"Not perfect, but good value for a capable tablet"4.0 starson by Miguel-Mcdonald
Pros: Built-in speakers, bright display, subjectively realistic color, excellent form factor for travel, came with android 4 ics, smooth video playback
Cons: Un-removable bloatware, unable to move apps or data to external SD card, should come with 16gb internal storage, touchscreen sometimes slow to respond, battery life with WifI on could be better, shortage of compatible accessories
Summary: I wanted to replace my first-gen iPad with a 7" tablet. My choice came down to this device and the Nexus 7. Samsung won for one simple reason: the micro SD slot. If you have any desire to carry video around to watch where you can't stream, you need storage space.
The Gtab is lighter than the iPad -- though hardly lightweight, especially when compared to a Nook Touch -- which makes a difference for extended reading of e-books, or reading while lying down. Being a smaller device, it's also easier to travel with; it doesn't take up as much room in a carry-on and it fits in a coat pocket (or even a cargo pocket in my shorts!). The micro SD card slot means I can carry more videos to watch on a plane, though the battery life for video isn't as long as I'd like. Battery life while streaming Netflix via WiFi is even less; it's good for 2 - 2.5 hours and then it's time to recharge.
I don't understand complaints I've read about the screen and its resolution. The screen is bright (turn off the auto brightness adjustment and do it manually), colors look reasonably good, and playback is smooth. Any artifacts I've seen in videos come from the videos themselves, not the screen. It's a 7-inch tablet; how many more pixels do you need?
Small speakers don't sound particularly great, but these are at least good enough to let someone else listen with me on occasion. Sound through good headphones is quite good.
The Gtab is good for reading, too; the size makes it easier to handle than the iPad. I've had some issues with certain e-books, but they're from the e-book or the reader app, not from the tablet.
I'm not happy about the lack of an adapter for video out so I could watch purchased movies/TV shows on my HDTV (although reading elsewhere indicates that you can't port DRMed material on any of the Tab devices to a TV through Samsung's HDMI adapter (which is not compatible with this device)). For that matter, not happy with the custom connector in the first place. A mini- or micro-USB connector would have made life easier all the way 'round. There also appears to be no docking station of any kind that's compatible with this particular device. (Seriously, Samsung? You have other tablets with the same type of connector, but you changed the pin-outs or something on THIS device so that it can't be used with any of the accessories that work with them?)
I'm glad that the Gtab came with Android 4 installed, so I didn't need to wait for an upgrade (the Gtab recently upgraded itself to version 4.0.4). However, I'm not happy that there is so much bloatware preinstalled, and no way to remove it without rooting the tablet. I also dislike the fact that there is no way to move apps -- or data that they download/install -- to the external SD card without rooting the tablet. Some apps can't even see the external card (which, I realize, could be the fault of the app rather than the tablet).
Given that Samsung has locked down so many things to internal storage, it would have been nice to have a 16gb device available. I'd have paid an extra $50 for that. Instead, I'll get around to rooting the tablet one of these days so I can ditch stuff I don't use and move data (downloaded videos and books) to external storage. For now, though, the combination of price, usability, and form factor means that I'm fairly happy with the Gtab.
Note: If you're switching to the Gtab from an iPad, and want to continue using iTunes for organize your music, get the iSyncr WiFi app. You may have to create special playlists -- iSyncr doesn't support picking & choosing songs/videos, it just grabs the whole playlist -- but this is the best iTunes tool available on Android right now, lastly before you will purchase this Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch version, I suggest you have to check for best price at: wifi-tablets.blogspot.com/p/samsung-galaxy-tab-2-7-inch.html
Thank for reading, and I hope this review is helpfuls.
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