Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) First Impressions

The Motorola Droid MAXX may have set the bar too high for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) to compete.

 

My new #VZWVoices #fan device - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

My new #VZWVoices #fan device – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Fans Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”

Brenda Todd VZWVoices fan

Brenda’s oh-so-subtle hints.

You know when you’re waiting for a package it takes even longer for it to arrive? It’s worse than watching water boil.

Our #VZWVoices #fan program leader Brenda made it even more suspenseful with the hints she dropped on Twitter.

My mind wandered as to all the possibilities. (I was really hoping for something with an S-pen.)

Of course we had some guesses as to what it wouldn’t be too as seen by @Evil_Shero’s tweet…

Frankly, I would have been okay with either of those as well. Okay, maybe not the helicopter since I have a fear of heights but bring on the cake!

Turns out it really wasn’t cake but something that would help me take the next step in the transition from Apple to Android.

I went from an iPhone 4S to the Motorola Droid MAXX last fall. Now… from the iPad mini to the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. That means no more fighting over the iPad mini since I’ll have my own tablet.

Three very quick observations:

One, I know this is comparing apples (phones) to oranges (tablets) but the biggest thing I noticed was the resolution difference.

The Droid MAXX was named one of CNET’s 12 smartphone stand outs in 2013. It wasn’t long before I got used to the awesome graphics and great picture clarity since getting the phone last September.

So going from the Droid MAXX’s 5-inch HD 720p (720 x 1280 pixels) to the Galaxy Tab 2’s 7-inch WSVGA (600 x 1024 pixels) was a little disappointing.

Even when comparing the two native Twitter apps (I spend a lot of time on Twitter) between the two devices I noticed the font/lettering wasn’t as discernible on the Galaxy Tab 2.

I might have gained two inches in display width but I lost pixels and HD quality. I guess it’s a trade-off I am willing to live with.

(My kids did note the Galaxy Tab 2 has a strangely wide bezel around the display. What’s up with that Samsung?)

Two, on the positive side the Galaxy Tab 2 has its own 4G LTE capabilities. Now I can surf just about anywhere Verizon Wireless has signal.

I’ve always had to rely on the mobile hot spot feature of my Motorola Droid MAXX to surf the internet on our iPad mini when there’s no WiFi. (Tethering from my phone has saved me countless times in the past few months.)

Three, a microSD card slot gives me the option to add up to 64GB of storage on top of the built-in 8GB which isn’t a whole lot of memory. (The Droid MAXX itself has 32GB.) I like to take lots of random pictures so when my phone is not handy I’ll just use my Galaxy Tab 2.

Hopefully this doesn’t come off as me not grateful for the new device because I am.

But…

Overall, I really wanted to be more excited about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 but it just wasn’t sexy as I thought it would be. The Droid MAXX raised the bar so high that anything less than that wasn’t going to live up to expectations.

Plus, no S-pen. 😛

If y’all have suggestions on some cool things I can do with the Galaxy Tab 2 please send your comments my way. Maybe I’m just not utilizing it to its full potential.

Thanks for reading.