The new Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is going to compete with comparatively cheap Chinese models like Huawei MediaPad.
- Samsung official site.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 user manual.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 driver and flash utility.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 firmwares.
The device has quite powerful hardware. The dual core processor has become almost standard for tablet computers of the middle-price category. The device has sufficient RAM of 1 GB. 16 GB is enough volume to store a small multimedia collection, including a few HD-films. Moreover one can install a 32 GB memory card and get a storage space of 48 GB.
As for wireless network, Tab 2 offers all the necessary functions including cellular network connection, 3G and 802.11b/g/n frequency. The Bluetooth of the 3.0 version gave a great deal of positive emotions as well. The absence of NFC cannot be considered as a serious drawback as this technology is not widely spread yet.
Still it’s difficult to make a choice when comparing the device to its strongest competitor, the Huawei MediaPad. Almost all the parameters are the same; still among the advantages of the Huawei model are a bit stronger processor, and “clearer” IPS-screen. On the other hand it has outdated Bluetooth version, 2.1 and weighs 41 grams more. Finally, Huawei cannot boast of the software.
It was decided to check the actual productivity in comparison to the already known PocketBook A7”, which has one core processor, 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM and weaker graphics processor. Let’s study the actual advantages of Tab 2 parameters.
SmartBench 2011 showed great results. Probably, the test managed to the full extent use the multicore processor of Samsung tablet, and its RAM. That’s why, 4 times better results are not a surprise. The 2012 result was not that clear. General productivity still preserved the 4 times advantage, on the other hand game possibilities are not so much behind any more.
AnTutu once again highlights the characteristics. The difference for all the results makes 2-4 for each one. The only “surprising” exclusion” is the two-dimensional graphics. Apparently the PowerVR SGX 530 chip is far from being perfect.
The Linpack test is based on the processor computing power; thus one shouldn’t expect any good A7” result.
A range of graphic tests has cleared out all the doubts that appeared after the Smartbench 2012 test. Each benchmark test revealed at least 2 time gap. The A7” owners shouldn’t be too optimistic about productivity of such “middle-class” tablets of the present time as Tab 2.
The PocketBook tablet was about 25% ahead during the wireless productivity test, which can be explained by the less load on the battery from the system and software. Still the more productivity is limited the better wireless productivity a device has. The AnTutu wireless productivity test revealed an insignificant difference, on the other hand we trust our own practical measurements much more.
In general more powerful processor and graphics processing unit of the device really give Tab 2 better characteristics. The advantage in comparison to less productive competitors, justify the price of the device.