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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch and 10.1-inch hands-on pictures

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We got to try out Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 2 models, new tablets running Android 4.0.

Galaxy Tab 2
Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung's tablets are coming fast and furious, since it seems like instead of updating its existing devices the company would rather just release new, slightly improved ones. That's essentially the story behind the Galaxy Tab 2 line, with the 10.1-inch model a small change over the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the 7-inch version showing incredible similarities to the 7.0 Plus. Both are super-thin slates running Android 4.0 with TouchWiz, and both worked seamlessly and quickly in my time with them. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 feels a little strange to hold, because it's so long and so thin; its glossy back is also so slippery I dropped the tablet after about three seconds of using it. Both new Tabs come in Wi-Fi-only and 3G versions, and I was able to run a phone app on both models — though I couldn't complete a call.

As I mentioned, if you've ever held a Galaxy Tab 10.1 you'll already have a near-exact idea of how the new models feel. The big change is the software: Ice Cream Sandwich should make the Galaxy Tab 2 a far better experience. Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz seem to get along famously here, with Samsung's skin having been toned down a lot over the years. Both models should be available next month worldwide — no word yet on pricing, which seems like the make-or-break feature for the new Tabs.