Remember the original Galaxy Tab from 2010? Well Samsung has released another 7-inch tablet and dubbed it the 7.0 Plus. It is a more compact, portable version of the Galaxy Tab, and has sparked great interested, driving consumers to find out where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus tablet. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is set to be the smallest tablet Samsung currently offers and will be right above its 5-inch Galaxy Note (which in our opinions is a glorified iPod counterpart).
Design and Features
All models will feature a 7-inch multitouch screen with 600 x 1024 pixels. The 1.2GHz dual-core processor is sourced from Samsung’s Xynos 4210 line and comes will a Mali-400MP GPU. 1GB of RAM is standard. Moving along, we have 16 or 32GB of onboard memory with the ability to expand bia a microSD card of up to 64GB.
The 3.15MP rear facing camera is capable of 720p video recording at 30fps while the secondary front facing camera is a 2MP shooter for video calling.
Standard ports and sensors include a 3.5mm headphone jack, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass (3G model only) and A-GPS (3G model only), Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi 802.11n, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot (3G model only).
The 3G model adds GSM support for 850/900/1800/1900 spectrums along with HSDPA and HSUPA.
Overall, the build quality of the Tab 7.0 Plus is great. Samsung does have some plastic parts in this tablet, but there are enough metal/aluminum parts to give it the solid feel it needs and thankfully it is not too heavy so you won’t have to worry about weight. Our only gripe with the design is the inclusion of a proprietary USB connector which locks out the ability to use your regular micro or mini USB charger should you lose the one that came with the tablet.
The 1.2GHz processor is blazing fast and even though the processor is not sourced from NVIDIA’s famous Tegra line, Samsung has set some pretty high marks performance wise. Part of the reason for this is the screen which is smaller than most other competing tablets as well as the resolution which is decreased over the 8.9-inch or 10.1-inch variant.
Speaking of the screen, the 7.0-inch screen packs 1024 x 600 pixels, as mentioned earlier. While not a bad thing, the lack of Super AMOLED technology makes the screen appear inferior when compared to the Galaxy Tab 8.9 or 10.1. Don’t get us wrong, the screen functions well and color reproduction is spot on, but it is definitely not as rich as a Super AMOLED display.
Samsung once again did an excellent job on the battery and during our tests we drew out a full 8 hours of charge when browsing the web (with WiFI on of course), watching a 1 hour video and playing a few games such as Cut the Rope and Angry Birds. Overall, we are impressed with the battery and we couldn’t ask for more from a 7-inch tablet, not until a year from now at least.
Android 3.0 is on board and Samsung has added their famous/infamous TouchWiz interface which promises to bring such things as resizable widgets to the mix. Like we mentioned in the Galaxy 8.9” review, we personally don’t have a problem with this instance of TouchWiz as it is not too intrusive and adds some nice add-ons that should have been included in Android 3.0.
We wish our praise could continue when it came time to review the camera but unfortunately our positive spirits were replaced with despondent ones. It’s another been here, seen that when it comes to the 3MP camera. This camera is not good for anything except for those rare circumstances when all you have is a 7-inch tablet to capture the moment and nothing else. Video recording is a little more acceptable then stills, but still not up to par with smartphones. The front facing camera performs decently for video calling and overall a much better quality than that of the iPad 2, and has been an appealing feature for those looking to find out where to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus at the best possible price point.
The 3G version of the Tab 7.0 carry quad-band support along with HSUPA and HSDPA data. We did a little testing on AT&T’s network and noticed decent speeds of 3-4Mbps throughout. We will warn you that 3G drastically reduces battery life so keeping your 3G radios on can leave you with a two hour shortfall.
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a nice tablet for a decent price. While it is not as richly entertaining as it’s bigger brothers, it carries enough processing power to charm its way into the hands of many customers and of course, charm the money out of their pocket books. If you are such a customer, you will not be disappointed.