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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

The Galaxy Tab 2 310 is the lat­est seven-inch tablet from Samsung. The curved edges make it look sim­i­lar to the Galaxy Tab 620 that we re­viewed ear­lier this year. There is a hot swap­pable SIM card slot and mi­crosd card slot on the left panel with the power key and vol­ume con­trols on the right. The pro­pri­etary charg­ing port sits at the bot­tom with speak­ers on both the sides.

The tablet runs An­droid Ice-cream Sand­wich, but the in­ter­face looks sim­i­lar to Ginger­bread. There aren’t many changes, with the Google search icon on the top left and the ap­pli­ca­tion launcher tray on the right. Along with the three touch-keys (back, home and mul­ti­task­ing), there is an­other icon for cap­tur­ing screen­shot. There is an­other ar­row icon that opens a tray where we can add wid­gets like cal­cu­la­tor, world clock, mu­sic player, etc.

The main ap­pli­ca­tion menu is di­vided into apps and wid­gets. While brows­ing the web and check­ing emails was con­ve­nient, typ­ing wasn’t some­thing we were re­ally com­fort­able with. Also, the video qual­ity was about av­er­age and could not even match the ex­pe­ri­ence on the Ap­ple ipad 2, for­get about the new ipad. Samsung Tab yet again sup­ports call­ing, but the form fac­tor is not ideal for use as a phone.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

At this price point, the com­pe­ti­tion is from the iPad 2.

Specs:

An­droid v4.0; 7-inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play; 1GHz dual-core pro­ces­sor; 1GB RAM; HD video cap­ture; Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth, 3G; 345 gm.

GG

SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 2 310

Price: 23,250

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