Switching toys.

Some weeks ago I got myself a Lenovo IdeaPad A1 for testing purposes and eBook reading and so on. Shortly after installing it, the IdeaPad showed the often discussed ghostfinger bug, which practically made the device unusable. When also the replacement of the Lenovo tablet showed some heavy issues (permanent reboots), I decided to switch to a other tablet device.

Quite fast I decided that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi is the right device for me, as it features all the stuff I primarily wanted. On the day I wanted to order it, Google also released their Nexus 7 here in Germany and I was back in the “decision zone” for some more days. After some heavy analysis and a list of things that are important for me, I decided to still stick with the Samsung device, since the Nexus 7 was missing a backside camera, the microSD slot and Adobe Flash OOTB.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 16GB WiFiSo I bought the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 16GB – P3110 at a online dealer that was able to fastly deliver it. It features the following specifications:

  • 7″ size with 1024*600 pixel resolution
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Camera Rear, 3.0MP
  • Front VGA camera
  • TI OMAP 4430, dual-core processor 1.0 GHz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal Memory: 16GB
  • MicroSD slot up to 32GB
  • PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • Adobe Flash OOTB
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • DLNA
  • Bluetooth 3.0 including HS and A2DP
  • GPS
  • stereo speakers

Setup of the tablet was flawless and fastly finished as I backuped most of my data through my Google account. Using it for some days now, I’m really satisfied with the overall experience of this tablet. It’s perfectly sized to use as eBook reader, powerful enough to play movies and also demoscene stuff. Everything is flawless without stutters. I’ll post some more stuff after using it a bit, but my first impression is very good.

And honestly: I really ask myself if there are really douchebags out there confusing a Samsung tablet with an iPad. Either such people must be basically blind or just plain stupid. Just because almost everything is different to the iPads I used before. The UI is different. The design is different. And even the MANUFACTURER’S LOGO is different.