Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 For Verizon First Impressions

The 7-inch tablet market has been quite crowded these past few months, with devices launching every few weeks. Even today Amazon has launched a new 7-inch device, and it doesn’t look like this trend will be slowing down anytime soon. One thing that has been lacking is 3G and 4G connected tablets. While they may cost more and require contracts, there’s still a market for these constantly connected devices.

Today I received Verizon’s model of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. I’ve used it for a few hours now, and here are my first impressions:

  • Upon first picking up the device, I initially thought it felt a little cheap. After an hour or two, I’ve changed my mind. The tablet is solid, with a great weight proportion.
  • The bezel is the perfect size, as a 7-inch tablet requires some room for an extra finger.
  • TouchWiz is … different. I’ve yet to truly use it on a tablet, and I’m not sure if I like it or not. I’ll touch on this more in the full review.
  • Performance has been great for the most part, especially for a tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich. I’ve only had one instance where it wasn’t perfectly smooth, as the tablet locked up on me for a few seconds. This has yet to happen again, and I’ve impressed with the speed of this device.
  • One of the bigger features of this tablet is the 4G connectivity, and it performs. Speeds have been great on Verizon’s LTE network as always, with an average of about 15Mbps down and 7Mbps up.
  • My biggest pet peeve with this tablet is the branding. Sure, I can deal with branding, but not when there’s a Samsung and Verizon logo on both the front and back.

I’m enjoying the tablet so far, and I’ll be using it for the next week or so in replacement of my Nexus 7 to put it to the test. Feel free to drop me a question in the comments, let us know what you want to see.

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