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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review: Honeycomb’s cute little sister

November 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Phones and Devices, Samsung Tablets

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Camera and Conclusion

There’s really not much to say about the cameras tucked into the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Not that they are bad, but they are tablet cameras. The form factor limits the use case where anyone would actually want or need to take beautiful pics, and most front-facing cameras are typically good enough for the rare occasion when you want to video chat. Your current phone is likely to take better pics, but if there comes a time when you actually need to share from the 3 MP rear camera or the 2 MP front-facing camera, you will have good cameras. Here’s what the device can do.

Rear camera under sunlight

Rear camera indoors

Indoors under store lighting

Conclusion

The picture is a little less clear on the viability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Make no mistake about it: this is an excellent Android tablet and probably the best 7-inch Honeycomb device you’ll see. But with the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet launching this week, I’m not sure it will be the most valuable 7-inch tablets. The Fire will offer plenty of app options, and the Nook Tablet will not slouch on specs, so why would anyone buy the GTab 7.0 Plus at $399? Is Honeycomb and a proper Android experience – with access to the Android Market and Google Mobile services – really worth paying twice as much money?

Millions of consumers will say no and go with the cheaper tablets, forked Android ecosystem and all. Those who opt for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will get a more powerful experience that may be worth the premium, but it will be tough to justify. It may make more sense for some to spend a few extra bucks and get the 8.9 or 10.1 inch models. Complicating matters further is that a 7.7-inch version is also on the way, leading us to wonder just who is left to purchase this model?

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is likely to be a niche product for people who want the Android tablet OS but don’t want to sacrifice portability. Those people must also want that product now and be unwilling to wait to know if the 7.7 will be available in their region. Anyone who purchases the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will be happy with a great product. I’m not sure that will still be true a few months from now, however.

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