Samsung Philippines recently launched the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Android tablet. It’s a 7-inch tablet as the name implies and it joins the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus in the 7-inch tablet category. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 could be the official follow up to the original Galaxy Tab if we go by Samsung’s naming system, with Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus a mere special offering. If you are to compare the specs, though, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is better overall, although it’s also more expensive.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a good option if 7 inches is your display size of choice. It’s a capable tablet and is clearly better than the original Galaxy Tab both in terms of specs and design. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 runs a 1GHz dual-core CPU with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and complemented by 1GB of RAM. The Wi-Fi version retails for a tempting P12,990 and that gets you 16GB of internal storage and 3.15-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 720p videos, although the front camera is VGA quality only. If you opt for the Wi-Fi and 3G version, prepare to shell out P16,990.
The best option right now in the 7-inch category is Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, that is, if you can grab one. It has not been launched in the Philippines and there’s no word if it will be launched here at all. But if you can get one via other means, then you shou8ld go ahead and get one. The Nexus 7 sports a faster quad-core processor and it runs Jelly Bean, the latest and so far the best version of Android, not to mention that it’s cheaper at US$199.
For now, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is the best option in the Philippines if you are in the hunt for a quality 7-inch tablet that will not burn your pocket.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Specifications
- 7-inch PLS-LCD screen with 600 x 1024 resolution
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU
- PowerVR SGX540 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- microSD expansion slot
- 3.15-megapixel rear camera with 720p video recording
- VGA front camera
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- USB 2.0
- 4000mAh Li-Ion battery