• Pros:
  • Good performance
  • Can be used as a phone
  • Cons:
  • Too big for a phone

The tab with the plus-sized attitude

Unlike the Galaxy Note, where we couldn‘t tell if it‘s a phone or a tablet, we wouldn‘t have a problem categorizing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus we have this month. At 7 inches, it is a tablet, although you can still make calls on it.

Samsung calls this the 7“ tablet reloaded. If you recall, one of the very first Android tablets in the market was the Samsung Galaxy Tab and it was a big and clunky device. The Galaxt Tab 7.0 Plus, on the other hand, is still big but it shed a lot of weight, particularly in the thickness area.

Measuring at only 9.96mm, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is really thin. However, one-handed operation is still a little difficult, since the tablet is larger than most human hands. The display is not Super AMOLED like most Samsung Galaxy Tabs but it is bright and crisp enough to use.

Based on the Android Honeycomb operating system, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is one of the very few tablets we‘ve tested that comes with phone feature. Those who hate using small-ish touch sensitive phones because of their small text will love this. The dialling pad alone is larger than most touch screens! Nice eh?

Using it as a phone is a little funny. For starters, holding it in one hand towards your ears is hard if you have small hands like ours. Then, positioning the speakers to your phone is another problem. You don‘t really know where the speaker is because the surface of the tablet is just too big.

Performance wise, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 is great, thanks to its 1.2GHz dual core processor. It has a huge 4,000 mAh battery and we could use it for one full day, with constant mobile data access as well as a few phone calls. At RM1,699, it‘s not too pricey either!

CHIP CONCLUDE : The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a nice tablet to have. It is thin but still doesn‘t fit in your pocket though. If you need a phone, it is there to use but it might be a little awkward. It is nicely priced too. Great job reloading the tablet, Samsung.

(previously published on issue February 2012)