11-11-2011 12:18 AM
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  1. Wildo6882's Avatar
    I'm looking to swap out my 10.1 GTab for a smaller GTab, so I'm looking at the 8.9 or 7.0 Plus. I read on TechnoBuffalo that the 7.0 Plus had a microSD slot. If this is the case, it might be the winner.

    Does anyone have any clue as to the truth to the microSD on the 7.0 Plus?

    Also, I know the screen res is a little lower on the 7.0 Plus as compared to the 8.9. But is that going to matter, being that it is nearly 2 inches smaller?

    Just wondering anyone's opinions on this, as I'm not an expert on screen res.

    Thanks!
    10-24-2011 12:58 PM
  2. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Well, I checked Samsung's website, and it looks like it DOES include a microSD slot. Which is exellent news. Really makes me want to consider this over the Fire.

    I'm still curious about the screen, as it's not quite the resolution of the 8.9 or 10.1, but could still be pretty adequate as it is the same as the Fire (resolution-wise - 1024x600). If anyone has some opinions, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
    10-25-2011 02:04 PM
  3. volwrath's Avatar
    My opinion is 1024x600 is a great screen resolution for a 7" tab. My nook color looked awesome, and I have this sucka on order at amazon now
    10-26-2011 07:47 PM
  4. Wildo6882's Avatar
    My opinion is 1024x600 is a great screen resolution for a 7" tab. My nook color looked awesome, and I have this sucka on order at amazon now
    Yeah, I'm still trying to find out if I want to get this one or the Fire. I just switched back to the Android world and traded my iPhone for a Bionic, so I'm not sure if I want a different tablet experience than my phone - meaning, I'm not sure I just want a bigger version of my phone or if I want a tablet that's different than what I have.
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    10-29-2011 12:16 PM
  5. volwrath's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm still trying to find out if I want to get this one or the Fire. I just switched back to the Android world and traded my iPhone for a Bionic, so I'm not sure if I want a different tablet experience than my phone - meaning, I'm not sure I just want a bigger version of my phone or if I want a tablet that's different than what I have.
    I just got a message from amazon that it should arrive 11/2. I dont know if that means at amazon or here at home. This thing is going to be so much more versatile than the fire. Bluetooth, front and back cams, gps. The choice was clear for me, and I had same dilemma, well except this is twice as much as fire!
    10-31-2011 07:35 PM
  6. Wildo6882's Avatar
    I just got a message from amazon that it should arrive 11/2. I dont know if that means at amazon or here at home. This thing is going to be so much more versatile than the fire. Bluetooth, front and back cams, gps. The choice was clear for me, and I had same dilemma, well except this is twice as much as fire!
    Yeah, I agree 100% that it's much more versatile, but the price really got me to the Fire. Plus I looked at the reasons I wanted a tablet, and honestly the Fire fit the bill.
    10-31-2011 09:53 PM
  7. volwrath's Avatar
    Yeah, I agree 100% that it's much more versatile, but the price really got me to the Fire. Plus I looked at the reasons I wanted a tablet, and honestly the Fire fit the bill.
    I got it today. Its very nice and speedy.
    11-02-2011 08:54 PM
  8. Wildo6882's Avatar
    I got it today. Its very nice and speedy.
    Wow! Didn't they say it wasn't supposed to be out until Nov. 13th? it says that it's available for shipping at Amazon.

    What's your overall take on it? I'm still a bit on the fence. But all these Prime movies, tv shows, books are really leaning me to the Fire.
    11-03-2011 09:24 AM
  9. garyd's Avatar
    I got it today. Its very nice and speedy.
    A question that's come up often: Does it have a GPS? (The official specs on press releases only indicate "A-GPS")

    Thanks
    Gary
    11-03-2011 09:24 AM
  10. volwrath's Avatar
    Wow! Didn't they say it wasn't supposed to be out until Nov. 13th? it says that it's available for shipping at Amazon.

    What's your overall take on it? I'm still a bit on the fence. But all these Prime movies, tv shows, books are really leaning me to the Fire.
    I think Im really going to like it. Its so fast, screen looks very nice, and you can watch the prime movies and shows with flash, although this new prime book deal requires a kindle device that I no longer have

    The question is: is it worth twice as much as a Fire, and I would almost have to answer no. Having voice, bluetooth and GPS could come in handy though. I think the ips screen of the fire may be better. Engadget confirms that it has the exynos processor.


    A question that's come up often: Does it have a GPS? (The official specs on press releases only indicate "A-GPS")

    Thanks
    Gary
    It appears to have a gps as it locked on without a wifi signal
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    11-03-2011 02:20 PM
  11. Wildo6882's Avatar
    The question is: is it worth twice as much as a Fire, and I would almost have to answer no.
    This is what gets me. I think the 7.0 Plus looks incredible, and is just what I want. But I don't think it's worth $200 on top of the Fire. If it was $300 for the 16gb, it would be a no brainer. Or if the Fire was $300 and the Plus was still $400, I think I would still go Plus. But with the Fire being $200, and for what I really want it for (books, magazines, movies, tv shows, a few apps, and email) the Fire at half the price still looks like the winner.

    Thanks for your input.
    11-03-2011 02:41 PM
  12. garyd's Avatar
    It appears to have a gps as it locked on without a wifi signal
    Thank you very much for confirming that for me. Mine should be showing up at my door tomorrow.
    11-03-2011 03:09 PM
  13. garyd's Avatar
    This is what gets me. I think the 7.0 Plus looks incredible, and is just what I want. But I don't think it's worth $200 on top of the Fire. If it was $300 for the 16gb, it would be a no brainer. Or if the Fire was $300 and the Plus was still $400, I think I would still go Plus. But with the Fire being $200, and for what I really want it for (books, magazines, movies, tv shows, a few apps, and email) the Fire at half the price still looks like the winner.
    Keep in mind the limited storage space of the Fire. Only 8GB, and no way to use any type of memory card. The tab plus gives you 16GB, plus a TF slot in case you want even more (for storing lots of movies, TV Shows, books, etc.)

    Of course, depending on what you'll be using it for, that might not matter much. For $200 more, you get:

    • GPS
    • Bluetooth
    • 8GB extra storage
    • expandable storage via transflash (micro SD)
    • Full andriod market (instead of limited amazon market)
    • 802.11a/n GHz (in addition to 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n)
    • infrared (in case you want toturn the volume down on the TV while supposedly just reading an
      ebook)


    I only hope my experience with the 7" GT Plus turns out better than my 10.1 experience was (lots of lockups on one, and another that just completely died.)

    Take care
    Gary
    11-03-2011 03:19 PM
  14. pb_j's Avatar
    Mine will be here tomorrow too.

    I did have a Fire on order but changed my mind after researching the Plus. I think the Fire is a great product but I don't consume media on their website and don't pay for prime to get all the extras. To me that $199 price ends up being more once including the annual prime membership plus music and books. Also 6GB is not enough space on the device.
    11-03-2011 03:38 PM
  15. volwrath's Avatar
    Keep in mind the limited storage space of the Fire. Only 8GB, and no way to use any type of memory card. The tab plus gives you 16GB, plus a TF slot in case you want even more (for storing lots of movies, TV Shows, books, etc.)

    Of course, depending on what you'll be using it for, that might not matter much. For $200 more, you get:

    • GPS
    • Bluetooth
    • 8GB extra storage
    • expandable storage via transflash (micro SD)
    • Full andriod market (instead of limited amazon market)
    • 802.11a/n GHz (in addition to 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n)
    • infrared (in case you want toturn the volume down on the TV while supposedly just reading an
      ebook)


    I only hope my experience with the 7" GT Plus turns out better than my 10.1 experience was (lots of lockups on one, and another that just completely died.)
    One other thing is that Anandtech confirmed that it was running the exynos processor not the tegra2. I think that is a huge win! I'm a little worried about battery life though. Glad other people have them on the way, Im getting lonely
    11-03-2011 05:41 PM
  16. KoukiFC3S's Avatar
    I just ordered mine.

    The exynos is what made me pick the Plus over the Fire.

    I hope we get ICS soon though!
    11-03-2011 06:01 PM
  17. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Dammit guys, you're really making me rethink my Fire decision. It's just so hard to tell which one would be better suited for me when the Fire isn't out, and the 7.0 just really came out today. Plus, my family has informed me they'll get me a Fire for the holidays, but if I want anything more expensive, I'm ponying up the difference.
    11-03-2011 10:27 PM
  18. volwrath's Avatar
    I really like this tablet. I need a good case for this thing though. I want Bluetooth and gps so fire is out. I hope we get some development help soon, cause I need root for adhoc support. I'm also running some battery tests, but it seems to be in he 6-8 hour range.
    Sent from my SPH-D710 using Tapatalk
    11-04-2011 11:22 AM
  19. hexbyte's Avatar
    Just got mine today... Nice look and feel. Matches my Galaxy S2 phone
    Still playing with it as we speak. Having no trouble setting it up so far. Need to find a good case for it now...
    11-04-2011 02:03 PM
  20. Wildo6882's Avatar
    I'm still up in the air...been looking at both all day. They both have something I want. I'd definitely appreciate some more info on the 7.0 Plus as you guys use it a little more.
    11-04-2011 03:05 PM
  21. garyd's Avatar
    I'm still up in the air...been looking at both all day. They both have something I want. I'd definitely appreciate some more info on the 7.0 Plus as you guys use it a little more.
    It's a very nice tablet. Compared to the Acer A100 tablet (the only other 7" I've used), the battery life and screen are better. The GPS seems to work better as well. The bluetooth actually supports tethering to another device for hotspot access (which should use less power than wifi hotspotting.)

    However, it also has some issues, #1 being the amount of bloatware on this thing.

    It appears that there are at least 5 different pre-loaded applications that can play mp3 files, at least 2 for buying videos (and another for just watching them), 3 for reading ebooks, and I'm starting to wonder if Samsung is being paid off by facebook and twitter with the amount of "social networking" on here. I have no idea why they don't just let people download what they want instead of FORCING us to waste storage space with it.

    Then there is touchwiz. My own opinion of TouchWiz is that it's still not ready for primetime. The applets in their little "drawer" are too primitive and there's no way to change them. There's also no way to get rid of that silly button that takes a screen shot (and in just a few hours playing with the tablet, I've already accidentally taken about a dozen screenshots - very annoying.)

    Finally, Samsung likes to take liberties with some of the "built in" application on an android tablet. Expect a different look and feel to the built in mail and web browser applications.

    If you can live with touchWiz and a few other android changes, it's a great tablet. If not, look elsewhere. The bloatware can be dealt with after the tablet is rooted.

    (I wonder if there will ever be a hacked "non-touchwiz" firmware appearing...)

    Take care
    Gary
    11-04-2011 08:55 PM
  22. volwrath's Avatar

    Then there is touchwiz. My own opinion of TouchWiz is that it's still not ready for primetime. The applets in their little "drawer" are too primitive and there's no way to change them. There's also no way to get rid of that silly button that takes a screen shot (and in just a few hours playing with the tablet, I've already accidentally taken about a dozen screenshots - very annoying.)
    I agree. I hate touchwiz! Hated it on my phone as well. I'm going to try adw.ex today. Supposedly it will install. And the screenshot button is ridiculous. The buttons are too close together and sometimes I hit the multitask menu instead of going home. If we could get rid of screenshot I think it would space out much better.

    If you can live with touchWiz and a few other android changes, it's a great tablet. If not, look elsewhere. The bloatware can be dealt with after the tablet is rooted.
    Getting ready to attempt to root here in a minute.
    11-05-2011 09:55 AM
  23. micah_lane2001's Avatar
    Has anyone put a sim card in it and tried out the phone functions yet?
    11-05-2011 08:26 PM
  24. garyd's Avatar
    I'm going to try adw.ex today. Supposedly it will install.
    How did things work out with ADW Ex? How much of "touchwiz" will that get rid of? (in particular, does it get rid of that stupid screenshot button?)


    Thanks
    Gary
    11-06-2011 11:46 AM
  25. volwrath's Avatar
    To be honest I have not tried it out yet. I will do it here in a bit although I doubt it helps the snapshot issue.

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    11-06-2011 05:08 PM
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