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Our Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review is now published - click here to read it.

Interface and Functionality:

If anyone thinks that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus's redesigned body is where most of the improvement is seen, compared to the original Galaxy Tab, just think again! What really shows the progress that has been made with regards to user experience is in the software department, as the device is now running Google's tablet-optimized OS – Android Honeycomb.

On top of Google's futuristic Honeycomb, however, Samsung has naturally layered its custom TouchWiz UX user interface. Thinking about it, it actually makes much sense for the company to do so. After all, who would you like your product to appeal to – a relatively small group of geeks, or the much broader mass audience, which doesn't care about robots and stuff, but just wants a quality product to cater to its daily internet communication and multimedia needs. TouchWiz does just that – it makes the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus look like a friendlier tablet, which is here to help, rather than wow.

TouchWiz UX brings some new widgets for you homescreens, but probably one of the most useful functions it adds for your desktop is the ability to resize widgets. It also includes a “Mini Apps” tray for commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player. Not too much added value here with these mini-apps, but as long as their presence doesn't bog down the interface speed, we can live with them. Of course, Samsung's Social Hub, as well as the Samsung Apps store are also here.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has TouchWiz UX user interface on top of Honeycomb - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has TouchWiz UX user interface on top of Honeycomb - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
The “Mini Apps” tray - The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has TouchWiz UX user interface on top of Honeycomb - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Multitasking - The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has TouchWiz UX user interface on top of Honeycomb - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
  

The “Mini Apps” tray

Multitasking

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has TouchWiz UX user interface on top of Honeycomb - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has TouchWiz UX user interface on top of Honeycomb - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has TouchWiz UX user interface on top of Honeycomb - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has TouchWiz UX user interface on top of Honeycomb - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has TouchWiz UX user interface on top of Honeycomb


Core apps like Contacts, Calendar and Music Player have also been customized in order to have a more from-this-world appearance and feel. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus isn't a tablet that's easy to type text on. The weight doesn't seem to be balanced too well, and as a result, typing on the portrait keyboard isn't a comfortable experience, as the upper part weighs a bit more than it should. Plus, they keys are a bit too small. Using the landscape option won't lead to much better results either, as the device is too wide, making the letters in the center hard to reach. On the other hand, the keys are quite small, so even if you rest the device on a table, you won't feel very confident while inputting text wit this on-screen keyboard.

Contacts - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Calendar - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview

Contacts

Calendar

  

Thankfully, the web browsing experience promises to be pretty decent with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Due to the fast dual-core processor of 1.2GHz and the way Honeycomb is written, basic navigation is comfortable, with smooth scrolling and flawless Flash Player performance.

Web browsing - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Web browsing - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Web browsing - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview

Web browsing


The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a relatively straightforward camera interface, with minimalistic fonts and plenty of options to play around for the 3MP camera on the back, and the front-facing one for video chat. We took a few shots for you to check out, but would not comment on their quality, as this isn't a final unit.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview

Camera interface


Outdoor samples made with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Outdoor samples made with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Outdoor samples made with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Outdoor samples made with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Outdoor samples made with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Outdoor samples made with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Outdoor samples made with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Outdoor samples made with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview

Outdoor samples made with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Low - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Indoor Sample Video:




If you plan on watching a lot of videos on your tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus might not be the best option around, due to its relatively smaller screen. If the real estate is enough for you though, we believe Samsung's PLS-LCD screen will do well in delivering some eye-pleasing visuals.


Expectations:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Overall, we can't say that we're blown away by what we saw in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. It is obvious that the manufacturer hasn't put too much into it. From design standpoint, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is nothing impressive – it neither has an attractive appearance, nor does it feature some premium materials to make users lust after it. Of course, that doesn't mean it's bad – it's just nothing that we haven't already seen.

When it comes to the software that's pre-loaded, we really can't complain. Honeycomb is a pretty strong tablet OS, while Samsung's TouchWiz UX interface is taking the important step of making it look more open to the masses. Neither is perfect yet, though – Honeycomb needs more tablet-optimized apps, while TouchWiz has some redundant “features”, which only make the user experience more complex than it should be.

We guess the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will manage to overshadow some of its competitors, but it will surely face a tough opponent in the form of the Amazon Kindle Fire, which already has a bigger doze of personality, written on its face.

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posted on 13 Oct 2011, 04:55 1

1. UltraElectroMagneticPOP (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


I'm a bit confused. If you want a tablet, shouldn't it have a significantly larger screen than your smartphone? I mean, what's the point of having a tablet if its screen doesn't justify its larger footprint? (Significantly larger = 10"+) I think tablets' edge over smartphones is that they're better for consuming media due to their larger screens. That's why I ask.

See: If you have a SGSII and have a SGTab 7.0, what's the big diff? I'd get it if it were a Tab 10.1. Similarly, if Apple were to release a 7" ipad, wouldn't iphone owners see that as a redundant item?

Unless it's something like the Kindle Fire, with a whole ecosystem to back it up and has no smartphone or larger tablet that taps the same ecosystem to compete with, wouldn't a 7" tablet be a really niche item?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 05:48

3. UltraElectroMagneticPOP (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Come to think of it though, 7" = 2(3"), So a 7" ipad would still be diff from an iphone. But SGSII has a min screen size of 4.3". Why not buy that instead of a 7" Tab?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 06:59

4. Crossblade (Posts: 190; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


In my opinion, 7" is a good size for a SMALL tablet.
5" is too small (Dell Streak 5") for a tablet, and too big for a phone (Samsung Galaxy Note) for me. 7-10" is good.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:08

9. shayan (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


this tablet is not targeting those who have a rather large screen phone.
I think this is for peaple who have feature phone, some of them even dont have a touch screen.
or peaple who have another ecosystems phone. like iphone users ( I really doubt that.)
Im already considering to buy this for my sister, who has a samsung wave.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:04 1

5. DanD (unregistered)


from your question I can obviously see that you don't have real life experience with tablet. Let me tell you this. The 10" tablet is too BIG, when you have 10" (almost the same size as a full-fledge 11" ultrabook) then why don't you just buy the ultrabook and have a much better package. The 7-8" screen in my real life experience is the best choice for tablet, easy to carry, easy to consume your media when the need for a full-fledge laptop not that much.
When you have that 10" tablet, it mostly stay home because when you go out, you either take a 7-8" tablet or you take an ultrabook.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:12

6. cmattick (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2010)


I can carry my 7" Tab in my back pocket. It's more than adequate for reading/typing ... much more so than a 4"+/- smartphone screen. I don't want to carry a seperate device or "man-purse" to lug around a 10" tablet so 7" works great for me. I'll be going back to 7" when my [original] Galaxy Tab hits EOL in a year or so. Only hope they continue to do 7" by then.

Looking forward to replacing my HTC Incredible with a 4.3"-4.5" smartphone in a few months ... Hopefully Verizon will have a nice new HTC model in that size early 2012.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 16:32

7. stronggeek (unregistered)


Actually, I agree with you. A 7" tablet would be way to close to my 4.3 and especially the 4.5 (the screen size I plan to upgrade to soon). And to those who say "you mine as well buy a notebook computer of you're going to buy a 10.1 tablet" clearly you wouldn't use your tablet the way I use mine. Mine actually does leave the house. Netflix and Samsung's Media Hub on my tablet have got me through many ellyptical workouts at the gym and it's nice to have instant on for instant access at ANYTIME. I guess depends on how you use it. Anyhow for all the reasons you mentioned plus some I totally agree with you.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 05:28 1

2. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


I don't know why, but I kinda felt nostalgic when I heard Ray's voice. I still remember back then when he was reviewing old school handsets like Pixon, N95, innovate, omnia, etc.

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Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus

Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0 3.2
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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size7.62 x 4.82 x 0.39 inches
(193.6 x 122.4 x 9.9 mm)
12.17 oz  (345 g)

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