Continued from Part 1
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus can be purchased at Best Buy. (Los Angeles locations are listed here.)
What happened, Samsung? The 1280 x 800 resolution screens on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 are wonderful. In fact, one could turn the screens on these devices in all types of twists and angles and still be able to fully see videos. This isn’t the case on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.1, which—by the way—only has a resolution of 1024 x 600.
The viewing angles are decent for a 2009 device. But this is 2011, Samsung! I don’t like to see my dark colors reversed and my pictures looking like they are negatives when I view the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus from a strong angle. One of my pictures of dark water in an Ocean looked like an orange ghost had taken over when I started turning my unit around.
One can’t blame Samsung for not going with a Super AMOLED display on a tablet yet, but this LED screen really disappoints.
On a scale of 1-10, I would give the performance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus a 7. Perhaps even an 8! However, this is Samsung! Nothing less than a 10 is acceptable! There is a minor amount of lag when running some applications and—especially—when typing letters using the onscreen keyboard while on the Internet. You don’t want to use the 7.0 Plus to post long messages on Internet discussion groups.
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has Samsung’s popular TouchWiz UX interface that adds weather, social networking, and other widgets to different screens. TouchWiz definitely increases the 7.0 Plus’s “cool” factor, but you may find yourself annoyed with TouchWiz and wanting to disable it. It could be the culprit in slowing down the 7.0 Plus’s performance.
Just like the other Galaxy Tab’s, this is where the 7.0 Plus excels the most. Watching HD movies on the device is a great experience (when not viewing at a big angle) that tops multimedia capabilities on almost every other tablet. Since the Galaxy Tab 7.1 has a widescreen display, you won’t see those annoying crop marks that you see on the iPad when watching videos. The stereo speakers may not completely fill a bedroom (or bathroom in some cases), but are wonderful for a device this small and thin.
After syncing my iTunes library with iSyncr, playing music with stereo sound was also an enjoyable experience. I brought the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with me and listened to music from the speakers while taking a shower, cooking, and even taking a late night stroll. If I had any other device, including the iPad, I would have needed headphones to listen.
The 3MP camera on the back is nothing special, but it’s not a disability to the unit either. Outdoor pictures came out great and I used some on Internet postings. The 720p HD video clips also turned out well, but faltered in low-light situations.
Continue to Part 3