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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

All things considered, you could do far worse for the money you'd shell out for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

April 03, 2012
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Introduction

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is great if you want an Android 3.2 device that won't break the bank and isn't terribly awkward to hold. It sacrifices nothing in the performance department, plus it can function as a universal remote. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 has its shortcomings, but what tablet doesn't?

Design & Usability

Samsung crammed a lot into this 7-inch tablet.

One of the best things about having a tablet that doesn't cater to those who want a 9-inch-plus screen is the fact that it is much lighter and a lot easier to hold in one hand. Another cool feature of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is that you can actually use motion to control your tablet if you elect to, and the lightness of the unit itself helps facilitate this greatly without making the handling feel weird.

You can actually use motion to control your tablet if you elect to Tweet It

Aside from the volume and power buttons, all of your interactions with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus are going to happen through the capacitive touchscreen. The touchscreen is very responsive, and the Galaxy Tab Plus uses the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, which you can explore more in-depth here.

In addition to having an internal 802.11n wireless card and the standard 3.5mm headset jack, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus also has Bluetooth connectivity, and an IR blaster to control your home theater or other IR-enabled devices. Unfortunately, it does not have any video output ports like a micro-HDMI port, nor does it have a full USB port.

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Performance

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is loaded with features.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is built around a 3.5625 x 6.0625-inch screen, with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Sure, it's no retina display, but it gets the job done, even for its tiny size. Despite the fact that most tablets use an IPS (in-plane switching) display, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a WSVGA plane-to-line switching (PLS) display, which allegedly affords it 10% better screen brightness and a wide viewing angle.

Sure, it's no retina display, but it gets the job done. Tweet It

Because the screen of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is so ridiculously reflective, coupled with the fact that the backlight is so weak, it is a very poor option—as far as tablets go—to take out into the world when the screen is subjected to anything close to direct sunlight. Since backlit LCD displays rely on a strong backlight to make their image seen rather than using ambient light (like eReaders), bright external light sources will make the screen of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus look washed out.

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Conclusion

If you're in the market for a small tablet, this is an interesting pick.

All things considered, you could do far worse for the money you'd shell out for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Not only does it have average performance for a tablet, it does so at a reduced price, and with a greater array of wireless options. While the screen size might deter people, the improved hardware over the last iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Tab should turn some heads.

The battery will not last for a full inter-continental flight Tweet It

There are a few low points, like the screen performance and poor battery life that should give any prospective tablet buyer pause. Not only will the image on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus be very tough to see on a bright day, but even in a well-lit room you will have issues. On top of that, the battery will not last for a full inter-continental flight, so you may want to look elsewhere if you want a long-lasting battery.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is great if you want an Android 3.2 device that won't break the bank. It isn't terribly awkward to hold, doesn't sacrifice image quality in the performance department, and can function as a universal remote. It has its shortcomings, but what tablet doesn't? If you've read the review and are still enthusiastic about the device, have fun with it.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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