Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review
It seems that the tablet scene is getting bogged down when every week a new tablet is hitting the market. When Samsung debuted the Galaxy Tab 10.1, they ushered in a great new era of Android Tablets. They started to shrink down the tablet, making it even more portable for the user, while not taking away any functionality. Here is where the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus ($399 MSRP 16GB WiFi) comes into the mix.
It is slim, elegant, quite portable, focuses on entertainment and is probably the best 7.0 Android Tablet on the market. While this tablet takes care of a huge Honeycomb problem with a custom app store it still gets lost between budgets and high-end tablets like the iPad 2 and the aforementioned Galaxy Tab 10.1. Let’s see how this tablet stacks up to our testing.
The Look and Feel of Tab
Upon first glance you might have a hard time distinguishing between the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.0. Samsung has been producing the best Android built tablets and the 7.0 Plus is no exception. There are some drawbacks that could use some tweaking but when you can have a full fledged 3.2 Honeycomb in your pants pocket you just feel so much better about what it can do.
It looks a lot like the rest of the Tabs on the market, slim black design as usual, and only has two real buttons on the device. The power button and the volume up and down rocker. Along the edge is two small speakers, a microSD expansion slot, on the back is a 3-megapixel camera and in the front is a 2-megapixel camera. As I mentioned before it is a WiFi only tablet, connecting to 802.11b/g/n networks. Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth and wireless syncing, so you can have the extra advantage of being able to connect to a Wi-Fi Direct capable computer to transfer files.
What’s the Apps
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus runs Android Honeycomb 3.2 on a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. Even with TouchWiz gumming up some things it still benchmarked amazingly well. You get a boatload of Samsung custom widgets. You have my favorite “quick action” bar at the bottom of the screen that gives you direct access to a task manager, calendar, world clock, memo pad (which you can hand write notes), calculator and music player. Samsung also threw in a custom e-book reader, magazine subscription and photo editing apps, sadly none of them are deletable.Continued on the next page