Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

Interface and Functionality:

On top of Google's futuristic Android 3.2 Honeycomb, 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.


To compete against its contemporaries, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is modernized thanks to its 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor with 1GB of RAM – much like what we see used by Samsung’s line of Galaxy S II smartphones. With that, its performance with most tasks is accompanied with responsive actions – though, there is still some evidence of choppiness when graphically live wallpapers are used. Beyond that, its performance is pretty much in line to what we see out of most Honeycomb tablets.

Due to its smaller footprint, typing messages is undoubtedly a challenge since we’re faced with such a cramped layout with its landscape options – albeit, we do like that it’s very responsive. On the other hand, the portrait ones are considerably easier to handle mainly because our thumbs are able to extend more freely to encompass its entire layout. Finally, we’re given the options of using the stock, Samsung, and Swype keyboards to better fit our needs.



Internet and Connectivity:

Displaying smooth navigational controls, fast page loads, and an unflinching performance in the presence of Flash content, the tablet is undeniably able to manhandle even the most complex web pages out there to no degree. If web browsing is your primary thing, you won’t be disappointed!


With our review unit, it packs the usual crew of connectivity features such as aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and 802.11 b/g/n/a Wi-Fi. However, there are variants out there that offer cellular connectivity to broaden its reach.

Camera:

Here we have a 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera, which is like pretty good resolution for a tablet. It handles macro shots with no problems at all, but for outdoor scenery shots, they suffer from noticeable faint details. Indoors under artificial lighting, things are clearly softened in overall tone, however, its LED flash works perfectly up to 3 feet away. Far from being spectacular, you can probably still get away with a 4” x 6” printout, so it is pretty good.




Likewise, its 720p video recording quality suffers the same fate with its indistinct fine details, bland color reproduction, and heavy digital noise under low lighting. However, it manages to chug along at a smooth 29 frames per second rate and captures mostly clear audio.

Multimedia:

Choice is great, but if we had to pick, we’d stick with using the stock Honeycomb music player over the TouchWiz one – mainly because of its better-looking overall presentation. Yet, we do like that we have access to the player at any time by accessing it within the Mini Apps tray. In terms of audio quality from its two speakers, it’s evidently potent with its output without sounding distorted at the loudest setting.


Loading our test video that’s encoded in H.264 1920 x 1080 resolution, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus doesn’t flinch at any time during its playback. Add to that the rich details and punchy colors that its display is able to pump out, our eyes are naturally treated to a great video watching experience.


Of all the bloatware preloaded on the tablet, the Peel Smart Remote app proves to be the most noteworthy out of the bunch – well, that’s because it’s not something we see on tablets all that much. Essentially, it uses the infrared port on the tablet to blast commands to various home theater devices, which gives us control in things like changing channels. Setup is pretty straightforward, and in no time at all, we find ourselves on the main screen showing us what content is playing at the particular time. Yeah, we have a tendency of losing track of our remotes, but seeing that this is integrated with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, we’re more inclined to keep it next to us and in sight.


After all is said and done, we’re presented with only 12.96 GB of free internal storage, which is sufficient in this day and age. Obviously, you can supplement that capacity by throwing in a microSD card into its unoccupied slot.

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8 Comments

1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Well, yes. If it was $200...SOLD. a lot of better tablets at same price.

7. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

2. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

I wished it is cheaper than iPad.

3. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

9. afiqikhwan48

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

Look Great!
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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