2012 has really been the year of the 7~ inch tablet, with key releases by Google and Apple in the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini. It is clear that users are trending towards smaller, more portable devices that are significantly cheaper than their beefier 10~ inch siblings.
Samsung released the first Android tablet in the form of the original Galaxy Tab which was 7 inches, but then focused in the 10 inch segment once Android’s dedicated tablet OS 3.2 Honeycomb came around. Debuting at a whopping $499, the Tab 10.1 was a beautiful piece of hardware that caught the eye of Google as it was selected to be one of the pieces of hardware given away during their 2011 I/O conference.
Now manufacturers across the board have shifted their focus to devices costing less than $300 and have displays smaller than 10 inches. Amazon and Barnes and Noble led this charge with their Kindle and Nook reading devices, but Samsung being the originator has released an excellent bit of competition in the form of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. In Movaluate’s “Best Bang for your Buck” tablet analysis, it landed in the top 3 alongside Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.
The Tab 2 7.0 was well received with an average review score of 7.43/10, and a fair market value of just $164–a bargain by any measure. If you are looking to buy a cheap, well performing device for reading, browsing, and gaming, the Tab 2 7.0 is a solid choice!