Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
A powerful tablet PC
In a world where there are tons of tables lining shelves of specialized stores, manufacturers are put under a lot of pressure to come with something new, cheaper and more attractive than what the competition has to offer. Amazon’s Kindle Fire, with its $200 and great features, is a serious competitor and forces other brands to do anything in their power to keep customers interested. Samsung is doing its best with the recently launched Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and, while it certainly comes with plenty of qualities, it also has some cons. Find out what they are from the following review.
Very thin design
Ironically, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is, in terms of design, thicker than the Galaxy Tab 10.0. Even so, the gadget is, in our opinion, the thinnest one out there. Looking at the device for the first time before starting to test it we noticed that its looks are somewhat similar to the original Galaxy Tab, meaning it has the same glossy black bezel. But that’s where the similarities end, because the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus doesn’t come with the same boxy rear as did the company’s first tablet. The model we’re reviewing is more stylish and doesn’t get dirty with fingerprints that easily. Holding the tablet in our hands felt very pleasant. When it comes to buttons, the product features the usual volume and power ones; there’s also an IR sensor, dual speakers, a microSD card slot, 2 cameras (2-megapixel, 3-megapixel respectively) and many more. Sadly there’s no HDMI port.
Plane-Line Switching (PLS) technology
Setting the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus was a smooth and easy operation; if you’re a beginner, no need to worry, as the device offers a wizard to guide you along the way.
On to the subject of screen. This product sports a 7″ display with a total resolution of 1.024 x 600 pixels and Samsung’s proprietary Plane-Line Switching (PLS) panel technology. In terms of image quality, the screen delivered quite a good performance: menus and text looked sharp and colors appeared natural. Brightness levels, on the other hand, were low and made the display way too unclear when viewed in direct sunlight.
Thanks to Honeycomb 3.2 and its TouchWiz interface, the Tab 7.0 Plus was very to use and also very responsive when navigating through different settings. When we used some apps, however, the device experienced lagging and freezing quite a few times. By the way, speaking of apps: the tablet we tested had a very interesting one, called Peel, which turned our gadget into a smart remote control for our TV. Another app we liked was located in the Mini Apps tray; this one, known as task manager, helped us eliminate any unresponsive app we came across.
Hardware features were as follows: GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, ambient light sensor and many more that you’ll find included in the list below our review.
Samsung Exynos 4210 dual core CPU
The team at Samsung has installed the following processor on its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus: a dual-core Samsung Exynos 4210 doubled by 1GB of RAM. Storage capacities offer users the option of choosing between 16GB and 32GB. The battery life took about 8 hours of using.
The camera located on the back took and shot good quality photos and videos. Video frame rate was smooth when we recorded content and played 720p. 1080p playback didn’t offer good results. Sound was loud and clear thanks to the pair of great speakers.
We finish our test by saying that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is by no means a weak device. The screen, design, price and features all make it one of the best 7″ Honeycomb tablets today.
Technical specs and features
|Operating System||Honeycomb, Android’s latest for tablets|
|Multitasking & Split View support|
|Processor||1.2GHz dual-core processor|
|7.0″ 1024×600 WSVGA PLS|
|Dimensions||Weight : 345g|
|Size : 193.65x 122.37 x 9.96mm|
|Memory||1GB (RAM), 16/32GB (ROM) + microSD (up to 32GB)|
|Samsung TouchWiz UX||Mini Apps|
|GPS||Location-based service with Google Maps (Turn-by-turn navigation)|
|Camera||Front camera : 2MP camera|
|Instant SNS sharing : Gmail, Messaging, Picasa|
|Back camera : HD(720p) Video recording, 3MP auto-focus camera with LED flash|
|Audio||Formats : MP3, OGG, AAC, WMA, WAV, FLAC|
|Video||Video codec : MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, Xvid|
|Full HD video playback (1080p) @ 30fps|
|Internet browser||Adobe® Flash® support|
|Available networks||EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900|
|HSPA +21 900/1900/2100|
|802.11n Wi-Fi Channel Bonding|
|Bluetooth v3.0, USB 2.0 Host|
|Wi-Fi Direct, Allshare|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band support(2.4GHz, 5GHz)|
|Ambient light sensor|
|Connectivity & features||30-pin dock connector port|
|3.5mm stereo headset jack|
|Battery||Built-in 4,000mAh battery|