Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Preview
Introduction:

Makers of 7” tablets have a reason to worry about. With the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, we thought that there won't be a new 7” model, but we were wrong. The pioneer in the world of 7” Android tablets is back, with a completely redesigned body and a brand new OS in tow! However, it won't be an easy ride for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, as this time around, it will have to face some tough competition from devices such as the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook, HTC Flyer and the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire.

Overcoming such capable devices, especially the extremely well-priced Kindle Fire, sure won't be an easy task, but the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus does seem to be hiding a few tricks up its sleeve. Let's take an early look at the new Tab 7.0 Plus and try to judge whether or not it has a chance to succeed in this increasingly competitive landscape.


Design:

As you can imagine, the new device is now much slimmer than its direct predecessor, being just 9.9mm. However, even that is noticeably thicker than the 8.6mm profiles of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9. Even with that, the Tab 7.0 Plus is as easy to hold and carry around as only a 7” tablet can be, which is to say much easier, compared to 10” offerings, for example. The weight has also been lightened a bit, down from 13.40 oz (380 g) to 12.17 oz (345 g), which is always a good thing.



Although Samsung managed to equip the Tab 7.7 with an AMOLED screen, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will have to do with a good-old LCD, be it of the new PLS type. But this isn't really that bad, since the display is very bright, has natural colors, and still manages to present us with some pretty decent viewing angles. The resolution has been kept the same as in the OG Galaxy Tab – 600x1024. For the most part, there's enough pixel density to allow for some smooth images throughout the interface, though we admit that we could use a bit more res in the browser, where some pieces of text might get too small to be comfortably read from a zoomed-out view.

Along the left side of the device there are a microSD and a SIM card slot. Interestingly, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, you can use the SIM card not only for data connection, but for voice calls as well.


Another peculiarity is found on the right side, where we have an infrared port. 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.


All in all, we like the look and feel of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, though it is nothing out of the ordinary. The device is all-plastic, but thankfully, feels solidly built.



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8 Comments

1. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 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?

3. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 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?

4. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 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.

9. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

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.

6. cmattick

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

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.

2. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 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.
GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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