Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Tablet Review
If you're looking for a smaller tablet that won't break the bank, the new Samsung tablet is certainly worth a look.
The video playback controls on the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 are fairly unobtrusive and simple, being limited mostly to a scrub bar and a play/pause icon. Once you've stopped using them for more than a second, they disappear to allow you the full use of your screen to watch your movie files.
Video files are managed by the Gallery application, allowing you to group them into folders as preview thumbnails. This functions much like it would on just about any other Android 4 tablet.
Because the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 runs a version of Android 4 that can employ most of the apps in the Play Store, if you find a video file format that will not work on your tablet, all you have to do is search for a video player that has the codecs you need. For example, many people have had luck with the Mobo Player app for less common file formats.
You can also stream a good deal of video on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, especially with its pre-installed YouTube app. Not only does it allow you to find your favorite video clips online, but it also does it in a way that's visually appealing, and in a way that's easy to navigate on a tablet.
Video Battery Life
With the backlight cranked to 11, all wireless turned off, and additional processes terminated, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 only manages to last 5 hours and 19 minutes while playing back a video file. This is quite a poor showing, but it's not terribly surprising given the size of the unit, and the somewhat high peak brightness. This is just a point to consider before buying.
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