Big Red is about to get a new tab — and it’s relatively cheap, too. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will soon be available from Verizon starting on August 17th. The 7-inch tablet is the successor to Samsung’s original Android tablet, the aptly named Galaxy Tab, but this newer model features a more slender casing, 4G LTE and tasty Ice Cream Sandwich.
The new tablet will run $349 but doesn’t require a lengthy contract. That said, it will need a Verizon service plan to use the 4G LTE bits, which costs $10 on Verizon’s new Share Everything plan.
The tablet itself is a nice kit with Android 4.0 powered by a 1GHz Dual-Core SoC. It features a 7-inch 1024×600 TFT display and sports 8GB of internal memory plus a microSD card slot. However, unless you want the convenience of Verizon’s LTE network, the $199 Nexus 7 is a better bet thanks to better specs and much lower price.
At $349 the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be Verizon’s least expensive tablet to date by a large margin. The aging 16GB Droid XYBOARD 8.2 costs $429 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 costs $549. Verizon even has the original Galaxy Tab priced higher at $349. So yeah, if you must have LTE data, this the GalTab 2 7.0 is by far the best tablet for the money.