Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 hits Canada for $249 and up

Samsung is now offering its latest Android tablets in Canada. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) runs $249 CAD, which is about what it costs in the US. Samsung is charging $349 for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), which is about $50 lower than the suggested retail price in the States.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

The Galaxy Tab 2 line of tablets represent Samsung’s entry-level devices. The 7 inch model  is a pretty great alternative to an Amazon Kindle Fire or NOOK Tablet, offering a similar screen and processor, but adding cameras, microSD card support, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich to the mix.

But now that Google is offering the Nexus 7 tablet with an even better screen and an even faster processor for just $199, the Galaxy Tab 2 is a tough sell in the US. The Google Nexus 7 isn’t available in Canada yet though, while the Galaxy Tab 2 is.

Update: It looks like Google has started taking orders for the Nexus 7 in Canada. Unless you need a rear-facing camera or microSD card slot, the Nexus 7 is probably a better deal than the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), but Samsung’s 10 inch model is still pretty reasonably priced. 

Samsung’s tablets feature 1 GHz TI OMAP 4 dual core processors, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and 3MP cameras.

The 7 inch model has a 1024 x 600 pixel display, 8GB of storage, and a 4000mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) has a 1280 x 800 pixel display, 16GB of storage, and a 7000mAh battery.