Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus review uncovers what is hidden in this powerful Tablet PC
This Galaxy Tab 7 Plus review starts off with a spotlight on the manufacturer, Samsung Electronics. Samsung Electronics is the top subsidiary of the Samsung Group and is located in the Samsung Town, Seoul in Korea. The 1969 founded company is one of the leaders of IT related equipment and parts manufacturing, whereby it’s LCD and LED display as well as memory chip manufacturing divisions are market leaders throughout the world. Samsung entered the tablet market with the release of the predecessor model of the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which got introduced in September 2010.
Galaxy Tab 7 Plus at a glance
The Galaxy Tab 7 Plus review continues with an overview of the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus specs. The Processor is the first surprise, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor is a step above the currently available average. The 1 GB of RAM is at this time the norm, as are 16 or 32 GB of storage integrated in the device of choice. The MicroSD slot allows an expansion to the storage space of up to 32 GB. The seven-inch display is multi-touch capable, resolution is as good as can be expected at 1024 x 600, it is outfitted with Samsung’s PLS, the Plane-Line Switching panel technology. There is a 2 megapixel camera for chatting up front and a 3 megapixel camera with flash and autofocus for making pictures at 2048 x 1536 pixels and movies of up to 720p at 30 fps on the back. The playback is scheduled to be capable of displaying full 1080p at 30 frames per second, video codecs supported are plentiful, including HD, DivX and XviD. The Tablet weighs a mere 12.16 ounces (345g) and is only 0.39 inches (10mm) thick.
The somewhat dark appearing display is showing the already pre-loaded Samsung TouchWiz UX user interface; several fun applications and shortcuts are already affixed for simple and swift use. Pre-installed are also several applications worth mentioning, the Android 3.2 tablet is featuring the Polaris Office, a Photo Editor and Video Maker and the whole list from Google Mobile Services, including Google Talk, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and the access to the Android Market. There is also the access to Samsung Hubs; Social Hub is offering instant messaging, Email and SNS, the Music Hub provides access to millions of songs through the Samsung App Market, the Readers Hub has over two million eBooks, thousands of eNewspapers and eMagazines in a multitude of languages.
Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, reviewing the connectivity
The Galaxy Tab 7 Plus excels in connectivity capabilities, featuring 3G, GPRS and EDGE, then dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0 and also the now “in-again” infrared port. There is also a USB port, according to official specs and the tested model a 2.0 Host, despite some other Galaxy Tab 7 Plus reviews stating that it is a 3.0 Host.
For some reason Samsung did not tout the DLNA connectivity capability in the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, despite the Allshare inclusion. While the entire world is using the DLNA moniker to advertise the connectivity of their devices, Samsung seems to insist on hiding the DLNA capability behind their own trademarked Allshare brand, which is understandable but somehow not really smart, as their “Smart TV” commercials may indicate. Not everybody is keen on purchasing everything Samsung. At least noting within the official specs and data-sheets that Allshare means DLNA would be a smart thing to do.
Galaxy Tab 7 Plus in use
A Galaxy Tab 7 Plus review without the “hands-on” part would not do the device enough justice. The tablet is fast, if you had the opportunity to play with any other 7-inch tablet, lightning fast. The 1.2 GHz dual-core processor is evident at every step. At some point it will become inevitable to outfit the tablets with more RAM, but for now it seems to suffice for all apparent uses. The recorded 720p video played back without trouble and looked great. It only seems that the display is not luminous enough; there should be a way to increase the brightness a bit more. On a sunny day, there will be some problems using the device in daylight.
Other than that, all applications performed formidably, games played without any snags. For instance, “Angry Birds” did fly without a glitch, the touchscreen response was fluid, and in “Plants vs. Zombies” the action went unperturbed, even during the playing mode where the gameplay is accelerated. Some 1080p movies that were upped on the device did not play back, though, while some movies played fine in whole HD glory. Internet playback went smooth, with full Full Adobe Flash support all YouTube and imdb.com trailers and clips went over just splendidly.
The Samsung TouchWiz UX user interface requires some getting used to, but it is capable of being configured just the way the user needs it to be, so a little fiddling is in order. The Peel universal remote control application is nice, it does control all possible IR capable appliances, and any TV seems to be in the database, Satellite receiver, even remote control capable audio equipment. The four-way rotation capability is really a nice addition, the built-in speaker is not really sufficient for movie watching, but there is a stereo headset jack.
The final thoughts of this Galaxy Tab 7 Plus review revolve around the price. At $400 for a 16 GB device and $500 for a 32 GB unit and with increasing price drops, particularly in the 7-inch category due to the Amazon Tablet PC the Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox, the Barnes & Noble Nook, but also the Lenovo Tablet PC Ideapad A1 and Dell Tablet PC the Streak are all below; some are half the price of the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. While many of the features, like the dual-core processor, top of the line hardware, excessive connectivity capabilities and pre-loaded goodies may make this pricing policy reasonable, the reality is that comparable tablets by competition with a 10-inch display are available at the same, even lower price. The announcements that some quad-core tablets featuring Android 4.0 and roughly the same price are shortly being released will not help market this little but extremely powerful gadget.