Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 now available in US
Amazon starts selling it for a reasonable $249.99
Published: 25 April, 2012
While the Kindle Fire now looks like the iPad's most serious competitor Samsung's 7" Galaxy Tab is set to take a stab at reclaiming second place. The Galaxy Tab 2 not only offers a respectable if unspectacular list of specifications but more importantly an unarguably reasonable price tag. At $249.99 it's only $50 more than Amazon's own slate and offers several advantages that should make it a desirable tablet.
Compared to the original Galaxy Tab there isn't a world of difference between the two of them with the Tab 2 offering a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There's also a mircoSD card for expansion, something the Kindle Fire doesn't offer, and a rear-facing 3mp camera as well as a front-facing VGA one. One major selling point is the fact that it's going to come with Android 4.0 out of the box and won't make its owners wait for an upgrade.
Although it hasn't arrived with much fanfare it seems like Samsung has learned a thing or two since it released the original Tab to come up with its most competitive tablet yet. Aside from the obvious improvements in some ways it sets the bar lower than its predecessor with a lower amount of built-in storage and a VGA webcam rather than a 1.3mp one. This is not a bad thing though as it's hard to argue with its low price tag and gives consumers everything they could want without paying the earth.
Only time will tell if the new 7" Tab captures consumer's hearts but on paper it has all the right ingredients to achieve some respectable sales figures. However with Google set to release an equally reasonably priced slate with Asus later this year (rumoured to be in the $200 - $250 range), one which could outclass the new Tab with its hardware, it's set to make things more difficult for both Samsung and Amazon.