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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.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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54 Responses

  1. Dk Sandimas says:

    First Comment! haha :D
    for me, Galaxy Note is out! Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is IN! :D

  2. daniel says:

    oo nga naman, mag Galaxy tab 7.0 nalang ako tapos bili ako ng isang smartphone….edi dalawa na gadget ko na may phone functionality! hahaha kesa galaxy note isa lng tapos ang mahal pa.

  3. techjunkeez says:

    I love the native SGT 7″ but I’m dying to have the 7.9″. But the 7 plus could make a nice handy buddy for a mobile guy like me.

  4. Yuga, we’re digging your Galaxy Note case. Where did you buy that?

    Anyway, we haven’t tried the Galaxy Tab 7″ yet but we’re pretty sure that it’s indeed an awesome device. Thanks to your review. 7″ screen though is quite big for a phone (just like the first Galaxy Tab P1000). The 5.3″ screen of the Galaxy Note is just perfect if you wish to have a phone + “almost-like-a-tablet” functionality in just one device.

    Thanks and may you all have a great new year ahead.

    • chris says:

      I also have that case. I got it for free with note.

      Back on topic: I’ll still dig the SGN. Despite the high price, i still want a phone and tab both in just 1 gadget.

    • Raul says:

      Me too! I’m digging that Note’s case! Where did you get that? What brand?

      The Note still wins for me, I can’t do without the s-pen now! And the high res super amoled is superb!

    • yuga says:

      It’s the MFit got from SG last month. Costs SG$80.

  5. arnold says:

    weight and size are two factors which made me bought the Note than the Tab 7 Plus. The Tab 7 Plus is too heavy. I think heavier than the original Tab 7.

    agree with gadgetpilipinas too – I love the Note’s “almost-like-a-tablet” functionality and portability.

  6. spiez says:

    hi yuga,

    why does it say sa iabng forums na may sms threaded view naman ang 7 plus?

  7. coachjojoc says:

    My wife likes her Note, running on Gingerbread.

    Honeycomb sucks. It does not allow you to move your files to the microsd card.

  8. quakercountry says:

    i’m really torn between these two.
    approx 10k difference is a lot, so i want to know if the NOTE is worth the extra 10k

  9. jorte says:

    cant compare the two device. note is still for the ones who wants a phone n tablet in one. Tab 7 is for those tablet luvrs who wants it small.

  10. Mansanas says:

    I’m also torn between these two when I wanted to buy a new phone. I really like the Note but the price is too high for Samsung’s first phone-tablet device. I’ll just probably wait for a Note 2 or something. haha. pretty sure it’ll arrive 1st half of this year.

  11. quakercountry says:

    any idea if we’ll get the version with the IR blaster?

  12. dude says:

    Ya you didn’t mention anything about the s-pen. If the 7 plus had an s-pen it would be twice the device, Like the note

  13. oyo says:

    the s.note functionality and its size is just right for me. i love reading e-books, e-comics, e-mags and play some games with it. i can send s-notes and pictures with doodles, personalize videos using its built inn app and s-pen before i upload to the net. as a music, video movie player and phone its ok. finally, i can tuck it away in my pocket comfortably. i personally think that a device bigger than this is difficult to conceive in a pocket and hold in one hand as a phone.
    note not tab plus for me. just for me i say.

  14. Galaxy note is worth every peso.

    I’ve had it almost one month now and i’m loving it. I can barely put it down, my PLDT ADSL went down last night and connected to the Galaxy note on 3G. I barely missed my ADSL and now I’m thinking why I spend 4k a month on PLDT???

  15. buloy says:

    hi yuga,

    what stores are offering these in the prices you mentioned? they’re really affordable.

    i just went by samsung’s store in sm north cyberzone today and they told me that they sell the 7.0 plus at 27k. that’s 4k more! i would really like to have the 7.0 at the cheapest possible price here in the Philippines…

    though i’m still torn between it and waiting for the 7.7’s super amoled plus display. :)

    • yuga says:

      The official SRP that was given by Samsung PH is Php23,999. Will ask them why it went up in their stores.

    • buloy says:

      I see. thanks! I was actually disappointed with their prices at the Samsung store. They sell the 10.1 for 35k, the 8.9 for 31k, and the 7.0 plus for 27k. Th prices noted here are way more reasonable when comparing to prices in the US.

  16. emignatius says:

    I got the white Galaxy Note and it’s gorgeous and I think the size is just perfect. I never really had any reason to buy a tablet before so when I saw the Galaxy Note I said to myself, I think now is the right time.

  17. Wil says:

    Sir Abe, where do you bought your leather casing for your note?

  18. H says:

    Do both of these devices have flash support? Due to rave reviews, I got myself a Nokia N9 but I was disappointed I couldn’t view flash-supported websites and videos. I couldn’t even read my Christmas ecards. I thought only iPhones have that problem. I already hate my iPad for that.

  19. JJ says:

    I hope they release the Samsung P6210 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Wifi here soon.. I heard it’s much cheaper than this SGT P6200 3G+Wifi

  20. Harley says:

    somebody please tell me, is SGN white already in smart’s store? Is it still free at unli data 2k plan? want to grab the white one on plan..

  21. Phillip says:

    I thought this was the AMOLED version already, forgot it was 7.7 inch. I’ll just wait for that one — super AMOLED beauty plus a bigger screen than the note!

    • spiez says:

      7.7 was released in the US na right? parang walang plan irelease dito

    • buloy says:

      Ang alam ko hindi pa sya released kahit sa US. A lot of people waiting for it though. Magiging outdated kaagad yung display ng 7.0 plus pag labas ng 7.7, better display and higher resolution.

  22. jj says:

    loving my samsung galaxy tab 7.0 + 3g bought it a couple of days ago…super like it

  23. metre9dmt says:

    While I do admire Samsung providing products at different price points, current (not only those from Samsung) tablets and smartphones seems to be out of reach for most Filipino consumers. Methinks that the price tipping point is PhP 5,000 for smartphones and PhP 10,000 for tablets. When can we have working tablets and smartphones that have quality and affordability written in it.What happen to DOST’s tablet computer initiative or the e-Rizal tablet? Are these local initiatives fantasies or real initiatives?

  24. spiez says:

    hi yuga,

    any idea when will the 7.7 be available here?

  25. wreek888 says:

    I like the original gtab and decided to keep it. I want to buy the note but decided to save money for the coming SGS3. a quad core 5inc plus would be more faster.

  26. Jail the Arroyos says:

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

    • JIm says:

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

    • Jim Lim says:

      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!

    • Jim says:

      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 says:

      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…

    • Moor says:

      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.

    • Jim says:

      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.

  27. Mariz says:

    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. ;)

  28. Quakercountry says:

    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?

  29. geo77 says:

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

  30. geo77 says:

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

  31. JL says:

    Will the wifi-only version P6210 will be released in the Philippines? http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/GT-P6210MAYXAR

  32. JL says:

    Will the wifi-only version P6210 be released in the Philippines? http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/GT-P6210MAYXAR

  33. Dippin Slash says:

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

  34. jcnjcjcnjc says:

    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.

  35. arkigloria says:

    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

  36. webspinner says:

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

  37. Rommel says:

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

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