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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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Science Introduction

A fairly average performance for a tablet, with a relatively poor battery life.

Screen Performance

Low contrast and brightness performance, high reflectivity

While the screen size of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is very small compared to many other tablets (3.5625 x 6.0625 inches), the resolution (1024 x 600 pixels) affords it a higher-than-average dots-per-inch (DPI) of 169. While it's not as huge of an improvement on resolution as say, the new iPad, it's still a nice bump if you're watching movies on this thing. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus reflects a high amount of light, making it a very bad choice to take with you outside, or even in a well-lit area. The situation is also exacerbated by the fact that the reflection pattern is also very sharp and distracting.

With a black level of 0.24 cd/m2 and a peak brightness of 237.51 cd/m2, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a decent contrast ratio of 990:1, but will disappoint in other areas, specifically when you take it outside. While this performance is okay for a mediocre television set, it's fairly bad for a tablet, which is meant to work well in several different lighting conditions.

Like most tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a fairly poor color gamut, with undersaturated reds and greens, and a highly shifted blue value. Compared to an HDTV, this is a poor performance; the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus does an average job compared to other Android tablets.

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Battery Life

Not too great battery life, and very little you can do to extend it.

In our labs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus was able to read an eBook continuously for 6 hours and 22 minutes, and play back video continuously for 5 hours and 29 minutes with the Wi-Fi disabled, and all additional processes terminated. While this isn't the greatest result we've ever recorded, it's fairly good for something as small as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, making it a good fit for a commuter. This is fairly disappointing for anyone looking for more, especially when you consider the fact that the screen is not that bright to begin with, so squeezing more battery life out of the tablet will be difficult at best.

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