Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) vs Amazon Kindle Fire

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13 Apr, 2012 7:18 pm

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) reviews hit the web yesterday and in general they were positive, there was however, alot of comparisons made to much more expensive tablets.  Since it has a $249 price point the question is how does it stand up to the Amazon Kindle Fire which costs $199.  KT Bradford over at GottabeMobile has put together a thorough review comparing the two tablets. I’m going to provide a brief summary of how the Tab 2 (7.0) fairs against the Fire in regards to Software, Hardware & Apps, but if you’re seriously considering picking one up, I would check the full review.

Software

It’s a no contest that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is the clear winner when it comes to the operating system and variety of apps as it is running the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, with Samsung’s TouchWiz Interface. The Fire is running Android 2.3 which is a version of Android made for smartphones with Amazons custom interface that limits what applications you and install and has a branded look and feel that can’t be changed.  If you’re after a super simple experience that then the Fire’s throttled OS might do, but it if you want full access to all Android apps, then you’ll want the latest version of Android running on the Tab 2 (7.0).

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) comes out ahead as it includes all the basics connectors we expect from an Android tablet.  It’s got a front and rear-facing cameras, a microSD slot for expansion, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity, plus the ability to connect to Samsung accessories via the port on the bottom.  The Fire has a Mini USB Port that can’t even be used to attach keyboards or accessories and off all the items I just listed for the Tab 2 the Fire only has Wifi.  The Tab 2 also has a better display and looks sexier, really seems like no contest.

Multimedia

The two tablets basically have access to most of the same apps through either the Samsung Hub, Google Play or Amazon Services.  The only Amazon service that isn’t available on the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is if you are an Amazon Prime member as you’ll have access to streaming movies and TV episodes.  There is also Amazon Instant Video which is currently the only tablet with access to that video content via an app.

However, for actually watching the content the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 comes out ahead with the better display and speakers.

Apps

Simply put, the Amazon App Store has almost 17,000 apps available for the Kindle Fire & the Google Play Store has over 40,000 apps.

Verdict

It seems clear that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is worth the extra $50.

We put together a review round up of the Tab 2 (7.0) here.

Check out the full Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) vs Kindle Fire here.


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