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.