Samsung Galaxy Note vs Galaxy Tab 7 Plus | Speed, Performance and Features | Full Spec Compared
Samsung is a manufacturer that is equally reputed in both smartphone and tablet markets. It is only fair to state that they produce state of the art devices that are while innovative and eye catching, merged with cutting-edge hardware and software. Samsung Galaxy has been a trademark for a range of mobile devices starting from smartphones to tablets. What we are trying to compare here is actually a device that is in the middle of a smartphone and a tablet and an original tablet. Why we tend to say the device is in between a smartphone and a tablet is, owing to the size of its extraordinary screen. The thing is that it’s not the only different device. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus is also a step taken by Samsung to come up with out of the box tablets, where they initiated a line of 7 inch tablets, which is actively been pursued by many manufacturers now. The first Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, which was released almost a year back, was not that much of a popular choice due to some reasons we’ll disclose later in the article. However, we can say that Samsung has identified those shortcomings and tried to remedy them, as much as possible, with their new outcome, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. The Galaxy Note also might be one of Samsung’s experiments in determining the ideal screen size, and perhaps, those who love to have a smartphone with a huge screen will be instantly in love with this beauty. But we can assure you that it won’t have a wide market in the current turbulence since the trend is at a turning point. That been said, we actually need to inspect these two devices inch by inch to give our verdict and let’s get over with it.
Samsung Galaxy Note
This beast of a phone in an enormous cover is just waiting to burst with its radiant power inside. At the first glance, you may wonder whether it’s a smartphone, for it scores 146.9 x 83 mm in dimensions. But this is as thick as Galaxy S II, scoring a mere 9.7mm and weighing 178g, which is quite hefty for a mobile phone while extra lighter for a tablet. The specialty of the Galaxy Note starts with the 5.3 inches HD Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen that comes in either Black or White flavored cover. It has a super resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 285ppi. These are not just numbers, to start with, my first PC monitor only supported up to a resolution of 480 x 640 pixels; and that was a big monitor. Now you have the true HD resolution in a 5.3 inches screen, and with the high pixel density it has, the screen guarantees to reproduce crystal clear images and crisp text that you can read even in the broad daylight. Not only that, but it also comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass reinforcement making the screen scratch resistant. Galaxy Note also introduces S Pen Stylus. It is simply a great addition if you have to take notes or even use your digital signature from your device.
Screen is not the only aspect for greatness in Galaxy Note. It comes with 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of Samsung Exynos chipset. It is backed up by a 1GB RAM and the whole set up runs on Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread. Even at a glance, this can be seen as a state of the art device with cutting edge specifications. In depth benchmarks have proved that heuristic assumption even better than we had anticipated. There is one shortcoming, which is the OS. We’d rather prefer if it is Android v4.0 IceCreamSandwich, but then, Samsung will be graceful enough to grant this magnificent mobile with an OS upgrade. It comes in either 16GB or 32GB storages while giving the option to expand using a microSD card.
Samsung hasn’t forgot the camera either for Galaxy Note comes with 8MP camera with LED flash and autofocus along with some additional features like touch focus, image stabilization and Geo-tagging with A-GPS. The camera can also capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second. It also has a 2MP front facing camera bundled with Bluetooth v3.0 for the delight of video callers. The Galaxy Note is ultra-fast in every context. It even features LTE 700 network connectivity for high speed internet along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n for continuous connectivity. It also facilitates to act as a wi-fi hotspot and the built-in DLNA enables you to stream rich media content to your big screen wirelessly. It also comes with a new set of sensors like Barometer sensor beside the normal accelerometer, proximity and Gyro sensors. It also has Near Field Communication support which is a great value addition. The best part of the Galaxy Note is the fact that it promises a talk time of 26 hours, yes you read it correct, 26 hours, which is really awesome for a battery of 2500mAh.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
A year back, Samsung released the original Galaxy Tab 7 that resembles the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus in many ways. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that much of a success due to certain reasons like the weight, the OS and the price tag it came with. Samsung has made sure that it has compensated these key fallbacks in Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. It’s been offered for a price of $400 and has the tablet friendly OS Android v3.2 Honeycomb. It has also made it lighter and smaller. Galaxy Tab 7 Plus comes with a Metallic Gray color and is intended to be used in the portrait orientation. It has a pleasing look, and you can hold the tablet in one hand and comfortably use it. Galaxy Tab 7 Plus scores 193.7 x 122.4 mm and a thickness of 9.9mm, which is quite good. It only weighs 345g, and beats the rest of the tablets in the range.
Galaxy Tab 7 Plus features a 7.0 inch PLS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors. It has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and a pixel density of 170ppi. While the resolution could have been better, the screen is actually a pleasant combination by Samsung, which tolerates even extreme viewing angles. It comes with a 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos dual core processor paired with a 1GB RAM that gives quite the turbulent performance to the tablet. The tablet friendlier Android v3.2 Honeycomb binds the hardware together to yield a great user experience. It comes in two storage capacities of 16 and 32GB. The option to expand the memory by using a microSD card slot is also an important factor. Rather surprisingly, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus only comes with a 3.15MP camera that has LED flash and autofocus. It has Geo-tagging with Assisted GPS as well as 720p HD video capturing, which are acceptable. To the delight of the video call fans, it comes with a 2MP camera in the front, as well. The fallback is that, this is really not a mobile phone and the version we are discussing doesn’t feature GSM connectivity. So in order to use that, we need the use of Skype or such kind of software over Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n. It can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, which can come in handy. The Bluetooth v3.0 connectivity is a state of the art and is much appreciated.
Been an Android device, it comes with all the generic Android applications and some modification is added to the user interface by Samsung featuring their TouchWizUx UI. It has accelerometer sensor, Gyro sensor, proximity sensor as well as a digital compass. Galaxy Tab 7 Plus has a 4000mAh battery, which promises a life of 8 hours on moderate usage. While 8 hours seems a bit less, comparing to the similar tablets, rather it’s a good score.
A Brief Comparison of Samsung Galaxy Note vs Galaxy Tab 7 Plus
• Samsung Galaxy Note comes with a 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of Samsung Exynos chipset while Galaxy Tab 7 Plus comes with a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor.
• While Samsung Galaxy Note has a 5.3 inches HD Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen, featuring a resolution of 1280 x 800 and 285 ppi, Galaxy Tab 7 Plus features a 7 inch PLS LCD Capactive touchscreen, with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and 170ppi.
• Samsung Galaxy Note is a smartphone with LTE 700 connectivity for high speed internet while Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus only comes with HSDPA connectivity.
• Samsung Galaxy Note has a 8MP camera that can capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second, whereas Galaxy Tab 7 Plus has a 3.15MP camera that can only record 720p videos at 30fps.
• Samsung Galaxy Note runs with Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread while Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus runs with Android v3.2 Honeycomb.
• Samsung Galaxy Note has some additional sensors like Barometer and comes with a S Pen Stylus while Samsung Galaxy tab 7 Plus only has the standard sensors.
This comparison isn’t actually going to result in a conclusion since these two devices are two kinds of devices and serves different needs and wants. However, we can easily establish the best device between two in terms of performance aspect, Galaxy Note. It simply excels in CPU power and has a higher resolution and a crystal clear screen. But the issue is, it’s still a smartphone, not a tablet. Therefore, if you’re looking for a tablet, Samsung Galaxy Note isn’t going to be your choice. Then again, if you can compromise and make up your mind to settle for a high end smartphone with a sufficiently large screen, Galaxy Note would be an ideal choice. It indeed is a great choice for business personals because it also comes with a S Pen stylus, which will come in handy when you have to make quick notes and use your signature on the device. The probable cause of discomfort is the associated price tag of Samsung Galaxy Note, which is really high. Thus, considering all these facts, and of course depending on your requirements, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus would be your ideal lightweight tablet while Samsung Galaxy Note would be your ideal handheld device with the biggest screen you’d have in a smartphone.
I own both 🙂