The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is Samsung’s new tablet that features a 7-inch screen running Android version 3.2 Honeycomb. It has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, a 3 MP camera on the back and a 2 MP on the front. The screen is a 1024 x 600 LCD and is able to display HD resolutions. Speakers are located on the bottom of the tab with volume and power controls on the right side. It comes with 16 GB of internal memory, a SD card slot for additional memory and a headphone out. It also has IR capabilities able to control TVs, cable boxes, AV receivers and more. The Galaxy Tab Plus is lightweight, coming in under 13 LBs. and is easy to hold with just one hand.
The screen responds quickly and smoothly while using the Galaxy Tab. Functions like tapping the screen and holding down the screen to copy text to the clipboard work perfectly. This also makes typing on the Galaxy Tab really easy, especially in portrait view. Not once did the keyboard become unresponsive while typing in any program in either view. The tab also comes with the Swiftkey app which is a pretty nice alternative to the primary way touch screen devices are typed on.
The Galaxy tab feels like a traditional Android tablet. The home button and the back button are on the bottom left part of the screen with a quick app launch and screen capture features next to it. The App menu is located at the top right part of the screen with Google search and voice search located at the top left and all off such work as advertised.
The WI-FI on the tablet is excellent. On a fast cable setup with an Apple branded router, I yielded a down of 24 Mbps and an up of 5 Mbps. The WI-FI stays connected without a problem and doesn’t put excessive drain on the battery. The battery life is also excellent. A full charge can easily last most of a day with heavy use, and over a day with moderate use and battery saving features off.
The Galaxy Tab Plus had no problems running any third party apps or games like Netflix. Samsung has also pre-installed a collection of included apps that connect to social networks and email accounts. The biggest standout is the Peel Smart Remote app. This app uses the IR sensor and will control TVs and other consumer electronic devices. The IR part of the app works flawlessly gaining control of the devices and performing basic functions. Basic controls like volume, channel menu and arrows only so the regular remote control will still have to be kept handy for more advance control.
The speakers are located on the bottom the table while holding the tablet in portrait mode. This means most of the time your hands will be cupping them and blocking the sound. The speakers are loud and clear, so its a shame to block them constantly. The Galaxy tab does not have any type of indicator light on the front for alerts. Lastly, occasionally the screen would freeze while in standby mode. The tablet needs to be restarted when this happens and I could find no rhyme or reason what caused it to happen.
My experiences with the Samsung Galaxy Tab were great. Other than the speaker placement and the occasional freeze, the tablet worked wonderfully. The picture is great with HD content looking near lifelike. The screen is responsive and the UI is easy to understand so just about anyone will be able to pick it up and know how to interact with it. It feels solid in your hands and the light weight really makes it easy to hold for a long period of time. This is a great Android tablet that should not be overlooked.
Lastly, this entire review was typed up on the Galaxy Tab Plus.