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Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition Could Hurt Nexus 7

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Best Buy is expected to sell a tablet/keyboard bundle of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in a few weeks for $249 USD.

An anonymous reader sent Engadget proof that Samsung plans to sell a Student Edition of its Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet at Best Buy sometime around August 19. This would mean the gadget will likely appear in the Sunday paper adverts along with other competitors pushing their back-to-school bargains before students hit classes this fall.

According to the tipster, the 7-inch Android tablet will be bundled with a keyboard dock and a USB peripheral connector. But the big news here is that this bundle will supposedly only retail for $249 -- the same price as the 16 GB version of Google's Nexus 7 tablet. The Galaxy Tab itself -- Samsung's 8 GB Wi-Fi only model -- isn't quite as feature-packed as Google's offering, but the added keyboard certainly makes up the difference.

Over on Samsung's website, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 specs (and here's a pdf) show that it comes packed with a 7-inch, WSVGA (1024 x 600) TFT screen. It only carries 8 GB worth of internal storage, but an added microSD card slot allows users to expand its capacity up to 32 GB. The tablet also features a rear-facing 3MP camera for photo shoots, and a VGA front-facing camera for video conferencing.

As for other bells and whistles, the Samsung tablet sports a 1.0 GHz dual-core SoC, 1 GB of RAM, a Li-Polymer 4,000 mAh battery, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0, a USB 2.0 Host port, and a built-in IR blaster for turning the tablet into a Smart Remote for your TV. The OS of choice is Google's 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which may or may not hit Jelly Bean status, depending on Samsung's mood.

The photo of the boxed Student Edition handed over to Engadget shows a white bevel on the tablet (as shown on the Samsung Mobile website here), and a white keyboard. So far Best Buy hasn't announced anything official, and it may not, letting customers discover the bargain in paper and online adverts.


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    kawininjazx , August 9, 2012 7:42 PM
    Lower resolution, slower, older OS, less storage....I don't think so.
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    voodoobunny , August 9, 2012 7:46 PM
    $249 for dual-core, 8GB storage and a 1024x600 screen? That's a serious step down from the Nexus 7. Even with the keyboard, it would be a tough sell at $199 and no competition at $249. What are they thinking?
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    misterawsome , August 9, 2012 7:32 PM
    yea but it only has ics and a dual core
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    misterawsome , August 9, 2012 7:32 PM
    yea but it only has ics and a dual core
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    darkchazz , August 9, 2012 7:34 PM
    "....Could Hurt Nexus 7"
    nope
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    kawininjazx , August 9, 2012 7:42 PM
    Lower resolution, slower, older OS, less storage....I don't think so.
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    voodoobunny , August 9, 2012 7:46 PM
    $249 for dual-core, 8GB storage and a 1024x600 screen? That's a serious step down from the Nexus 7. Even with the keyboard, it would be a tough sell at $199 and no competition at $249. What are they thinking?
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    fancarolina , August 9, 2012 8:08 PM
    Adding the keyboard doesn't "make up" the difference. Lower resolution and dual-core processors aren't a problem that can be solved later a keyboard is.
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    teh_chem , August 9, 2012 8:18 PM
    Doubtful. But even if it could, I hope students enjoy losing all of their session notes because of crappy unstable apps that constantly crash mid-use. I'm a fan of android devices for phones and media-consumption, but it still can't handle productivity reliably. Not to the point where I'd use it if I were a student.
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    boogalooelectric , August 9, 2012 8:36 PM
    My wife has a Galaxy 2 and the device is high quality. This is not to say that the article is correct but the Galaxy 2 works well and has many features. I originally bought her a lenovo A1 but that tablet is borked. Newegg allowed me to exchange it for the Samsung and pay the difference. I would have bought her a Nexus 7 if Newegg carried it which they do not. However she loves her new tablet, she uses it all the time. The fact it only has a dual core processor is not an issue, its quick, has a fast boot up time and does what she wants it to.

    I imagine this wille be voted down but I thought it might help to get a different opinion than the above "nope's, I don't think so's, and what were they thinking' comments.
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    dalethepcman , August 9, 2012 8:45 PM
    It comes in a white box, and it has white plastic. I think this looks like an iPad, someone at apple should take note.
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    belardo , August 9, 2012 9:24 PM
    Yeah! I was confused by the Samsung logo and thought it said iPad.
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    invlem , August 9, 2012 10:20 PM
    Competition = Good
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    NuclearShadow , August 9, 2012 11:25 PM
    I suppose this would be more appealing to students that care less about specs and more of the convince of the keyboard.

    dalethepcmanIt comes in a white box, and it has white plastic. I think this looks like an iPad, someone at apple should take note.


    So true, I am so confused by this. Everybody knows that Apple created the color white. Steve Jobs invented it!
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    dffeitlstp , August 10, 2012 12:23 AM
    Samsung's mood is the problem I have with it. Samsung borked my Moment Android phone after one update. Not going back for more disappointment...
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    livebriand , August 10, 2012 3:22 AM
    All the Android skins I've seen are crap. That alone makes the Nexus 7 win. (besides, it has a USB port, so can't I just use any old keyboard I have lying around?)
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    csbeer , August 10, 2012 3:43 AM
    I returned a friend's Nook (which is decent in it's own right) for this several months ago and can't be happier. This little tablet is what it is, and does the functions of a tablet just fine. Wow, you critics who slam the thing on specs obviously have never used one, do you really need a quad core to run apps? Is your manhood at stake if you don't bash inferior powered devices ? I don't get why you need to attack the thing, it's just a fucking tablet, get over yourselves.
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    jojesa , August 10, 2012 4:55 AM
    Since Samsung is gearing their tab toward students it might be a better deal.
    The Nexus devices does not support WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WiFi (I contacted Google support), used in many colleges, universities & schools.
    You could add a 32GB SDHC to a Samsung Tab for $20 or less, so storage is not an issue.
    I have both devices and the both perform very good, most people will not see the deference in performance.

    Google support conversation:
    (for real and the person did not have a accent)
    me: Hi, I am not able to connect to WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WiFi networks.
    Google: Are you able to connect at McDonald's? Because if you do the problem is not with the Nexus device.
    Me: I have not been around a McDonald's since I got the device. I usually do not frequent that place.
    Google: Is the device connecting to your home WiFi?
    Me: Yes.
    Google: The device works and the problem is with your enterprise network.
    Me: I have tried several devices (Samsung Nexus phone, Samsung Tab, Asus Transformer, etc) and they all connect, so the network is working just fine.
    We went back and forth and he put me on hold...came back after a minute.
    Google: Sorry for putting you on hold but I was told that the Asus Nexus 7 does not support WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WiFi.
    Me: Thanks...Have a nice day.
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    law shay , August 10, 2012 6:36 AM
    I imagine this wille be voted down but I thought it might help to get a different opinion than the above "nope's, I don't think so's, and what were they thinking' comments.

    No, you don't. Dual-core is good enough.

    The above "nope"s are saying the article is nonsense. Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is much worse (featurewise) than Nexus 7 yet is more expensive.

    You are saying without comparing with Nexus 7, GT 2 7.0 is good enough. :D 
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    bryonhowley , August 10, 2012 7:16 AM
    teh_chemDoubtful. But even if it could, I hope students enjoy losing all of their session notes because of crappy unstable apps that constantly crash mid-use. I'm a fan of android devices for phones and media-consumption, but it still can't handle productivity reliably. Not to the point where I'd use it if I were a student.

    teh_chemDoubtful. But even if it could, I hope students enjoy losing all of their session notes because of crappy unstable apps that constantly crash mid-use. I'm a fan of android devices for phones and media-consumption, but it still can't handle productivity reliably. Not to the point where I'd use it if I were a student.

    I have 4 Android Tablets and an Android Phone have not had any problems with any of my devices. None of them have ever had a problem with unstalbe apps or crashes.
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    belardo , August 10, 2012 11:06 AM
    jojesaGoogle: Sorry for putting you on hold but I was told that the Asus Nexus 7 does not support WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WiFi.Me: Thanks...Have a nice day.
    What fracking idiot thought that NOT having WPA2 is a good idea? Its been around for more than a few years.
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    belardo , August 10, 2012 11:11 AM
    csbeerI don't get why you need to attack the thing, it's just a fucking tablet, get over yourselves.
    Nobody is saying that this Samsung is a POS because it just is. The problem is that its become out-dated for the price they are asking for it.

    Would you spend $200 for a Samsung Galaxy S1 or $200 for a Samsung Galaxy S3 - today? Of course you wouldn't. Why? The S1 is a two year old design that is a POS in every way compared to the S3.

    The Nexus7 at $200 is better than this 7" Samsung product that is $250 which includes a $50 keyboard. If they offered it for $150, it would be an excellent deal.
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    cknobman , August 10, 2012 1:01 PM
    1.0 Ghz dual core processor????

    That phucker better be based of Cortex-A15
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