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Tablet Plus Remote
Samsung’s Galaxy tab 7.0 Plus is a slim and seriously powerful
tablet that doubles as a super-smart tV remote.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus offers the kind of
functionality you’ve come to expect from Samsung’s
larger Android tablets plus a little something extra.
Buried in the side of the 7.0 Plus is an IR blaster
that turns the device into a TV remote that learns
what you like to watch.
Since the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has
consistently offered some of the best-looking
tablets this side of the iPad 2, and the Tab 7.0
Plus is no different. The front features a sleek
glass-covered black bezel surrounding the 7-inch
Weighing 0.8 pounds, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
is slightly lighter than both the 7-inch, 0.8 -pound
T-Mobile Springboard, as well as the 0.9 -pound
HTC Flyer. The 7.0 Plus also slightly undercuts the
0.9 -pound Kindle Fire (7.5 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches).
Despite the tablet’s small size, the Galaxy Tab
7.0 Plus’s 1024 x 600, 7-inch PLS display provided
spectacular image quality. Packs of zombies looked
fantastic as they shambled across the screen in
an episode of The Walking Dead.
Like its Galaxy Tab brethren, the 7.0 Plus offers
exceptional audio quality. Its stereo speakers
pumped out some of the best sound we’ve heard
on a tablet this size. The one problem we had with
the speakers was their location at the bottom of
the tablet; users are more likely to cover them up
when holding the slate in portrait mode.
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus’ main attraction is its IR
blaster and Peel software integration, exclusive to
this tablet. We previously reviewed the standalone
version of the Peel ($99) and praised its intuitive
interface. The only real problem we had with the
Peel was that there is no iPad- or Android-specific
app for the device.
That’s why we were excited to try out Peel on
the 7.0 Plus. Gone are the external components
of the standalone product, and in their place is
the simple IR blaster embedded in the side of the
tablet, which communicates directly with your
One of the Peel’s best features is its ability to
pick up on which shows you mark as your favorite
and which you cut from your feed. The more shows
you favorite, the more likely similar shows are to
show up in your feed. The more you cut, the less
likely related shows are to pop up.
Equipped with a 1.2-GHz dual-core Exynos
processor and 1GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
proved to be a performance beast. Scrolling through
menus and panels was smooth, and multitasking
was a breeze. However, on a few occasions we
needed to hit some buttons more than once for
the tablet to respond.
The 7.0 Plus ripped through the Benchmark CPU
test with a score of 3,353, easily besting the category
average, not to mention the 1.2-GHz dual-core
Snapdragon-equipped T-Mobile Springboard.
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus’ 5 -megapixel rear-facing
camera didn’t wow. The iconic Flatiron building in
Manhattan appeared dull and lifeless when we
snapped a shot of it from just beneath the awning
of an adjacent building.
On our LAPTOP Battery Test, the 7.0 Plus lasted 7
hours and 18 minutes before calling it quits. That’s
better than the category average of 6 hours and
Samsung makes some of the best Android
tablets on the market, and the $399 Galaxy Tab
7.0 Plus is further proof. There’s just one problem:
The 7.0 Plus hit the market at the same time as
Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook
Tablet, which cost $199 and $249, respectively.
Still, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus is thinner and lighter
than both and offers an integrated IR blaster and
the Peel app, something you won’t find on any
other tablet. Bottom line: If you’re looking for a
pure Android tablet experience in a slim design,
the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a very good choice.
— Daniel Howley
CPU: 1.2-GHz Exynos Operating System:
Android 3.2 RaM/ROM: 1GB/16GB Display
Size/Resolution: 7 inches/1024 x 600
Wireless: 8 0 2.11b /g / n Front Camera: 2-MP
Rear Camera: 5 -MP Camcorder: 720p Ports:
Headphone, mic, proprietary Card Reader:
microSD Size: 7.6 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches Weight:
Sleek, attractive design
Lighter and thinner than Kindle
Can use as remote control
Poor speaker location
A built-in IR blaster and Peel’s TV app make the
Tab 7.0 Plus a great remote.
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