Although the late Steve Jobs once commented that seven-inch tablets are dead on arrival, it seems that they are surviving pretty well. While some seven-inch tablets failed to make an impact, Samsung Galaxy Tabs on the other hand appear to be very well-received and doing well. Having said that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus picked up from where the original Galaxy Tab left off and improved quite a lot to take on the ever-increasing competition in the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus won us over with its slim and lightweight form factor, an important consideration for consumers facing more options to choose from. While Android Honeycomb is not what we would have expected on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, it still delivers a satisfactory user experience and is definitely a better option than Gingerbread on the HTC Flyer. Performance wise, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a very capable multimedia device with a rather good battery life. The Exynos dual-core processor is one of the best processors available on mobile devices today as it blazed the competition in the various performance benchmarks.
In its bid to keep the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus as portable as possible, Samsung took a hit with the build quality of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Ironically, the company has shown that it is possible to build a more solid device such as its upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.7. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes encased with a metallic back, which is miles ahead in terms of aesthetics and feel. It is also a pity that Samsung missed out a chance to showcase its Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, which might be better than the PLS LCD technology deployed on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
The occasional sluggish performance on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus irked us a little although we have expected it from our experience with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. A possible explanation could originate from Samsung's TouchWiz interface hogging unnecessary system resources, causing the lags we experienced during our time with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is available now at S$768 (inclusive of GST) without line contract. When compared to other seven-inch tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab7.0 Plus is an attractive purchase. It trumps the $598 Huawei MediaPad and $449 Acer Iconia Tab A100 with a longer lasting battery and better overall performance. The $668 BlackBerry PlayBook cannot compete in terms of apps availability and needs a BlackBerry smartphone to access basic functions such as email and calendar. The $899 HTC Flyer runs on a single-core processor and Gingerbread operating system, which can be considered dated in these times.
More importantly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus functions as a phone as well, allowing you to make and receive calls on the device. This unique proposition cannot be found on any other competing tablets in the market. For its price, the overall package is hard to beat except for the upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.7.