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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

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Carrier: T-Mobile and Wi-Fi-only models available
Manufacturer: Samsung
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What's hot: Fast performance, portable, AV remote.

What's not: Pricey for a 7" tablet.


Reviewed November 21, 2012 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

It's tough times for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus; after all Amazon's incredibly affordable Kindle Fire came out at the same time as did the new Nook Tablet. While those are fine products, they aren't full-fledged Android in all its glory tablets like the Tab 7 Plus. The Samsung runs Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb vs. the older Gingerbread 2.3 OS on the reader tablets, and the Samsung has all the standard hardware features like Bluetooth, a GPS and a mic that the Fire lacks (the Nook Tablet has a mic).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

For those of you who want to do it all with your Android tablet and not worry about rooting or hacking just to get the Android Market on your device, the Tab 7 Plus is for you. Samsung has stated that the 7 Plus will get an upgrade to Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which seems unlikely for the two hybrid tablet-eReaders.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

Given downward pricing trends for tablets, the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus is on the pricey side. It's $399 for the 16 gig WiFi version, and T-Mobile's 3G version is priced similarly. That's twice the cost of the Fire, but the Tab 7 Plus has more features. It's a bit expensive compared to the Acer Iconia Tab A100 7" Honeycomb tablet and the $299 HTC Flyer. As you'd expect from Samsung, some of the benefits of ownership including the Tab 7 Plus' thinness and light weight. It's the lightest 7" tablet at 12 ounces.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

The tablet is also extremely fast with Quadrant benchmarking it at 3536, and it's turned in the fastest Sunspider JavaScript test score we've seen yet for a mobile: 1738. The Galaxy Tab 7 Plus runs on a 1.2GHHz Exynos CPU (that's why it's so fast), and it has a gig of RAM and 16 gigs of storage. There's a microSD card slot (something the Tab 10.1 lacks), but no HDMI out. You'll have to buy Samsung's adapter to convert their 30 pin port to HDMI. The tablet does have dLNA for wireless streaming to an HD TV, and it supports MPEG4, XVID and DIVX video formats.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

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The Galaxy Tab 7 Plus is actually my favorite 7" Android tablet because it's thin, portable and extremely fast. The IR blaster and Peel AV Remote software make for great couch companions, and the tablet has a microSD card slot for expansion. The display isn't much improved from the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, but Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with a higher quality and higher resolution display (of course, it will cost more too!).

Price: $399 for the 16 gig model.


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Display: 7" capacitive TFT LCD. Resolution: 1024 x 600, supports both portrait and landscape modes via accelerometer, has an ambient light sensor.

Battery: 4,000 Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable.

Performance: 1.2GHz Exynos dual core CPU. 1 gig RAM and 16 or 32 gigs storage.

Size: 7.6 x 4.8 x 0.39 inches. Weight: 12.1 ounces.

Cellular: T-Mobile 3G/4G HSPA+ model available and Wi-Fi only models available.

Camera: 2MP front and 3MP rear camera.

Audio: Built in speakers, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.

Software: Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb with Samsung's TouchWiz UI (upgradable to 4.0 ICS). Adobe Flash Player and standard suite of Google Android applications including web browser, email, gmail, YouTube, Maps, Navigation, Gtalk, Search and the Android Market.

Expansion: 1 SDHC microSD card slot.


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