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First released at the tail end of 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus marked a notable improvement over the original Galaxy Tab, thanks to the slimmer build, addition of Android 3.0: Honeycomb, and significantly lower entry price of $400.In the time since, Samsung has pushed its smaller tablet offerings forward another notch with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which offers some modest enhancements over the Plus and Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich installed out of the box, and does so at a much more appealing rate of just $249.As such, paying anything near the starting price for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus at this point would be a mistake, though refurbished models are still out in the open for much less. And with Ice Cream Sandwich just (finally) released for the tablet within the last week, we decided to take a fresh look at this still-capable option.Looking much like a squeezed-down iPad with a Samsung logo in place of a home button, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (Wi-Fi) is a slim seven-inch tablet that feels pretty good in the hand, and features a slightly wider bezel on the sides than the Nexus 7, offering a little more holding room for one-handed reading.
The Galaxy Tab 7 Plus essentially follows the motivation of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000, coupled with the design elements of the Tab 730 and the Tab 750. The end result is quite impressive at least as far as the performance package is concerned. As we have already mentioned, the design cues from the Galaxy Tab 730 and the Galaxy Tab 750 (read our review) are more than clearly visible here. While it is thicker than the Tab 750, it is still a pretty slim tablet. The reason the Tab 750 is slimmer is because there is a wider bed for the components to be spread across, something a 7-inch tablet cannot afford. There is the black bezel around the 7-inch display. The charging port and two sets of speakers are on the bottom panel. The left spine has the SIM card and the microSD card slots, both clearly marked. The protective covers for both are well made, and easy to open and close. That isn't something we have been able to say for most smartphones and tablets off late. On the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack. The right spine has the power key and the volume rocker. Flip the Tab 7 Plus over, and the enamel white finish is welcomed, considering the alternative could have been a fingerprint and scratch magnet glossy finish.
Apple gave the world the tablet. Samsung gave the world a choice. It's not as simple of course as narrowing it down to an iPad vs. a Galaxy Tab. Nearly every phone maker out there has a tablet to offer. But the fact is that whatever size you want and whatever screen you like - Samsung most likely have it. Samsung have tablets stretching from 7 to 10.1 inches of screen diagonal. And these are either Super AMOLEDS or LCDs with the resolution ranging from WSVGA (600 x 1024) to well above HD. There are 3G and Wi-Fi enabled combos or Wi-Fi only versions. Users can choose between 16/32/64 GB of inbuilt storage. With all that variety on offer, it was obviously time to go back to where it all started. If anyone needed a refresh, it would be the original Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab. A single-core powered Froyo-running tablet has little left to offer and the 7.0 Plus does well to send it into retirement. The slimmer and lighter upgrade more than doubles the processing power and runs the latest tablet-tailored version of Android, Honeycomb 3.2. . The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is one of the two tablets of the house (along with the Galaxy Tab 7.7) to use Samsung's very own Exynos chipset - a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Mali-400MP graphics.
Samsung continues to unload with both barrels on the tablet market, releasing one product after another. Consumers can choose from 7-inch, 8.9-inch, and 10.1-inch sizes; WiFi-only or carrier-specific versions, including models for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint; and a couple of different storage options too. (Who knows, by the time you read this, there could be even more.) Today, we're looking specifically at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (WiFi, 16GB). There is no shortage of competition in the 7-inch tablet space, including offerings from (if you want to get alphabetical about it) Acer, Amazon, Archos, Barnes & Noble, Dell, HTC, RIM, Toshiba, Velocity Micro, and so on, and each has its own pros and cons. However, side-by-side comparisons of the many 7-inch tablets are somewhat difficult, as each has its own slightly different raison d'etre; it's sort of a \"to each his own” kind of situation. To summarize the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus' purpose in a crowded field is easy enough, though: It's specialty is giving you all the perks of a WiFi-connected device (email, Web browsing, social networking, etc.) along with some impressive home media functionality--more on that in a bit--and also offering ample offline entertainment when you're out and about and away from a WiFi connection, such as gaming and e-reading.
Review: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus offers a sleek Android experience in a portable form factor, though its small size can also get a little cramped.It's been a year, but Samsung has finally upgraded and enhanced the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab, bringing the manufacturer's slick Android Honeycomb user interface (UI) to a small form factor. The end result mostly works, though it's clear that Google's tablet operating system just isn't meant to be crammed into a 7-inch space.We recently reviewed the Kindle Fire, a new 7-inch tablet with a completely new interface. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a slightly larger bezel (the area around the screen) than the Fire, but is a bit thinner at 9.9mm and lighter at just 12.17oz (345g). While Amazon stuck with a very square and rigid design, Samsung has tapered the edges nicely. The Tab 7.0 Plus actually looks a lot like an extra-large Samsung Galaxy Note with its faux brushed metal back simple camera and flash. But mostly, it looks like a smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9 or 10.1. As you might expect, though, it's a bit thicker than both of those tablets.Sticking with the solid design of the Tab 8.9 and 10.1, the 7.0 Plus's volume and power keys are on the top or right side of the tablet, depending on which orientation you prefer.
If anything can save the Honeycomb tablet field, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus ($399 list, 16GB) can. Slim, elegant, and entertainment-focused, this is about as good as a 7-inch Google Android Honeycomb tablet gets. But while Samsung manages to solve one of Honeycomb's most critical problems with a custom app store, this product line is still slightly uncomfortably wedged between budget and high-end tablets. Physical Design and ConnectivityThe Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus looks like a shrunken-down version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 ($469, 3.5 stars) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 ($499, 3.5 stars.) These are the best-looking, best-built Android tablets on the market, slim black and gray slabs (in this case, 7.6 by 4.8 by .39 inches and 12.1 ounces) clearly made of quality materials. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 will slip unnoticeably into a coat pocket. It's lovely. The Tab 7.0 Plus has its Power and Volume buttons, as well as its MicroSD card slot, on the side. The 2-megapixel front camera is at the top of the bezel, to the right of the speaker, which also faces the user. The 1024-by-600 pixel TFT LCD is pretty standard for tablets of this size. This is a Wi-Fi-only tablet, connecting to 802.11b/g/n networks.
Samsung was responsible for releasing the very first Google-sanctioned Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, roughly one year ago. So it's no surprise that it has making Android tablets down to a science, which is evident in the remarkably solid Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. This is a powerful, albeit simplistic, Honeycomb 3.2 tablet that is light on unique characteristics but runs smoothly and executes its basic feature set very well. It's an efficient, bare-bones device, like the netbook of tablets. The one characteristic of the Tab 7.0 Plus that isn't very bare-bones or netbook-like, however, is its price point. At the time of launch, for the lowest-end, 16GB Wi-Fi only version of the tablet, customers have to shell out $399.99. Is the Tab 7.0 Plus worth that much cash?BUILD & DESIGN The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus' build is probably the best thing it has going for it, at least in my opinion. Admittedly, I'm very partial to the 7-inch form factor because I think it's a lot more comfortable to hold than the 10.1-inch (and larger) tablets, especially with one hand; with 7-inch tablets, instead of having the awkward experience of holding a device the size of your average legal pad, you get to hold something about the same size as a compact novel.
Hard to believe it, but it has been only a year since the Samsung Galaxy Tab came knocking on our doors bringing Android into the tablet market. In that short time, we’ve surely seen our fair share of quality products. Even though the original model didn’t quite have a profound impact during its time, namely because of its out of character pricey purchase cost, its siblings in the face of Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 seemingly fared considerably better. Back for round two, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus reinvigorates the original line with some upgraded hardware and Android’s tablet optimized platform Honeycomb – thus, possibly resulting in better adoption this time around.The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus sticks with the design characteristics established by the Tab 8.9 and 10.1. Although it’s not the sleekest (0.39” thick) of the bunch, it’s still compact enough to hold with one hand, and at the same time, it’s sturdy in build to instill us with some confidence of durability against the elements. Yes, it might appear to be a metallic exterior, but in fact, it’s nothing more than a plastic casing, which contributes to its lightweight figure (12.17 oz).
Buried in the side of the 7.0 Plus is an IR blaster that, when used in conjunction with the included Peel app, turns the tablet into a universal remote that can tangle with the best of them. Add to that a powerful dual-core processor and a combined 48GB of internal and external storage and you've got a serious contender on your hands. Read on to get the full scoop on this Design Samsung has its tablet styling down to a science. Each tablet the company has created since its first Galaxy Tab 10.1 has followed the same basic design scheme. And that's not a shot at Samsung. In fact, the Galaxy Tab line has consistently offered some of the best looking tablets this side of the iPad 2. The front of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus features a sleek glass-covered black bezel surrounding its 7-inch touchscreen. At the top of the 7.0 Plus's face, when held in portrait mode, you'll find its 2-megapixel front-facing camera. On right side of the tablet are its power button and volume rocker, as well as the 7.0 Plus's main attraction, an IR blaster that lets you use the device as a remote for your entertainment system. Opposite that, on the left side of the Plus, is its microSD card slot, a nice addition that has been missing from the rest of the Galaxy Tab lineup.
As more tablets are released, manufacturers need to continually come up with good reasons for consumers to buy their latest device. Whether they do this through price, features, or a unique design, with a $200 tablet like the Kindle Fire out there, tablets will need a hook to keep consumers interested. I'm beginning to think it's probably easier to build a thin, 10.1-inch tablet than it is a 7-inch one that's equally as thin. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is actually thicker than its larger brother the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This is likely because a 10.1-inch tablet gives manufacturers room to spread components across a larger canvas, rather than cramming everything into a 7-inch design. That isn't to say that the 7.0 Plus is some bulky hunk of machinery, however. On the contrary, it's actually the thinnest 7-inch tablet we've yet come in contact with. That said, with such a small design, I imagine it must be difficult to really establish some sort of clear aesthetic difference between 7-inch tablets. There's just not much you can do (or at least, no vendor has yet felt compelled to do anything dramatically different) with 7-inch tablets. From the front, the 7.0 Plus looks very close to the original Galaxy Tab with its glossy black bezel; however, the 7.0 Plus's back isn't boxy like the original and instead slopes inward, creating a sleeker look and feel.
Makers of 7” tablets have a reason to worry about. With the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, we thought that there won't be a new 7” model, but we were wrong. The pioneer in the world of 7” Android tablets is back, with a completely redesigned body and a brand new OS in tow! However, it won't be an easy ride for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, as this time around, it will have to face some tough competition from devices such as the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook, HTC Flyer and the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire.Overcoming such capable devices, especially the extremely well-priced Kindle Fire, sure won't be an easy task, but the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus does seem to be hiding a few tricks up its sleeve. Let's take an early look at the new Tab 7.0 Plus and try to judge whether or not it has a chance to succeed in this increasingly competitive landscape.As you can imagine, the new device is now much slimmer than its direct predecessor, being just 9.9mm. However, even that is noticeably thicker than the 8.6mm profiles of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9. Even with that, the Tab 7.0 Plus is as easy to hold and carry around as only a 7” tablet can be, which is to say much easier, compared to 10” offerings, for example.
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