SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 2
Starts at Rs 19,500
Undoubtedly, Samsung has made some of the best-looking Android tablets till date and Galaxy Tab 2 is one such device. The Samsung Tab 2 sports a 7-inch display and is housed in a plastic body that has become the hallmark of Samsung’s design portfolio. For many, a plastic body may just not cut it anymore.
A 1 GHZ Dual Core TI OMAP 4430 chip powers the Samsung Galaxy Tab and keeps it running at fine speeds. The dual core processor is enough for daily tasks and the occasional gaming. Tab 2 delivers good Android 4.0 experience and trumps other me-too tablets in extras by including dual cameras, expandable memory and TV remote-control functionality. Galaxy Tab 2 ships in 8GB and 16GB versions and is upgradeable via a microSD card slot. This is a reason why many buyers prefer an Android tablet over an iPad which comes in fixed memory sizes with no scope for expansion via microSD.
Galaxy Tab 2 has a smaller 7-inch PLS display than iPad Mini, and also has a lower resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Users of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 can hope for passable photos with the device’s 3-megapixel rear camera, and the front-facing VGA camera should just about do the trick for basic video-conferencing and grainy self-portraits.
Android’s older Ice Cream Sandwich version that runs Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will feel a little jerky if you have used a Google Nexus 7 before, else it will be hard to point the faults in this version of Android. This is because the new Jelly Bean Android buffering software works to create a smoother user experience, removing a number of software issues that hampered Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) devices.
Overall, the Galaxy Tab 2, when compared with the iPad Mini, proves to be an economical device and will surely get many votes in favour from those who want a reasonably-rich featured device without overrunning their budgets.