Looking at tablets but don’t want to veer down the Apple path? You could check out our mission to save the BlackBerry PlayBook, or you could hold off for Samsung’s newest line of slates: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 have just been priced. Read on for the full details.
Samsung’s continuing its trend of offering customers choice by targeting its two new, awkwardly-named Galaxy Tabs at two different markets. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is sized and priced low enough to try and steal business from the booming Amazon Kindle Fire, while the 10.1-inch model will obviously be aiming to claim some business from would-be iPad buyers.
The good news is that they’re both dual-core and they both run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Inside both the Galaxy Tab 2 devices sits a 1-GHz dual-core processor, 3-megapixel rear camera and VGA front webcam. They’ve also got expandable storage (on top of the inbuilt 16GB) via MicroSD slot.
The main differences are in screen size, resolution and price. The 10.1 boasts a 1280 x 800 resolution, while the 7.0 sports 1024 x 600 pixels. Of the two, we’d say the Galaxy Tab with stronger appeal has to be the 7.0-inch model. It’s priced at $250 (£156), which puts it $50 more expensive than the Kindle Fire. For that small increase, you get unrestricted Android 4.0 action, as oposed to the locked-in Android 2.3 sitting behind the Kindle Fire’s UI.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, meanwhile is $450 (£282 on a direct conversion), which is $50 more than the $400 iPad. That’s a risky strategy, and one that’ll mean the 10.1 will only appeal to people with a resolutely non-Apple stance. Is that you? let us know below…