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