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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
Introduction:

Hard to believe it, but it has been only a year since the Samsung Galaxy Tab came knocking on our doors bringing Android into the tablet market. In that short time, we’ve surely seen our fair share of quality products. Even though the original model didn’t quite have a profound impact during its time, namely because of its out of character pricey purchase cost, its siblings in the face of Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 seemingly fared considerably better. Back for round two, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus reinvigorates the original line with some upgraded hardware and Android’s tablet optimized platform Honeycomb – thus, possibly resulting in better adoption this time around.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
The package contains:

  • USB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Stereo Headphones
  • Guides


Design:

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus sticks with the design characteristics established by the Tab 8.9 and 10.1. Although it’s not the sleekest (0.39” thick) of the bunch, it’s still compact enough to hold with one hand, and at the same time, it’s sturdy in build to instill us with some confidence of durability against the elements. Yes, it might appear to be a metallic exterior, but in fact, it’s nothing more than a plastic casing, which contributes to its lightweight figure (12.17 oz).

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is compact enough to hold with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is compact enough to hold with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is compact enough to hold with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is compact enough to hold with one hand


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

We’ve been fond of the PLS LCD displays used by Samsung’s recent line of Galaxy Tabs, and rightfully so, we’re feeling a bit of the same way with the 7” 1024 x 600 PLS LCD display being used by this one. The resolution is right there with the rivals as it’s able to produce tolerable and distinguishable details. Naturally, some might be taken back by Samsung’s choice to use a PLS LCD display, especially when the Galaxy Tab 7.7 features an AMOLED panel, but we’re grateful to find its color reproduction to be on the natural and realistic side – as opposed to the overly saturated tones exhibited by AMOLED.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a 7” PLS LCD display - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a 7” PLS LCD display - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a 7” PLS LCD display - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a 7” PLS LCD display - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a 7” PLS LCD display - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a 7” PLS LCD display - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a 7” PLS LCD display


One can easily confuse the tablet to be a super-sized smartphone, namely because of the narrow earpiece and front-facing 2-megapixel sitting above its display when it’s held in portrait.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
2-megapixel front-facing camera - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
 

2-megapixel front-facing camera


Along the left side of the device there are a microSD slot, and a SIM card slot if you happen to pick up the cellular enabled version of the tablet.
Another peculiarity is found on the right side, where we have an infrared port, which combines with the Peel Smart Remote app to offer us some light home theater functionality. Finally, Samsung continues to utilize a proprietary charging port for its tablets, which is very similar to that 30-pin connector found with all iOS devices. So, don't think you'll get away with your trusty microUSB cable.

Charging port (bottom) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
microSD and SIM card slots (left) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
3.5mm jack (top) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
IR port, power and volume keys (right) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

Charging port (bottom)

microSD and SIM card slots (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

IR port, power and volume keys (right)


Turning our attention to the rear of the tablet, we’re again seeing it sporting the same 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash used by its siblings.

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Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

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Rear camera



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posted on 23 Nov 2011, 06:42 5

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


So just for being pricey you took. Away 3points?

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 07:51 2

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Well, yes. If it was $200...SOLD.

a lot of better tablets at same price.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 13:13 1

7. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Probably more like 1-1.5. Check other tablet reviews... PA hasn't been blown away by any of them yet.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 06:52

2. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


I wished it is cheaper than iPad.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 07:37 3

3. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


The entire review in a sentence:

The only problem being the GT-7.7 is on the horizon and it is 10 times more impressive than this.
It's also the same price as the exact same 7.7 8.9 and 10.1 all three of which offer more value.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 07:52

5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Phonearena, can you call with this device? what does the earpiece do?

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 12:21 3

6. Commentator (Posts: 2184; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


PA, you used the wrong Galaxy Tab in the Size Comparison on the first page. I think you used the 8.9.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 03:20

9. afiqikhwan48 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)


Look Great!

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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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