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Samsung Galaxy Tab Guide | 10.1, 8.9 and 7-inch Tablets Explained

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Samsung’s newest tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, goes on sale this weekend for $249. It will be the fourth 7-inch Galaxy Tab the company has released in the past couple of years and is very close in design and hardware to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which came out at the end of last year.

And let’s not forget the recently released Galaxy Tab 7.7 on Verizon Wireless…

Yeah, navigating all of this can be a bit confusing, so I put together a Guide to the Galaxy Tab to help you sort them out. Below is a list of all the Samsung tablets either currently on sale or announced for this year starting with 10-inch devices and moving on down. (I know I’m cheating a little by including the Galaxy Note, but it’s a tablet!)

All of the main prices listed are for the Wi-Fi only versions unless otherwise indicated. Carrier pricing is with a two-year contract.

10 Inch Tablets

Galaxy Note 10.1 Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Galaxy Tab 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1 Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Galaxy Tab 10.1
16/32/64GB, Price TBA $399 (16GB) $448 (16GB) | $599 (32GB)
Coverage Coverage Review
Carriers:

  • None announced
Carriers:

  • None announced
Carriers:

  • Verizon LTE ($529)
  • T-Mobile 4G ($399)
  • U.S. Cellular LTE ($699)
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Wait for this tablet if you want the best specs and the extra functionality offered by the S-Pen compatible display. Get this Tab if you’re looking for a solid device that’s easy on the budget. Get this Tab if you want a super thin and super light premium device. Since it’s a year old you’ll start to see deeper discounts soon.
Available: TBA Available: May 13 Buy It @ Amazon

8.9 Inch Tablet

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Galaxy Tab 8.9
$449 (16GB) | $510 (32GB)
Full Review
Carriers:

  • AT&T 4G/LTE ($479)
Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Get this Tab if you want a little more screen space than the 7-inchers offer but want a tablet you can use one-handed, unlike a 10-inch. No second-gen version announced, get it while you can.
Buy It @ Amazon

7 Inch Tablets

Galaxy Tab 7.7 Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Galaxy Tab 7.7 Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
$499 (16GB) 4G LTE Only $249 (8GB) $275 (16GB) | $410 (32GB)
Full Review Full Review Full Review
Carriers:

  • Verizon LTE ($499)
Carriers:

  • None announced
Carriers:

  • T-Mobile 4G ($99)
Android 3.2 Honeycomb Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Get this Tab if you want a super thin and super light tablet that can fit in a small bag or large pocket, has an amazing display, and offers constant mobile data connectivity. It’s expensive, but justifies the price for the intended audience. Sadly: no Wi-Fi version. Get this Tab if you’ve been eyeing the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet but want a device that has all the features and hardware full-fledged tablets offer. Get this Tab if you like the Tab 2 7.0 but want slightly better hardware. Samsung is phasing this model out (yes, even though it’s only a few months old) so it may be hard to find. Those you do find will probably be at a discount.
Buy It @ Verizon Wireless Available April 22 Buy It @ Amazon

Related: Buyer’s Guide — Pick The Perfect 7-inch Tablet Under $250

Galaxy Tab 7.0
Galaxy Tab 7.0
$349 (16GB)
Review Roundup
Carriers:

  • Sprint 3G ($199)
  • Verizon 3G ($49)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread (via update)
The first Galaxy Tab came out in 2010 and is still available today, but not for a price that matches the value. Though it launched on all four major carriers, only two still have it listed. Unless you get an extremely good deal, skip this in favor of a newer model.
(Don’t) Buy It @ Amazon

K. T. is a lover of technology, gadgets, and all things geek. She has the enviable job of playing with evaluating mobile tech and apps all day. Follow K. T. on Twitter @KTBradford, on Google+ and Tumblr or email her via her website, KTBradford.com.

2 Comments

  1. Tjames

    04/16/2012 at 10:27 pm

    I have the new iPad, but I was wanting to get an inexpensive android tablet to use on the side. I am leaning toward the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2 7.0. I am going to go to Best Buy and play with it before I decide to buy.

  2. Greg

    07/28/2012 at 5:50 pm

    Very cool device. I use the Galaxy Tab 8.9 for all of my graphic design needs. I love the versatility of ICS, and AT&T’s 4G LTE network has great coverage here in New York!

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