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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

OS: Android 4.0

List: $249 (7-inch); $399 (10.1-inch)
Network: Wi-Fi

Samsung in April unveiled the Galaxy Tab 2, adding numerous usability features to its 7-inch and 10.1-inch models. Galaxy Tabs now include an SD card slot and as much as 32 GB of extra storage, and an infrared emitter, enabling the tablets to replace remote control devices for televisions, cable set-top boxes and DVD/Blu-ray players. A new version of Samsung's Smart Remote software learns media consumption patterns, taps Internet data to display what's on and categorizes available television content for easier access.

Galaxy Tab 2 devices now run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1-GHz dual-core processor with 8-GB standard in the 7-inch and 16 GB in the 10.1-inch unit. Both include a 3MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera. The devices also run TouchWiz, Samsung's impressive Android UI overlay, which adds a taskbar to apps from which other apps can be quickly accessed.