Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

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Samsung continues to unload with both barrels on the tablet market, releasing one product after another. Consumers can choose from 7-inch, 8.9-inch, and 10.1-inch sizes; WiFi-only or carrier-specific versions, including models for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint; and a couple of different storage options too. (Who knows, by the time you read this, there could be even more.)

Today, we’re looking specifically at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (WiFi, 16GB). There is no shortage of competition in the 7-inch tablet space, including offerings from (if you want to get alphabetical about it) Acer, Amazon, Archos, Barnes & Noble, Dell, HTC, RIM, Toshiba, Velocity Micro, and so on, and each has its own pros and cons. However, side-by-side comparisons of the many 7-inch tablets are somewhat difficult, as each has its own slightly different raison d’etre; it’s sort of a “to each his own” kind of situation.

To summarize the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus’ purpose in a crowded field is easy enough, though: It’s specialty is giving you all the perks of a WiFi-connected device (email, Web browsing, social networking, etc.) along with some impressive home media functionality--more on that in a bit--and also offering ample offline entertainment when you’re out and about and away from a WiFi connection, such as gaming and e-reading.

The specs are solid enough--it runs a tasty 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor and has 1GB of RAM, and you can augment the onboard 16GB of storage with up to 32GB of microSD storage--but it’s the extras, which we’ll delve into shortly, that really make the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus an excellent entry in the 7-inch tablet market. Let's fire up a quick video demo for you first...


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Specifications & Features

 Display:
 Sensors: 
 7" Display WSVGA PLS (1024 x 600)  Gyroscope
 4-way rotation  Accelerometer
   Ambient light sensor
 CPU: 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor  Digital Compass 
 Memory: 1GB  Proximity
 Storage: 16GB + microSD (up to 32GB)  Infrared blaster
   
 Wireless Data Network:  Multi-Task Support: Yes, + Split View
 WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n (as configured)  Flash Support: Yes
   
 Camera:  Software:
 Front-Facing: 2.0 MP  Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS
 Rear-Facing: 3.0 MP Auto Focus with Flash, HD 720p       
 Peel Smart Remote
   Social Hub
 Audio:  Music Hub 
 Stereo speakers, built-in microphone  Reader Hub
   Samsung Apps
 Interfaces:  Android Browser
 30-pin dock connector port  Polaris Office
 3.5mm stereo headset jack  
   Battery:
   Dimensions: 7.63 x 4.82 x .39 in. (WxHxD)
 Weight: 12.7oz

One perhaps obvious thing you may be wondering is what exactly differentiates this from the Samsung Galaxy Tab (7-inch), which costs $50 less. The Plus runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb as opposed to the original's 2.2 Froyo. Further, the Plus is a smidge lighter and thinner, and it has different (and ostensibly better) onboard software. The kicker is that the Plus runs on a dual-core Samsung Exynos 4210 processor (1.2GHz) while the original has a single-core Exynos 3110 (1GHz) chip. If you think those differences are worth fifty extra bucks, probably nobody would argue with you.

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Good review. The 10.1 version seems the better of the 2. It doesnt have the issuses the 7.1 has IMO. One thing that kills it is the price. Maybe if it was $100 cheaper it would make it a better deal.

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So this isn't the 7.7 with an SAMOLED Plus right?

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Good video review and outlining all the features. Another good tablet but like you mentioned the price is hard to swallow especially with some other tablets around the same price range.

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Good review, but as others have stated the price is a negative. However I do like that Samsung is coming out with many different sizes & options.

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Samsung makes nice products this looks to keep that tradition alive. Though as stated the price is a tad steep comparable to other devices.

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Great looking device. Sleek design, interface looks easy to use and understand. I would not mind developing applications on this device instead of the IPAD.

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Nice looking bling.

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looks like a good tablet but it is not really anything spectacular, samsung really went with the niche product here with the good camera and video capabilities, the remote feature intrigues me and would like to know what it does they didn't explain it very well in the video. this has the potential to be a hot item but its very likely.

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Very nice, size seems perfect, not too big not too small for a tablet. Interface looks pretty nice too :).

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I think a $299 price point would be ideal for this tablet. Other than the price, it seems like a great tablet if you don't want a large display.

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