Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Software
It is not a mystery that the device has Android 4.0 with TouchWiz add-on installed. If you once used one of Samsung devices with installed Android 3.x, Android ICS with TouchWiz of Tab 2 is not going to surprise you. Even more, all the changes first and foremost were done to the device’s design and one get’s a feeling to be using the improved version of Android 3.x.
The Start Menu offers no screen blocking. The function of blocking the screen wasn’t found in any of the device settings including system settings. Is that a peculiarity of the production unit? Possibly. So, on the main screen one can see a range of programs placed in two rows, the upper part has Google search shortcut, indication of desktop number, and switch to the full program list. The left part of the bottom panel has the standard for Android ICS set of virtual buttons: Back, Start Menu, Task Manager and Screenshot.
After pushing the Home button one may see all the possible desktops; delete the old ones and add the new ones. The pop-up panel with a list of programs for quick launch is placed in the bottom part. The list cannot be changed. The device has the tray as well, still it is almost the same as in Android 3.õ.
One can not call the choice of widgets and wallpaper logical. Making a little longer touch on any screen one gets the addition’s menu and sees options suggested. The list of commands is disappointing as well, for instance one can hardly understand what is meant under the phrase “To choose wallpaper from the Main Screen”.
The device has surprisingly small number of wallpapers suggested; on the other hand the pictures are extremely attractive. The device has interactive wallpapers as well.
There is quite a big choice of widgets. It is, on the other hand, not very original – there are gadgets for all the basic programs.
The list of the programs installed is not small per se, but one is acquainted with it from the previous Samsung devices. On the other hand such a list is more than enough for a common user.
As we have already mentioned there are no many programs that are new or changed. Anyway, let’s look through them. Firstly, it is the most powerful office packet Polaris Office.
The tablet has a new version with interface that is totally different from the one of Galaxy S II. Firstly, the menu has a different look. It informs us that the program can support “cloud” services. The file manager was changed; it became much more convenient and functional. The upper panel gives opportunity to create a new file immediately, add a new button, and change the order of files and search.
The editor panel in text documents editor is now located at the upper right corner. It appears after a section of text is emphasized.
The table editor is organized in the same way.
The procedure of creation of slides was improved as well. The settings order became clearer.v
The Pulse program is quite interesting. It is a creative approach to making of some kind of own RSS- feed, moreover its design reminds of a mini-site, not a boring text list.
Moreover feed sets are organized in the form of “desktops”. For instance, one can place fashion feeds in one of them, and technical feeds in another one. Generally speaking, a true Web 2.0, as it should be.
The calendar got new looks as well. On the other hand it is difficult to name anything outstanding. One may set different tasks for each day, and there is a possibility to synchronize the work of your devices.
Samsung Apps design was improved. The applications are now better organized, still the dark background is not the best choice for the service.