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.
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...
|7" Display WSVGA PLS (1024 x 600)||Gyroscope|
| Ambient light sensor
|CPU: 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor||Digital Compass|
|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|
|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
|Stereo speakers, built-in microphone||Reader Hub|
|30-pin dock connector port||Polaris Office|
|3.5mm stereo headset jack|
| Dimensions: 7.63 x 4.82 x .39 in. (WxHxD)
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.