Nov 12 AT 6:54 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus first impressions

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Are customers willing to pay $399 for a 7-inch Android tablet? That’s the question Samsung is asking with their new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. We already know that millions are buying the $199 Kindle Fire, so why would anyone want to spend an extra $200 for Samsung’s latest offering?

I just spent a week with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and I can easily say it’s the best 7-inch Android tablet I have ever used. However, I don’t think Samsung will be selling many units with a starting price that is twice that of the competition.

It’s true that Samsung’s 7-inch tablet has its advantages over the Kindle Fire. The Tab 7.0 Plus features twice the internal storage (16 GB vs 8 GB), twice the RAM (1 GB vs 512 MB), a 20% faster dual-core processor (1.2 GHz vs 1.0 GHz) and a microSD expansion slot. The Tab 7.0 Plus also runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and ships with the official Android Market, while the Kindle Fire features a heavily customized version of Android with the Amazon Appstore.

Even with all that going for it, I still have a hard time recommending the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus to friends in search of an Android tablet. Anyone looking for a budget tablet should go with the Kindle Fire at $199 (or Nook Tablet at $249) and anyone shopping for a high-end tablet will want to go with the quad-core Transformer Prime at $499.

Check out our quick hands-on video for a first look at the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. We plan to post a full 10-point review sometime next week, so let us know if there are any specific areas you would like us to cover.

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  • http://goo.gl/tQ2E Josh McAllister

    On your YouTube video you said 399 was a bit high considering the Transformer Prime is coming soon

    • Angie Wimberly

      Didn’t he say just that in the post too? What are you questioning here?

  • samar

    Hey,
    In the video, you mentioned Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have similar specs as this piece here and come with a lower price. I don’t suppose they have cameras’s (Front or back). That can easily bump up the price.

    • WarDrake

      They do have cameras, dual cameras to be exact, with flash too…

  • WarDrake

    The 7.0 plus tab looks nice, but yeah, at that price range, you can get better tablets, even the original transformer for exact same price, the IR port does make it stand out tho, i wish my phone or tablet had one…

    • Joshua

      Also the original transformer is going to be a doorbuster at Best Buy on black Friday for $250 and the dock for $100. Can’t beat that!

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JO7b1Ck47aQEDj18KITtDo-UqYBOLeP6nzuQmVQDO8o?feat=directlink Gomez

    What would the IR control? Would it be like a universal remote? For 99 bucks moreyou could get a Logitech revue and that could control your tv and 3 other devices. I thinkthe 7.0 plus is going to take awhile before it sells.

  • Eng Paydrow

    I think the price for this should have been $300 to hit the sweet spot. But, is that price really doable for Samsung?

  • Kaustubhdn

    Hi..Liked your views on new galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus…when it will come to India & is it a 3G tablet or only wifi..?

  • Tim Michael

    Yes
    I WOULD PAY 399 DOLLAR.
    Even 500$, I wish I could get this in Germany.

    Thanks to Apple, it is not availible here.

    F**k you Apple!

    • Neil

      F*** you Samsung and your ripoffs. This isn’t China.
      Get your own ideas, cut your own path.

      • John

        Neil, like it or not the iPad is a generic product in that it displays info, graphics and media and users interact with it by touch. End of story. You cannot patent or copyright that any more than some one maker alone could have patented the car, the TV, typewriters, refrigerators and so on. And you can’t patent a general idea. If you could Gene Roddenberry would have sued Apple years ago as they used “pads” in Star Trek Next Gen years before anyone demonstrated a real product. How human beings use a generic device determines a lot of it’s features – rounded corners on a slate device for comfort isn’t a patentable idea. That is, unless Apple decides it has a patent on the concept of ergonomics too…

        Apple’s practices are designed to control markets and eliminate competition against their products. It’s not protectection of Intellectual Property or anything that altruistic, it’s about guarding revenue streams. The fact is Android existed in 2003 and was bought by Google a few years later. It pre-dates iPhone OS by at least 3 years. Apple is trying to re-write history with all this BS from Steve Jobs about Android ripping Apple off.

  • Paul

    How does it compare with the original Galaxy tab?

  • Justin Ziemba

    The better question is why wouldnt you spend $100 more for the 10″version?

  • anamika

    US mobiles are sold at highly subsidised rates. Is that one of the reasons why Tablet prices are considered to be costly?

  • Delacoa

    This tucking guy from this video talks more stupid than a piece of shot.

    HOW CAN YOU COMPARE THIS TAB WITH THE KINDLE OR NOOK
    1) THE KINDLE HAS NO CAMERAS
    2) THE KINDLE HAS NO BLUETOOTH AND MIC
    3) YOU CANNOT MAKE PHONE CALLS WITH A KINDLE OR NOOK
    4) THE TAB HAS A FULL OPEN OS SO YOU FONT HAVE TO BUY ONLY FROM AMAZON
    5) HOW CAN YOU SAY SHIT ABOUT COMPARING A 7 INCH WITH A 10 INCH TABLET AND TALK ABOUT PRICEY.

    A IPHONE HAS A 3,5 INCH YOU PAY ALMOST 750,- EUROS FOR A 3.5 INCH PHONE.

    THIS IS A GREG GREAT TABLET ITS VERY WELL PRICING ITS A PREMIUM TABLET AND NOT A CRIPLE ONE

  • Queen Laqueefa

    $399 is a deal killer for me. Looks nice, but not for that price.

  • Roamin’ Reader

    This is a worthy device. Try finding a DECENT 7″ tablet when that’s what you want. The form factor is perfect for mobility(get it?), it fits a coat/jacket pocket, is the perfect book/daytimer replacement.

  • myet01

    I purchased one of these last night from a local store. It says “Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus” on the box, model P6210 on the settings about screen but it only shows 512 memory not 1GB that I see on every review? Is 512 reserved for OS and that is why it only shows 512 in use?

    Tony

  • pritams

    not bad…