[Review] Galaxy Tab SM-T230NU (7.0)
I just wanted to stop by and give a review on the Tab 7.0 for those who are indescive about buying this specific tablet. So let's begin.
Gaming: An important factor since the 7.0 does not have the Snapdragon 400 and Adreno 305, instead packs a Marvell SoC and Vivante which is not so good for gaming. I tried a few games and this tablet runs great but not excellent. Here is a list of games I tried and my verdict:
•Asphalt 8: This game is great as long as you keep it in medium to ultra low settings. In medium there is a bit of lag every now and then but it does not interrupt gaming (At least I did not find it annoying). Keeping under low will make super smooth but quality won't be good. Going into High or higher will definitely make the game lag even in the menu.
•Prince of Persia: This game definetly runs great on this device there is a bit lag but happens rarely and barely noticeable.
•Collin McRae Rally: This game runs great but it not so smooth. Lag is noticeable but only happens every now and then when making turns and stuff. Also worth to mention loading screens are terribly slow taking up to 3 minutes for the race to load.
• Minecraft: I shouldn't even mention this game since it runs smoothly on almost every device including this one.
• Sonic CD: Like Minecraft, there is no lag since its a pixel based game.
•Deer Hunter 2014 v2: This is a graphic intensive game and manages to run smoothly on this device, lag may happen but its rarely ever noticeable.
• Topia: A modestly graphic intensive game but nevertheless runs excellent with no hiccups or lag whatsoever.
• Other: Games like Candy Crush, Uno, White Tavailableor other 2D games will work without any hiccups.
Gaming Rating: 7.5/10
GPS/Location: This is of worthy mention since I found the GPS not to work correctly most of the time and telling me location cannot be found. However going outside may sometimes improve detection. This however may vary to you.
GPS/Location Rating: 5/10
Animations: Animation is how good the device handles transition between apps and overall handling a basic 3D effects. To what I see Animations are definetly smooth even when pull down the notification bar from a Graphic intensive game. There is slight and rare lag when moving between apps but I noticed this only happens when having over 5+ apps open.
Animations Rating: 9.5/10
Multitasking: When having many apps open at the same time and using 2 at the same time using MultiWindow. Multitasking is great! No lag is seen when transitioning. MultiWindow is great and none of the apps seem to stutter. Like I mentioned, having 5+ apps open will cause very minor lag when transitioning. There might be lag when having a graphic intensive game running in the background.
Multitasking Rating: 8.5/10
Battery: This tablet packs a 4000 mAh battery that has amazing resitance and life. Multitasking and using only basic apps, I managed to go from 100% to 5% in 6 hours. While gaming only the battery life lasted 4 hours but may get even 3 depending on how intensive the game is.
Battery Rating: 8/10
Overall Tablet Rating: 7/10.
Overall Description: This is a rather smooth tablet ready to run any basic everyday tasks and even games, although it may not handle everything smoothly like its larger siblings. If you have the money and want a Galaxy Tab, I suggest going for the 8.0 or 10.1.
Things worth to mention:
OTG support is not available, most likely a hardware issue but may be solved by a firmware mod.
Storage is not great unless you get a 16GB variant since the 8GB model will only give you about 4GB of free space, keep in mind storage can be expanded by a microSDHC card.
Root is available by using the vRoot method for the 7.0 otherwise use TowelRoot.
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