"Galaxy Tab 7" +"4.5 starson by Max2Carter
Pros: Screen is crisp and sharp
WiFi and GPS work like a champ
Dual-core processor in this device works great!
Wi-Fi supports Dual-band 802.11n
Audio supports natively FLAC
Nice screen (1024x600 WSVGA PLS)
Cons: Cannot remove bloatware
Lack of integrated USB/HDMI
Very short charging cable
Summary: Great device if you don't want to e-peen about your hardware. Needs ICS and some other software tweaks, but best bang for your buck. 4 stars only for the apps/software. (Bloatware bad)
This was a surprise birthday present from my wife. I own a Samsung Captivate and love it. I wanted an Asus Transformer Prime (more on that later), but I must say, this was a superb purchase, and it exceeded my expectations. Samsung makes a great product. Here is why you should take a serious look at this tablet.
This tablet has a front camera (2MP) and a rear camera (3MP). My kids and I video chatted with my father via Skype with the front camera, and it worked great. Dad did not complain about the picture or the sound. I used the rear camera to take some pics and some video. The 720p was sharp, and for a tablet/portable device, this is sufficient. Honestly, I don't think that tablets should have rear cameras, mostly because I feel they are a waste. People look ridiculous taking pics with their tablets, in addition, most cell phone cameras are of much better quality anyways. But, hey, if you need it/want it, this works fine.
The processor allows this device to feel snappy and responsive. There is enough RAM for the jobs to get done. However, it does lag if I have too many things running in the back ground. I have the task manager on my home screen, and I usually keep most apps killed this way. The RAM manager also keeps things down and running smooth. I believe that this has more to do with the software than the hardware. The video comes through great. I have watched The Walking Dead on it, as well as some movies (The Dark Knight), with little to no lag.
I do not play many games, I do have Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies, and there were no issues running these games. The screen is crisp and sharp. When compare side by side with the Transformer Prime, I could tell that resolution is 1,024-by-600. However, When watching videos,YouTube, or Skype, this really doesn't bother me. The resolution is great for a portable device. The colors are sharp and easy on the eyes.
The WiFi and GPS work like a champ. I keep the GPS off to preserve battery life, but I encountered no signal problems, or, at least ones caused by the device. I leave the WiFi on all the time. I could turn it off to preserve battery life, but meh. The Bluetooth functions fine as well. I synced a headset with no issues. I played with a Logitech keyboard as well, worked fine. No issues here. The remote feature works as advertised. I had no issue controlling my TV with it. I doubt I will use this much, but hey, it is nice to know it is there and it works.
The battery life is about an hour less than what was advertised, and I again believe this to be software related. There are apps out there to help increase battery life, and they do work. With these apps I can get the advertised battery life.
Apps. This is where I dock a star. I really hate bloatware, and this device has a bunch of it. This is what kills the performance. The Samsung media app is probably good. However, I don't use it. I don't want it. Why I cannot remove software on a device I own bothers me. Ditto for other stuff like MovieFone (AOL? Really? They are still around?). This device would be much better off with out the trash apps.
The packaging was a simple box, no fight to get it open. The battery was a little over 50% when I powered it on for the first time. In the box is also a headset/mic combo that works well. There is a charger/USB cable as well. Fairly straightforward. Unless you need something more, these are adequate.
Other thoughts: I was playing with my friend's Transformer Prime, and we noticed that the quad-core processor didn't really help. I researched a bit on the hard ware, and the Transformer Prime actually has five cores, four of them are high-performance, and one is high-efficiency. The CPU is designed to shutdown the four cores for almost nearly everything, and just use the high-efficiency core in order to save on battery life. We tried to activate the other cores, and for the life of us, we could only get one other core to "activate".
We found that most (if not all) apps are designed to use the one core, so I don't feel I missed out by not receiving the Transformer Prime. When we ran the same tests on this device, we found it to be the same.One core is active and the other stays down to conserve battery life. Granted, the Transformer Prime did feel more responsive, We think this is due to the amount of system RAM.
Unless you really want to e-peen about your processor cores on a tablet, or want to do high end gaming (does that even exist?) on a tablet, there really isn't much of a compelling reason to have more than a dual core processor. The average person does not have the slightest idea how threading works nor why having more cores might be overkill and a waste of money, so why bother?
Bottom line on processors: The whole "core" obsession on mobile devices seems to be nothing but marketing talk. At least, as far as I have been able to determine. The dual-core processor in this device works great!
I wish this device had ICS, the under the hood tweaks there could really help out with the flaws that this device has. 3.2 works great though. Smooth.
Final thought: I was scared that I would have to hide my disappointment from my wife as this was not the tablet I wanted. However, I am convinced. I enjoy this device, and overall it exceeded my expectations. The 7" screen makes it easy to take with me. My employer has a Citrix apps that run like a champ, and I can almost do most of my work that way. It is a slower than a keyboard/mouse, so I won't be doing that unless there is an emergency.
This device is worth you money. I really love the micro SD slot. The 16Gb of storage can be limiting, and this feature hands down helps over come the default storage.
P.S., If you're will buy this Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: Prices-comparison.info/Galaxy-Tab7Plus
I would say this is the best bang for your buck. Another A+ device from Samsung.