Difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Key Difference: The Samsung Tab 2 7.0 is a 7-inch tablet that offers a PLS TFT LCD display, with approximately 170 ppi density. The device is also available in two versions; Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G. The Wi-Fi only tablet is powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is available with the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and comes with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a 10.1-inch tablet that was launched in May 2012. The tablets sports a Plane Line Switching (PLS) TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 149 ppi density, making the resolution on the screen not that great. The Wi-Fi model is powered by 1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9, while the Wi-Fi + Mobile model is powered by 1.5GHz, Dual-core Krait Qualcomm processor.

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a major upgrade to the company’s original Samsung Galaxy Tab. The tab shares many features to its big brother The Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The tab is actually a downgrade compared to the Galaxy 7.0 Plus, including the price of the tablet. However, during the launch it was also the only Tablet on the market at that time which served the Android Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. The device is also available in two versions; Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G. Both the devices differ in a few areas so, when purchasing either device, make sure to once look over the various different features that are offered in the Wi-Fi + 4G, which are missing the Wi-Fi only model.

Both the models offer similar dimensions and major features, with the differences being only with the processor speed, OS, camera features and colors. The Samsung Tab 2 7.0 is a 7-inch tablet that offers a PLS TFT LCD display, with approximately 170 ppi density. The Plane to Line Switching (PLS) differs from the IPS technology of the other tablets and while it provides decent wide viewing angles, it still has a high propensity for reflecting surfaces. The display also lags compared to the other IPS displays with higher resolutions. The tablet is small and sleek compared to the other 7-inch devices making it lighter and easier to hold. The device has a sturdy design and has an all-grey plastic back. It has a thick bezel with a light grey screen. The device houses the power button, the volume button and the IR-port on the right side of the device, the microSD card slot is placed on the left side covered by a plastic flap. The 3.5mm jack is on top of the device and docking port is at the bottom.

The Wi-Fi only tablet is powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is available with the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and comes with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean. Both devices offer 1 GB RAM and are available with 8/16/32 GB internal storage capacity that is expandable by 32 GB. The tablets house a 3.15 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera for video conferencing. The VGA camera is a downgrade from the 2 MP offered on Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The camera also comes with a Flash that is placed under the camera on the back of the device. The 4 LTE tablets also come with additional camera features such as: Smile Shot, Geo-tagging, Editing Modes, Camcorder, DivX, HD Recording, HD Playback, Video Share and Online Image Uploading.

Both the devices sport IR blasters, which allow the tablet to be used as a fully-functioning remote control. The device houses a non-removable Lithium-ion 4,000 mAh that provides a lasts a good amount of time on the Wi-Fi as well as the 4G network. The device is available in black and white on the Wi-Fi + 4 LTE, while an additional Garnet Red color has been added to the line for the Wi-Fi only tablet. Both the models come with various built in Samsung Applications and have been approved for Enterprise by the Company, something known as SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise). This includes an array of business applications such as: Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access, Polaris® Office, Video Chat, Cisco WebEx, EAS IT Policy, HW Encryption and Sybase Afaria. However, it lacks in terms of tablet based applications in Google Play. Well, that is not exactly Samsung’s fault but it is one of things that have been keeping pushing sales of Apple tablets more than Android Tablets. Google Play has not been able to offer enough applications that support the tablet format. This problem should only be temporary as the demand for tablets is on the rise in the market.

Following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Samsung also needed a tablet for competing in the 10-inch tablet market. Lo and behold it launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which shares many similarities to its little brother. Similar to the Tab 2 7.0, the company launched two models of the Tab 2 10.1: Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Mobile. The Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Mobile are quite identical in looks and also have similar hardware under the hood. The only differences between the two are the processor speed, OS and the camera features. The two different models allow the consumer to have the choice of either having only Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Mobile capabilities and pay accordingly.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a 10.1-inch tablet that was launched in May 2012. According to many review websites, the tablet has been a bit of a letdown compared to the original Tab 10.1. The company has completely shifted the focus of the tab and has even downgraded some of the features. To some it is worth the price, while the others are willing to shell out a little extra if the features are up to mark. The company has managed to keep the slim and sleek design of the device, which is one of the many good features of the Tab. The chassis is plastic and is available in brushed Titanium Grey, giving it a metal look. The speakers have been moved to the front of the screen and placed between the bezel and the chassis, making it seem like the tablet has ‘ears’. This also takes away from the fluidity of the bezel of the screen.

The tablets sports a Plane Line Switching (PLS) TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 149 ppi density, making the resolution on the screen not that great. The company has managed to put excellent viewing angles on the device but it still has a lot of reflective ability, making it harder to work under direct sunlight. The Wi-Fi model is powered by 1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9, while the Wi-Fi + Mobile model is powered by 1.5GHz, Dual-core Krait Qualcomm processor. Both the models offer 1 GB RAM. The device is a bit jerky in responding and is a little slow when switching between home screens. The Wi-Fi model comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + Mobile comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but fear not the Wi-Fi model is upgradable to v4.1. Samsung has also added a screenshot button to the soft buttons at the bottom of the screen.

When in landscape mode, the device houses five features on the top of the device: a volume rocker, microSD slot, power/sleep button, an IR blaster, and a headphone jack. The camera sans flash resides on the back, while a dock connector and microphone pinhole are at the bottom of the device. The device offers a 3MP rear camera and a VGA camera for video calling. The rear camera offers decent images, though they images may be grainy when not taken in adequate lighting. The Wi-Fi model offers various camera features such as: Shot Modes

Effects, ISO, Scene mode, Shooting mode, White balance, Camcorder, HD Recording and

HD Playback. The device also has video taking capability. The tablet is available with 16/32 GB internal storage capacity that is upgradable by 32GB. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 houses a powerful non-removable Li-Po 7000 mAh battery, providing a good battery life compared to many other tablets. The device comes with already loaded Samsung apps, while other apps can be downloaded from the Google Play.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Samsung website, pcmag.com, engadget.com, expertreviews.co.uk and GSMArena.com.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Launch Date

April 2012

May 2012

Company

Samsung

Samsung

Size

193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm

256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm

Display

7.0 in (18 cm) PLS TFT LCD display

10.1-inch PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1024 × 600 pixels (~170 ppi pixel density)

800 x 1280 pixels (~149 ppi pixel density)

Protection

N/A

Corning Gorilla Glass

Weight

345 grams

581 grams (Wi-Fi only) and 583 (Wi-Fi + Mobile)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - GT-P3100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GT-P3105

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

Depends on market capability

LTE Dual-band:17 and 4

GUI

TouchWiz UX UI

TouchWiz UX UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Dual-core processor/ 1.2 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm processor (4G)

1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9 (Wi-Fi only)1.5GHz, Dual-core Krait, Qualcomm (Wi-Fi + Mobile)

GPU

PowerVR SGX540

PowerVR SGX540

OS

Android OS v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android v4.0 (Wi-Fi) and Android v4.1 (Wi-Fi + Mobile)

Chipset

TI OMAP 4430

TI OMAP 4430

RAM

1 GB RAM

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

mini-SIM

mini-SIM

Internal Memory

8/16/32 GB

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 32GB

Upgradable to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, digital compass, light and proximity

Accelerometer, light, compass

Connectivity

2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth technology v3.0, USB 2.0 Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct

EDGE, GPRS, LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, USB Host, Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Speed

HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, HS

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

USB

USB v2.0, USB On-the-go

USB v2.0, USB Host

Primary Camera

3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels

3.15 MP

Secondary Camera

VGA

VGA

Video

Full HD @30fps

Full [email protected]

Camera Features

  • LED Flash
  • Smile Shot
  • Geo-tagging
  • Editing Modes
  • Camcorder
  • DivX
  • HD Recording
  • HD Playback
  • Video Share
  • Online Image Uploading
  • Shot Modes
  • Effects
  • ISO
  • Scene mode
  • Shooting mode
  • White balance
  • Camcorder
  • HD Recording
  • HD Playback

Sound Enhancement

SoundAlive

SoundAlive

Audio supported formats

MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, OGG

MP3, AAC/ AAC+/ EAAC+, WMA, OGG (vorbis), FLAC, AC-3

Video supported formats

3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM

3GP, AMR, H.263, H.264, MPEG4,QCIF

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Lithium-ion 4,000 mAh

Non-removable Li-Po 7000 mAh battery

Talktime

2G: 40 hours

3G: 20 hours

3G: 12 hours

Standby Time

2G: 1190 hours

3G: 1080 hours

3G: 26 Days

Available Colors

Black, White, Red

Titanium Silver, White

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS

Email, Push Email, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

No

No

GPS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS with GLONASS

Java

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • IR blaster
  • TV Out
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Quickoffice HD editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access
  • Polaris® Office
  • Video Chat
  • Cisco WebEx
  • EAS IT Policy
  • HW Encryption
  • Sybase Afaria
  • Samsung Media Hub
  • Built-in Samsung Apps
  • 50GB of free Dropbox storage for a year
  • Smart Unlock
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Downloadable Content
  • Samsung Media Hub
  • Samsung S Suggest
  • Samsung Kies/ Kies Air
  • Polaris Document editor
  • Samsung L!ve Panel

Images Courtesy: samsung.com

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