If you read my post comparing the Kindle Fire to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, you probably think you know how this particular matchup is going to end. After all, the Nook has many of the same limitations as the Fire, including limited hardware and app selection. However, the Nook has some benefits over the Kindle Fire that make it a better choice for some consumers, even over the Tab 2.
With the introduction of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Samsung has entered the low-cost tablet space with an excellent entrant. Priced at $249, it’s only $50 more than the $199 Kindle Fire from Amazon. The price alone is enough to tempt many users, but $50 is a significant gap when budgets are tight. Is the Galaxy Tab 2 worth the $50 premium?
According to research cited by Samsung, over 80% of tablet owners use the device while sitting in front of the TV. Because of this, Samsung included an IR blaster on the Galaxy Tab 2 along with the Peel Smart Remote app. The idea is to make the Tab 2 the center of your home media setup, thus making it the center of your world.
Samsung's new Galaxy Tab represents a welcome shift in the company's attitude toward the tablet market. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 offers the full tablet experience with the newest Android operating system, Bluetooth, cameras, and a few other extras Amazon and Barnes & Noble's tablets don't offer. All for $249.
The Tab 2 has a dual-core processor, not quad-core like the ASUS Transformer Prime, and will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Unlike the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab on the market now, the Tab 2 will have a micro SD slot to expand the on board storage (16GB or 32GB). Samsung will offer Wi-Fi only and 3G versions; no mention of 4G.