Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition Hits Stores & Continues to Disappoint (Video)

A few days ago I reported that Samsung was about to release a tablet bundle deal based on their Tab 2 7.0 Android tablet. This bundle wasn't supposed to hit store shelves until 19 August, but it seems to have shown up early at some Best Buy stores.One early adopter picked it up, and in the following unboxing video he confirms that this is a new white Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and that the keyboard and USB adapter accessories are the ones which were already available for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. The retail price was $250.

I've watched the video and I still don't like this bundle. It takes a marginal tablet and combines it with a limited function dock and a limited function USB expander port. Neither accessory does much nor can they work together.

And while Samsung may be calling this a student bundle I don't think they thought it through. What good is a keyboard dock if you cannot plug other accessories like thumb drives, external DVD drives? Why no card slots? Oh, and I don't see how this could be a decent alternative to a netbook, not without either a trackpad or mouse. I wonder why they didn't include a mouse?

Frankly, I think you'd be better off getting a tablet that comes with more ports and then adding either a BT or USB keyboard and mouse. Now that could be useful.

Someone wake me when Samsung makes a useful accessory (which wasn't copied from Apple). Then I'll get interested.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0  Specs

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1GHz dual-core TI CPU
  • 7" (1024 x 600) screen
  • capacitive touchscreen
  • 8GB Flash storage
  • microSD slot
  • Cameras 3MP (rear), VGA (front)
  • Wifi, Bluetooth
  • 4Ah battery
  • Size 7.6 x 4.8 x 0.41 inches
  • Weight 12.2 ounces

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18 Comments on Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition Hits Stores & Continues to Disappoint (Video)

  1. This is idiotic. What is copied from Apple? A 7″ tablet? A keyboard? You are a moron.

    • Clearly you don’t know how to read.

      I criticize these accessories and then say i want to be notified when Samsung invents a good accessory instead of copying Apple. Where does that imply that these accessories are copied from Apple? That really makes no sense.

      It’s pretty clear that I’m heckling Samsung for not being able to create decent accessories on their own. Given that they are infamous for copying Apple I would have thought this was obvious.

  2. Oh! You meant how Samsung copied the Rectangle from Apple. Too bad Euclid came up with that first. Moron.

  3. Um it might be an extremely unofficial maneuver of Samsung, as the product was made by a different company. This does not take away from the point that you are a moron. It’s not a “marginal” tablet–it has similar specs to the latest Nexus tablet. You gave no reason to call it “marginal”–that was just trash talk. And you actually asked what good is a keyboard! Don’t you know what a keyboard is for, you idiot?

    • LOL

      The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has an older and weaker CPU than on the Nexus 7, costs $50 more, and runs an older version of Android than does the Nexus 7. That’s what you think is comparable?

      You’re funny. Please stick around. The blog could use a court jester.

      • Moron. You just compared them–of course they are comparable. They are similar products in terms of functionality and performance. Some might prefer the expandability and second camera of the Tab. The larger point is that you are talking out of your ass. Have you figured out what a keyboard is used for yet?

  4. Nate, where do you find these people? Funny.

  5. Admit it Nate, Ars Ted is a fictional character, a writers device you created to discuss Samsung’s repeated miscues in the tablet world.

    Please?

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