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Samsung's Galaxy Tab line has been around since 2010, but the current generation's only been here since mid-2012. If you're curious about your options, there are two primary form factors for the Galaxy Tab 2 - the 10.1 and the 7.0. (As you might guess, they have 10.1-inch and 7-inch screens, respectively.)
Both ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but can be upgraded to Jelly Bean, and in addition to the typical Google apps, you'll get some Samsung apps as well (which shouldn't inhibit any other functionality of the tablets). Both feature dual core processors. You can buy in WiFi and WiFi + 3G flavors. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is available with 8, 16, or 32GB of storage, and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 ships with either 16 or 32GB. Unlike an iPad, you can use a built-in microSD card slot to expand your storage capability without falling back on "The Cloud" or other external mediums.
More uniquely, both tablets have an 'IR Blaster' on board to let you use them as touchscreen universal remotes for your media center with the Smart Remote app.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a tablet you'd be best served keeping at home or taking on a trip as a sort of laptop replacement, perhaps with a keyboard dock to make typing easier. It's easy to hold in both hands, and you've got plenty of screen to take in or create content. In contrast, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 would be more ideal for someone on the go, particularly if you see a good deal here on the 3G option. It's the right size to provide a compelling alternative to the Kindle, Nook, and other eReaders that wouldn't provide a quarter of the overall functionality of a full tablet. Navigating and viewing information on a Tab 2 7.0 is easier than even the largest smart phone given the greater screen real estate, yet you can still slide it in a large coat pocket and be on your way.
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