Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch on sale in the UK for £200

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet is now on sale, but you'll have to wait until next week for the white version.

Good news if you were waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) -- it's now on sale here in Blighty. Get yourself down to Carphone Warehouse and pick one up.

The bad news? You'll have to wait until Friday for the white version. For shame!

The 8GB Wi-Fi-only version comes in at £199, which is a lot cheaper than the cheapest iPad going -- £329 for the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2. Though that does have a much bigger screen and twice the storage. Google's forthcoming tablet is also expected to be Wi-Fi-only, also with a 7-inch screen. It's also expected to come in under the £200 mark, so could prove some serious competition for Samsung's budget tablet.

The Tab 2 packs Ice Cream Sandwich -- the latest version of Android -- and so adds features specific to ICS, such as Face Unlock. This lets you unlock the device just by looking at the screen. Inside is a 1GHz dual-core processor, which is slower than most top end phones but you probably won't notice unless you're using it for graphics-heavy pursuits like gaming. There's also 1GB of RAM, a 3-megapixel camera on the back, and another on the front for video calls.

It fits into Samsung's Galaxy family, with Samsung offering tablets at 7.7-, 8.9- and 10.1-inch sizes. And if you're looking for something smaller there's always the Galaxy Note (5-inches) and Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.8-inches).

We weren't blown away in our hands-on, noting that there are slicker tablets out there. But it does offer decent performance. And if you want a slice of Ice Cream Sandwich on the big(ger) screen without breaking the bank, it'll be right up your Android alley.

Will you buy one? If not, why not? Let me know in the comments below, or on Facebook.

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