Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note

Last week, we got hold of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus which we showed at Mornings @ ANC and SONA with Jessica Soho along with the Galaxy Note. I noticed that the two are like really close cousins so I thought I’d compare them here.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is obviously a tablet that wants to be a smartphone while the Galaxy Note is obviously a smartphone that wants to be a tablet.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the reloaded version of the original Galaxy Tab that was launched last year. And while the old one came out with a staggering price of Php35,000+, the new Galaxy Tab 7 Plus with its upgraded hardware is selling for just Php23k.

Likewise, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note which was launched a couple months earlier sold for Php36k. So why is the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus much, much cheaper? In some sense, the pricing makes sense if you’re looking into the Galaxy Tab line-up — the Tab 10.1 was selling for Php30k, the Tab 8.9 for about P27k and now this Tab 7.0 Plus costs just Php23k.

It has cellular functions (make voice calls and no native SMS app has Messaging app) so you can actually use this as a phone as well.

The specs are also pretty impressive, except for a few little shortcomings.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus GT-P6200
7-inch PLS display @ 1024×600 pixels
1.2GHz Exynos 4210 dual-core processor
Mali-400MP GPU
16GB and 32GB internal storage
microSD card up to 64GB
3G/HSPA+ 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
3MP rear camera w/ 720p video recording
2MP front-facing camera
Bluetooth 3.0
GPS w/ aGPS support
IR port
4000mAh Li-Ion battery
Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb

It’s already on Honeycomb 3.2 so we’ll expect it to be upgradeable to ICS this quarter.

Updated: Also figured out this model has an IR blaster which can be used as a remote control for home appliances.

So I was thinking, if you had a budget of like Php36k which you originally intended for the Galaxy Note, you can get the Galaxy Tab Plus for Php23k and then use the extra Php13k to get a decent phone. Not a bad alternative, right?

Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
5.3-inch Super AMOLED display @ 1280×800 pixel resolution
1.4GHz dual-core processor Exynos chip
Mali-400MP GPU
16GB & 32GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD (2GB included)
HSPA+ 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct
Bluetooth 3.0
8MP rear camera
1080p full HD video recording
2MP front-facing camera
GPS w/ aGPS support
FM Radio tuner
Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Li-Ion 2500mAh battery

The again, the Galaxy Note has a much better display and bigger resolution on a smaller screen. Although it’s currently running on Gingerbread, Samsung will be able to upgrade it to Ice Cream Sandwich this quarter as well. Then there’s the S Pen which adds a bit more sophistication to the Note.

When you put the two side by side, you’ll definitely see the difference in screen size. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus did not even disappoint in Quadrant Standard Benchmark — scoring a nice 3,500 points compared to the 4,150 of the Galaxy Note. The difference in scores can be attributed to the 1.4GHz on the Note and the 1.2GHz on the Tab 7 Plus, both of which are dual-core processors.

If you’re dying to get the Galaxy Not but can’t afford the steep price tag, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus seems like the next logical device to get. More on this in our full review next week.

54 Comments on this Post

  1. Jail the Arroyos

    GO GO GO for Ipad 2 and Iphone 4s. The Best Ever!!!!!!!

    • iSheep alert! iSheep alert! iSheep taking pride of his lower-specd gadgets…

    • Jim Lim

      I would not really call something with lower specifications as inferior as what you are trying to suggest. The specs is designed for iOS which is sufficient and does not require quad core processors (at least at the moment). Have you tried using iPads or iPhones or iPod touch? I am getting the Note next week due its size and I can deal with android as i have used one before for almost 2 years.

      iSheep? It is a matter of preference. Why would you call someone isheep if you are not a stupid fan yourself? I like both OS and the guy is just trolling.

      In fact, f*ck both of you!

    • Called him iSheep because he’s the only one here trying to troll around. We are discussing about Samsung products. As for you, bad/offensive words are not supposed to be allowed here.

    • flicker

      i own the following devices: galaxy s2, iphone 4s, and ipad2… i dont own an android tablet so i have no basis for comparison… however, i have the own one of the best android phone in the market… personally, 4s sucks big time compared to s2… i can do more things with my s2 than with my 4s… for people who are stupid enough to adapt to more sophisticated devices, then the ios is good for you… for those who want scalability, then go for android…

    • Application is the key to maximize iOSs functionality. Android apps are nothing compared to the quality of iOSs apps. Galaxy S2 is an excellent phone, no doubt, but to say that the iphone 4S sucks big time is arguably a subjective judgement that i can easily dismiss. Most review websites including this one will disagree with you. I have jailbroken my iphone 4 and it works waaaay better than any android devices i’ve seen and owned. I have more than 200 apps and i don’t remember ever getting bored or tired of using most of them and downloading more from apptrckr.

    • I admit that most iOS apps are better than in Android, but for a price.. that is, you either pay for them, or risk your device by jailbraking it. However, Android is rapidly gaining share in the smartphone and tablet markets. Android is already offering paid apps, unlike before. This will attract more developers into Android and create very good apps.

      Presently, top Android devices have better specs and if coupled with good apps, is what Apple fears most (which is probably a reason why Apple stopped innovating and rather focused on litigating). It’s only a matter of time for Android.

  2. Now, Samsung Galaxy Tab has four units: 7.0, 7.0 Plus, 8.9, and 10.1. Amazing! Samsung is trying to dominate the various markets of the sizes, and I daresay it’s successful. ;)

  3. Quakercountry

    Hi yuga,

    Is the galaxy tab7+ with IR blaster locally available? Accdg to local Samsung stores they’re not.
    Anyway, where can we buy one with it?

  4. Sir Yuga, What case are you using for your SGN and how much was the damage? hehe. thanks!

  5. oops! you already answered it on the first comments page. pardon my ignorance. ;)

  6. Will the wifi-only version P6210 will be released in the Philippines?

  7. Will the wifi-only version P6210 be released in the Philippines?

  8. Samsung Galaxy Note is I think the latest craze on Samsung’s line of Android tablets.

  9. jcnjcjcnjc

    Love the Note, I think smartphone should have 4″+ to 5″+ screens, not the small screen like Iphone’s, even with higher resolution, it just make sense if you doing all the smartphone things in a bigger screen.

    For GTab 7.0 plus, I’ll wait for the GTab 7.7. Better specs and better screen, but higher price.

  10. arkigloria

    hi yuga
    I was fascinated with Galaxy note pen…. does galaxy tab have a siilar application.
    can you recommend what android app which i can download

  11. webspinner

    Is it true that one can use a capacitive-style stylus or pen on the Tab 7.0???

  12. Rommel

    Walang IR ang Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus namin from Globe under Unli 999. Why?


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