It came as a surprise when many people started using Tab 2 7.0 as their primary phone but as the time progressed, more and more such phones came in the market and were named phablets.
The big manufacturers were compelled to follow the trend of budget tablets as the number of these tablets was rising very fast. This lead to the launch of the third version of Galaxy Tab 7-inch with just a few minor adjustments in the looks to make it seem younger. This tab was launched at the same price as that of its predecessor. Here is a quick review of the various features of this tablet.
Design and build
The tab has borrowed its design specification from Galaxy note 10.1 and has got its rounded edges and slightly concave sides. The tablet’s bezel is a lot thinner resulting in lesser width and height of the tablet. This tablet has been made slightly thinner with thickness of 9.9 mm and this also a bit lighter with the weight of 306 g. This size and weight difference doesn’t make a huge difference as this device still feels a bit chunky and heavy in comparison to the other tablets. This tablet has a 7-inch TFT display with a 1024 X 600 resolution screen. Around the display, there are sensors, buttons and ear piece. On the sides, micro sim and micro SD card slots are present that are covered by flaps. It also has the customary volume rocker and power button. Along the bottom of the tablet along with the microUSB port, the stereo speakers are present. This tablet supports a glossy back that is quite uninteresting and a finger print magnet. This tablet support a fixed 3.0 megapixel camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera. Other than the thinner bezel and white design nothing special has changed in this tablet.
This tablet is loaded with Jelly bean 4.1.2 with Samsung’s touch wiz user interface. Easily accessible app store is also present with the other flagship apps of Samsung. This tablet also has the popular video player of Samsung that can play almost every format. The screen brightness is quite good but overall the display looks a bit chunky specially the texts. Some inputs are skipped as the sensitivity is not very good. The user interface lags despite of the fact that it has 1 GB ram and jelly bean. This what strange also because this tablet has got 1.2GHz dual-core Marvell chipset. The tablet is available in two variants related to memory. The 8 GB variant had 5.1 GB usable space.
The music player is quite easy to use and has got a nice interface. It can sort your music library into four categories according to your mood namely “Exciting”, “Joyful”, “Calm” and “Passionate”.
Quad band GSM and 3g is supported by the tablet. Voice calls are handled quite well by the ear piece. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
The back camera is a major disappointment as it is barely functional for outdoor shots. The quality of video recording is also below average.
This is the best thing in this tablet as the battery can keep going on for incredibly longer periods.