Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0- Anyone have one?

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    Aug 10, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    I'm considering purchasing one, and was interested in thoughts/ opinions of any one who uses one, or even of the older iterations of the Galaxy tab. What are your likes/ dislikes? Any input would be appreciated- thanks.
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    Aug 10, 2012 12:37 PM GMT
    If you are looking to consider Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, I would recommend you to reconsider your thoughts on it, and look up Nexus 7.0 tablet instead.

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/28/nexus-7-review/

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    For the 8gb model, it only costs 200 bucks (i.e. equivalent of Kindle Fire), and for another input of 50 bucks, you can get the 16 gb model, which makes it as affordable as Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. What you have to keep in mind is SGT 2 7.0 is actually the budget friendly brother of the newer Samsung tablets, meaning it comes with a much outdated processor and also display quality.

    While Nexus 7.0 tablet was created by ASUS - a Taiwanese-based company - at the same price, it can offer you a whole lot of things. The screen quality stands at 1280x800 for its 7 inch screen, which will allow 1080p viewing of videos. It is equipped with quadcore Tegra 3 processor, so everything will run smoothly, including the graphic-intensive game. To top it off, it runs on Android 4.1 aka Jellybean, which is the newest OS for Android. It is suppose to be the smoother brother of ICS, which SGT 2 7.0 is going to come with.

    Having read many reviews, Nexus 7.0 tablet has almost no shortcoming compared to other tablets, minus the fact that it does lack rear camera. With that said, you aren't going to get that good of a photographing experience with most tablets, so this is definitely a flaw that you can overlook.
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:23 PM GMT
    leave it to the asians to school you in technology ;)
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:28 PM GMT
    I'm also looking at purchasing an Edsel!
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    Aug 10, 2012 2:02 PM GMT
    OMG, I was trying to remember what tablet I was going to buy myself! Thanks for threading! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

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    Aug 10, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    Yah as Stevee say
    Go for nexus 7 it's better and it has a good quad-core processor which is nvidia tegara and it's the fist table in the wold who has quad-core processor and it's so cheap 8gb 200$ and 16gb 250$
    Or you can wait for Samsung galaxy note 10.1
    Well I don't know who much it will cost but this will have also a quad core processor
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    Aug 10, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies. I have been comparing the Nexus 7- it's been down to that and the Galaxy 7 for a couple of weeks. The Nexus does have a a better display, and is slightly faster as far as I've been able to tell. However, the Galaxy has expandable memory via microsdhc cards(up to 32 GB) and has programs and features that the Nexus does not, the one of primary interest to me is a photo program. The Nexus seems mostly geared toward entertainment and gaming while the Galaxy is more of an all around machine. And they're the same price- I can actually get the Galaxy on sale this month for $229 with a case included.

    I don't want to go with a 10" tablet, I like the lightness and portability of the 7" as I'll mainly use it while traveling.
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    Aug 11, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    Woah.. $229 is a great deal. Personally, I've decided not to get the Nexus 7 after all. The quad core processor and the frequent OS updates on the Nexus are appealing. But at the end of the day, I think I would rather have expandable storage. I plan to use it for traveling also. So it's not like I'll have wifi everywhere to grab my content from the "cloud".

    My only concerns about the Tab2 is the proprietary connector. And built-in storage is 40% occupied by pre-installed programs. I guess either aren't much of a concern. Just buy additional connectors for work, home, car, etc. And expandable storage solves the other issue. Here are some reviews from Amazon. Should help provide some extra insight.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007P4VOWC/
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    Aug 11, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    I didn't know this until just now, but it's pretty important for anyone looking for a tablet that can support web browsing experience similar to that of a desktop/laptop.

    http://siliconangle.com/blog/2012/06/29/flash-dies-with-nexus-7-android-4-1-jelly-bean/

    For those who are too lazy to read the full article, basically the Adobe decided not to continue on with its support to mobile browsing anymore, which means any android platform 4.1 Jellybeans and up will NOT receive Adobe flash support. This means that you will not be able to view flash content with its default browser, but rather have to download browsers that do support flash content - much like what you have to do on an iPad or an iPhone.

    This is a rather alarming update because a huge number of supporters of Android OS depended on the browsing experience that was more extensive than that of an iOS.

    The good news is that adobe will continue to provide flash support to the operating systems that precede Android 4.1, which includes Android 4.0 of Ice Cream Sandwich. So, yes, you will still be able to view flash contents on the default browser on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. As for Nexus 7, you will have to find a browser that comes equipped with Adobe Air, because its default browser will not support Adobe Flash.
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    Aug 11, 2012 6:34 AM GMT
    what's the point of a tablet for again when you can use your giant smartphone to do the same task, idk but for the sake of this thread, Google Nexus 7 is really the best bang for your buck. One of the perks of buying Nexus 7 is when the next version of Android rumored to be Key Lime Pie come out, you will be able to upgrade it, that I know for sure. On the other hand, Sammie might forget about their Tab 2 because they have already worked on Tab 4 ... you know how Samsung operate, they come out with new stuff everyday, literally.
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    Aug 11, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    stevee90 saidI didn't know this until just now, but it's pretty important for anyone looking for a tablet that can support web browsing experience similar to that of a desktop/laptop.

    http://siliconangle.com/blog/2012/06/29/flash-dies-with-nexus-7-android-4-1-jelly-bean/

    For those who are too lazy to read the full article, basically the Adobe decided not to continue on with its support to mobile browsing anymore, which means any android platform 4.1 Jellybeans and up will NOT receive Adobe flash support. This means that you will not be able to view flash content with its default browser, but rather have to download browsers that do support flash content - much like what you have to do on an iPad or an iPhone.

    This is a rather alarming update because a huge number of supporters of Android OS depended on the browsing experience that was more extensive than that of an iOS.

    The good news is that adobe will continue to provide flash support to the operating systems that precede Android 4.1, which includes Android 4.0 of Ice Cream Sandwich. So, yes, you will still be able to view flash contents on the default browser on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. As for Nexus 7, you will have to find a browser that comes equipped with Adobe Air, because its default browser will not support Adobe Flash.


    People can easily confused and get the wrong idea from what you said here. Correction, Jelly Bean does not support Flash. It's not the Nexus 7's fault. Therefore if Samsung decided to roll out firmware upgrade for their Tab 2, you would be in the same boat but then you can choose not to upgrade it, miss out on new/improved features and let the world pass you by. However, what you can do is to either download older version of web browser that support flash (Dolphin HD 8.5.1, FireFox Beta) or hope HTML5 takes off for more interactive web content on mobile. Flash is becoming less and less relevant on mobile platform, but there are still a few odd times where you might need it.

    Flash never came to iOS and people are fine with it, matter of fact didnt really hurt their sale.
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    Aug 11, 2012 7:48 AM GMT
    Wow, thanks for all the input guys.

    I've checked out all the online reviews(CNET, etc.) and they do give the edge to the Nexus. I'm just trying to figure out which is more important to me- the faster processor/better display vs. expandable storage.

    I'm going back to Staples this afternoon and play with them some more. My local store has both on display connected to wifi. They're getting tired of seeing me there I think.

    Samsung does make a USB connector for the Galaxy- it's about $20.

    And yes, a smartphone will do most of what a tab will(& other things) but I don't have one and have no intention of getting a s-phone- I don't want/need monthly contract/service. This is for occasional use/traveling.

    Any of you actually have either The Galaxy or Nexus yet?
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    Aug 11, 2012 7:59 AM GMT
    Sungod17 saidWow, thanks for all the input guys.

    I've checked out all the online reviews(CNET, etc.) and they do give the edge to the Nexus. I'm just trying to figure out which is more important to me- the faster processor/better display vs. expandable storage.

    I'm going back to Staples this afternoon and play with them some more. My local store has both on display connected to wifi. They're getting tired of seeing me there I think.

    Samsung does make a USB connector for the Galaxy- it's about $20.

    And yes, a smartphone will do most of what a tab will(& other things) but I don't have one and have no intention of getting a s-phone- I don't want/need monthly contract/service. This is for occasional use/traveling.

    Any of you actually have either The Galaxy or Nexus yet?


    You sound like you need a 16G Nexus 7, but if you truly need more storage than that, a lightweight laptop is way to go.

    I been thinking of getting the Nexus but then decided to wait until Google announce their flagship Nexus phone sometime this Winter
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:45 AM GMT
    I've got Samsung netbook; I'm trying to downsize to something smaller/lighter. Hauling a 'puter bag through airports along w/ a carry-on is a hassle.
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:46 AM GMT
    If the Nexus 7 had expandable storage it would be the winner hands down.
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:08 AM GMT
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    Aug 11, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    Well, I just came back from two hours in Staples playing with tablets. After giving both the Galaxy and the Nexus a good workout, I decided that the Nexus was the better machine.

    The speed, smoothness, and display of the Nexus far outweighs it's drawbacks- mostly no rear camera and no expandable storage.

    However, the problem is now trying to buy one. The store had only the display model in the 16GB, and they weren't sure when they would be getting more. The manager told me that they were unloading a truck now and that there might be some on it; call after 4:00pm and ask.

    Frustrating!
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    Aug 11, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    Sungod17 saidWell, I just came back from two hours in Staples playing with tablets. After giving both the Galaxy and the Nexus a good workout, I decided that the Nexus was the better machine.

    The speed, smoothness, and display of the Nexus far outweighs it's drawbacks- mostly no rear camera and no expandable storage.

    However, the problem is now trying to buy one. The store had only the display model in the 16GB, and they weren't sure when they would be getting more. The manager told me that they were unloading a truck now and that there might be some on it; call after 4:00pm and ask.

    Frustrating!


    Its good to have a rear camera but for practicality reason, I dont see it. When did the last time you see anyone pose in front of their tablet. Download third application to use the camera and you're set (Instagram)