Samsung Galaxy what? The tablet family tree
Samsung doesn’t exactly hold back when it comes to releasing products. Turning out more tablets than the fires of Mordor can muster orcs, keeping track of Samsung’s product line isn’t easy.
Just about everything Samsung makes has a Galaxy name in there somewhere. It basically represents anything the company produces which runs on Android, which is a lot. For those considering picking up a Samsung tablet this can make the purchasing process a bit confusing. So to help, Pocket-lint has put together a handy list of every Galaxy tablet Samsung currently sells.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The latest and greatest of tabletry from Samsung, the Note 10.1 uses the same pen system found in the Galaxy Note smartphone. This means you can draw, edit and write using a clever removable pen that is built into the tablet.
With a high-resolution 1280 x 800 screen and 1.4GHz quad-core processor, this really is the Samsung tablet to own right now. It also includes a handy microSD slot and a pair of decent cameras as well as 16GB of built-in memory for the base model.
Release date: 16 August 2012
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Think of this a bit like the Galaxy Note 10.1, but without the pen. The tablet is also £100 cheaper and takes a bit of a spec drop over the Note - this means a 1GHz dual-core processor rather than quad-core.
For the most part, the rest of it is the same, with a 1280 x 800 screen and a 7000 mAh battery. The tablet also comes with 16GB of memory built in as standard. This seems like the one to go for if you aren’t fussed about the note’s pen, as at £299 it’s a very good piece of kit.
Release date: 22 August 2012
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
The 7-inch version of the Tab 2 takes another spec step down in both screen resolution and battery size. Being smaller, Samsung has managed to cram only a 4000 mAh battery inside the tablet. The screen is also just 1024 x 600 resolution.
On the back of the Tab 2 7.0 is a 3-megapixel camera capable of HD video recording; on the front a VGA resolution camera for video calling. On the plus side, this tablet weighs just 344g. Don’t think this is a budget piece of kit either, its not, and offers loads of performance for the £199 asking price.
Release date: August 2012
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Confusing though it may be, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is basically an upgraded version of the previous generation Galaxy Tab. Samsung doesn't sell it direct anymore but you can find them in places such as Amazon. It has the same screen resolution and battery size as the Tab 2 7.0.
The real big difference is that it has just a 1.2 GHz ARM processor inside and runs on Android 3.2. We would suggest leaving this one alone and going for the newer Tab 2 7.0 because it’s cheaper than the older model 7.0 plus.
Release date: 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
If the idea of a 10.1-inch tablet seems too big for you, and the 7.0 model too small, you can always opt for an 8.9 offering. You do lose out of some of the Tab 2 7.0, but do get a nice 1280 x 800 screen and a dual-core 1GHz processor.
If you can find this tablet available, you could well be on to a bit of a bargain as it has a high pixel density screen and a quicker processor than most. Honeycomb is a bit of an irritation but not that much is running on Ice Cream Sandwich in tablet land yet anyways.
Release date: October 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
Again, one for the size obsessed, this tablet adds another 0.7 of an inch to the conventional 7-inch Samsung tablets. It comes with a dual-core 1.4GHz A9 chip, the ubiqitous 1GB of RAM and of course Honeycomb.
No full-HD video here either, just 720p recording. Again it seems to us that if you’re looking to buy, then the newer Tab 2 7.0 is definitely the one to go for.
Release date: 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab
The original Android tablet that started it all, running on Gingerbread rather than Honeycomb, if you do play with one this seems truly ancient now.
At the time of release it was penned as an iPad beater. That never really happened. If you are after some vintage Samsung action, then the Galaxy Tab comes with a single-core 1GHz processor and in 16GB or 32GB flavours.
Release date: October 2010
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