Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus review: A game of sequels

GSMArena team, 17 January 2012.
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3.15 megapixel camera and 720p video

A 3.15 megapixel main camera capable of doing 720p videos and a 2 megapixel front-facing snapper (with VGA video) is what you get with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Given that tablets aren’t the most useful devices for taking snaps it’s probably as much as you are going to need anyway.

Nonetheless, the two cameras are mostly there to provide the functionality needed for video-chatting and some augmented reality apps or games and the possibility to snap a label or two as a memory aid comes as a welcome bonus.

The camera interface is an oversized version of what you find on the Galaxy S II with the available settings on the left and the shutter key and the video/stills switch on the right.

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The still camera interface

Here go a few samples to show you the image quality of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus camera. We found it to be pretty good for the 3 megapixel league – low noise, plenty of fine detail, accurate colors and good balance between contrast and dynamic range.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus camera samples

Photo quality comparison

As we already pointed out, the 3 megapixel camera on Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus does a splendid job, but that's understandable - you have much more room and processing power here.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus in our Photo Compare Tool

Very good HD videos

The camcorder interface is not much different, really. There are fewer options available here, but the layout is basically the same.

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The video camera interface

The 720p videos are top-notch with stereo audio recording, full of detail, low in noise and generally, nice and smooth. There’s plenty of information too.

Check out the 720p sample that we captured with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

And here goes a 720p video sample from the slate that we uploaded to YouTube.

Video quality comparison

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a match to most of the HD capable flagships and tablets and our video compare tools is here to prove it. Of course, there are a few 1080p capable camcorders using the same hardware so there is room for improvement. Once again we'd suspect that the more demanding Honeycomb was the reason why 1080p is absent here.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus in our Video Compare Tool

Connectivity has everything

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is well equipped in terms of connectivity. There is proprietary 30-pin USB connector for computer connection, but there is no USB charging (though some users suggest the USB charging actually works, but due to the low USB power output, the Android OS is not indicating it as charging).

Naturally, you get quad-band GSM radios plus 3G speeds of up to 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA. It is GPS equipped as well.

The Wi-Fi support includes a/b/g/n versions, with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band compatibility. Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA support are also available.

Thereis a microSD card slot as well. The 16/32GB of internal storage helps too.

Naturally, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus supports USB-on-the-go, but you will need to buy an adapter for that. Using one you can connect card readers, USB flash drives and other compatible devices to your tablet and access their contents through the file manager.

You can also buy a separate HDMI adapter and connect the tablet to your HDTV with a regular cable.

And finally, there is an integrated infrared port. It is used mainly for smart TV control via the dedicated Smart Remote app.

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