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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus review

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

Seven-inch tablets may’ve been dead on arrival after all. We can think of at least a couple that match the description down to the body bag. In hindsight, we should’ve known better about the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. What we thought was the iPad honking its horn as it sped ahead, was actually a f...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Pocketables

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a premium device in the 7-inch market all the while being a niche device in the phone market (the phone-enabled version, that is). It's packed full of nice hardware and you're never really left wanting something that isn't there, although a digitizer pen and a bett...

- Andreas Ødegård, Pocketables
HotHardware

Now that the negatives are out of the way, we can focus on the positive attributes of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. We’ve already discussed its excellent overall design, but it bears repeating that this tablet is a looker. It also has a nicely balanced weight to it, and it’s easy to manage with either on...

- Seth Colaner, HotHardware
Digital Trends

The 7.0 Plus is a step up from Amazon’s budget tablet in almost every way, save the interface. It has much more storage, a better screen, double the RAM, better design, and cameras. The price difference between the two tablets is steep, though. For the privilege of a couple cameras and smoother spee...

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends
PC Magazine

If anything can save the Honeycomb tablet field, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 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...

- Sascha Segan, PC Magazine


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Screen Size
7"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus's screen size is 7 inches with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Specs

Overview
Release date March 16, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM Unknown
GPS Type S-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 8 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.4 x 12.2 x 1 cm (7.6 x 4.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 345 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touch Screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung P6200

Alternative Variant: 16 GB of ROM

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GSMArena

Well built and feels strong but not heavy in hand

Seven-inch tablets may’ve been dead on arrival after all. We can think of at least a couple that match the description down to the body bag. In hindsight, we should’ve known better about the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. What we thought was the iPad honking its horn as it sped ahead, was actually a flatline beep....

More

Seven-inch tablets may’ve been dead on arrival after all. We can think of at least a couple that match the description down to the body bag. In hindsight, we should’ve known better about the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. What we thought was the iPad honking its horn as it sped ahead, was actually a flatline beep.

But well, that was then. A couple of software versions and scores of Droid slates later, it’s a different story altogether. And we may as well be looking at the best 7” tablet on the market.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus upgrades the original seven-inch Samsung slate, which obviously doesn’t cope well with ageing. And although it doesn’t sound as a particularly thorough upgrade, it couldn’t have made a bigger difference. Honeycomb is a welcome replacement of Froyo and the dual core processor is a warning shot to the competition. It’s worth noting too that the new release is slimmer and lighter than the original. After all, people shopping for a seven-inch tablet obviously care about portability.

On the minus side, the 7.0 plus keeps the screen resolution and the battery backup of the original. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 for example manages to squeeze a 5100 mAh battery in a much slimmer body. But well, that S-AMOLED screens do take less space on top of being superior in almost every other way. As to the screen resolution, WSVGA (1024 x 600) seems to be the norm in the class and it’s fine for a 7-incher.

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Pocketables

Very comfortable to hold, camera quality is a bit of a letdown, quite impressive battery life

from Pocketables

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a premium device in the 7-inch market all the while being a niche device in the phone market (the phone-enabled version, that is). It's packed full of nice hardware and you're never really left wanting something that isn't there, although a digitizer pen and a b...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a premium device in the 7-inch market all the while being a niche device in the phone market (the phone-enabled version, that is). It's packed full of nice hardware and you're never really left wanting something that isn't there, although a digitizer pen and a better camera would of course be good. It's portable yet does an excellent job at home where it can function as a remote control. Through built in DLNA support it can even work as a media server, though frankly the GPU's ability to decode video using hardware means that it's better used with an HDMI dock to power a large screen directly. The original Galaxy Tab was quite an innovation when so long before other Android tablets, and while the market is no longer the same today, Samsung honors the original quite nicely with this updated version.

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HotHardware

Great looks, strong overall performance, well-designed

from HotHardware

Now that the negatives are out of the way, we can focus on the positive attributes of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. We’ve already discussed its excellent overall design, but it bears repeating that this tablet is a looker. It also has a nicely balanced weight to it, and it’s easy to manage with either one hand or two....

More

Now that the negatives are out of the way, we can focus on the positive attributes of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. We’ve already discussed its excellent overall design, but it bears repeating that this tablet is a looker. It also has a nicely balanced weight to it, and it’s easy to manage with either one hand or two.

Lumping the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus in a general category with other 7-inch devices such as e-readers would be a mistake, like comparing a subcompact car with a sexy little sports car just because they weigh the same and have similar legroom. That’s nothing against e-readers, which are great devices for what they are, but the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus should be considered just a smaller version of the full-featured tablets we compared it to in our benchmark tests.

Indeed, performance-wise this tablet boxes outside of its weight class, consistently delivering strong scores in our benchmark tests. That Samsung Exynos chip is quite impressive, mostly leaving Tegra 2 chips in the rear view.

Further in that same vein, if you love the features of the iPad 2 or the Galaxy Tab 10.1 but are looking for a more compact option, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is perfect. It’s small enough to handle with one hand and easier to stash in a pocket or purse, but it’s also (just) large enough to type on reasonably comfortably. Other than screen real estate, you’re not missing a beat when it comes to gaming or watching movies compared to larger tablets, either.

Finally, the Galaxy Tab’s extra software features, in particular the Peel Smart Remote, nicely complement the device’s excellent hardware to deliver an overall superb experience.

Even though 400 bucks is a lot of money to drop on a device that only connects to the Internet via WiFi, if any such tablet is worth the money, it’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

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Digital Trends

A sleek Android experience in a portable form factor, though its small size can also get a little cramped

from Digital Trends

The 7.0 Plus is a step up from Amazon’s budget tablet in almost every way, save the interface. It has much more storage, a better screen, double the RAM, better design, and cameras. The price difference between the two tablets is steep, though. For the privilege of a couple cameras and smoother...More

The 7.0 Plus is a step up from Amazon’s budget tablet in almost every way, save the interface. It has much more storage, a better screen, double the RAM, better design, and cameras. The price difference between the two tablets is steep, though. For the privilege of a couple cameras and smoother speeds, you must pay $400, or double the price. This is hard to swallow, considering the Nook Tablet offers many of these upgrades for $250. Still, if you’re willing to pay more for a 7-inch tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a fantastic option.

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PC Magazine

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is as good as a midrange Honeycomb tablet can get nowadays

from PC Magazine

If anything can save the Honeycomb tablet field, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 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 s...More

If anything can save the Honeycomb tablet field, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 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.

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Laptop Magazine

It's as good as a midrange Honeycomb tablet can get nowadays

from Laptop Magazine

If anything can save the Honeycomb tablet field, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 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 s...More

If anything can save the Honeycomb tablet field, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 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.

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TabletPCReview

A powerful little tablet that performs well but is light on features

from TabletPCReview

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a solid device, through and through. It's simple and somewhat limited in features, but that just means what features it does have are polished and work extremely well. It's up-to-date with Honeycomb 3.2, it has a powerful processor that keeps things running smoo...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a solid device, through and through. It's simple and somewhat limited in features, but that just means what features it does have are polished and work extremely well. It's up-to-date with Honeycomb 3.2, it has a powerful processor that keeps things running smoothly, and its build and screen are superb.  But that's the issue with the 7.0 Plus: for all its simplicity, its price tag makes no sense to me. With no stand-out or particularly unique features beyond an IR blaster (and only Wi-Fi connectivity), why does the 16GB model go for $400 MSRP? That is far too high of a price point for a device like this, especially for the low-end 16GB model. If this tablet sees a price break sometime in the near future and you're looking for a no-frills, streamlined Android tablet experience, definitely give it some consideration. But as it stands now, it's not quite worth the money.

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PhoneArena

Solid build and well-rounded performance

from PhoneArena

On the surface, there isn’t a whole lot new to experience on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus that we haven’t seen before – especially when the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 offer the same predictable Honeycomb experience. However, we do like the fact that it sports some upgraded hardware over its...More

On the surface, there isn’t a whole lot new to experience on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus that we haven’t seen before – especially when the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 offer the same predictable Honeycomb experience. However, we do like the fact that it sports some upgraded hardware over its predecessor, and an infrared port to provide us some light home theater functionality, which is something that’s rarely offered by most of the tablet crew out there. Above all, pricing is obviously going to be a key factor in whether or not it’ll attract would be buyers, but when you think about the competition, there are other 10.1” Honeycomb tablets that are priced the same or less than this one. Well, it’s not to say that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a bad option, rather, if you have the money to shell out, it’s definitely something worth picking up thanks to its balanced performance and rich feature set.

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Android Community

Power, performance and portability all for a fair price

from Android Community

What tablet would I choose? For me personally the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the clear winner here. While the Springboard’s amazingly durable design and build quality is nice the aluminum is extra heavy and the squared edges makes it feel fatter then it really is. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus feels bett...More

What tablet would I choose? For me personally the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the clear winner here. While the Springboard’s amazingly durable design and build quality is nice the aluminum is extra heavy and the squared edges makes it feel fatter then it really is. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus feels better, it’s more comfortable and is much lighter during daily usage. Pair that with the small but enjoyable changes with the Samsung TouchWiz UX the entire experience was just a tad better for me. The extra price you pay would definitely be worth it. Although, if you need the extra options such as a micro-USB port and micro-HDMI for accessories or video playback that is one area the Springboard has a clear advantage.

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Engadget

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus doesn't quite fill the footsteps of the larger 8.9 and 10.1, but is a great little slate in its own right

from Engadget

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus really is a gussied-up, slimmed-down, priced-right version of the original Galaxy Tab. If that tablet had released last year looking and feeling (and costing) like this one does it would have been a revolution. As it was it never found that level of success and, while the...More

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus really is a gussied-up, slimmed-down, priced-right version of the original Galaxy Tab. If that tablet had released last year looking and feeling (and costing) like this one does it would have been a revolution. As it was it never found that level of success and, while the 7.0 Plus is definitely a far better device, it just doesn't have anything that makes it stand out among Samsung's increasingly busy selections.

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