You can now purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus at Best Buy. (Los Angeles locations listed here.)
LA Gadgets Examiner Rating: B-
This year, Samsung has released two groundbreaking tablets: The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and The Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is marketed as a smaller version of these two. Although The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a pretty solid tablet, the viewing angles, speed, and screen resolution don’t quite live up to Samsung’s amazing quality.
· $400 ($500 for 32GB version)
· 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor with Mali 400MP GPU
· 7″ LCD display (1024×600 – 170DPI)
· 1GB RAM
· 16GB storage (approximately 12GB usable)
· microSD card slot
· Bluetooth 3.0
· Android 3.2 Honeycomb w/ Samsung TouchWiz UX overlay
· 4000mAh battery
· Infrared sensor for use with home entertainment systems and televisions
· 3MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
· Weight: 9.9mm
Build and design
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus feels very plastic, but it is also very comfortable to hold. It may look like an oversized Android phone (Hello Samsung Galaxy Tab from 2010!), but it is a well-built mini computer that runs Android Honeycomb 3.2.
The microSD card slot (which the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 versions don’t have) is built comfortably into the left side of the unit with the headphone jack at the top right. The power and volume buttons, along with an infrared port for use as a remote control, are on the right side.
One has to compliment Samsung for being able to include stereo speakers on such a small and thin device. The sound quality is excellent considering it’s on a very thin, 7” device.
This is the area where the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus disappoints the most. The screen looks quite beautiful when looking at the device straight on. However, turn the device too much to the left or right and the dark color reverse, making the screen look cheap. This certainly isn’t the case with Samsung’s other tablets and phones. It becomes noticeable when watching videos, but doesn’t affect everything else as much.
The 1024 x 600 resolution might have been great one year ago, but it seems underwhelming today. Yes, things look crisp and clear—but this is SAMSUNG we are talking about! One should expect nothing short of amazing when it comes to Samsung’s screens and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus just doesn’t cut it.
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