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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review: the best tablet with premise


Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

Eric Chan / Engadget

A global pandemic has completely changed the way people work and study, and it has made the tablet computer, which was rarely used in the past, important. Long endurance, large screen, and support with pens allow employees and students to have a better transition and even improve efficiency. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ combined with the above features can be said to be one of the best choices in the market, with bright specifications and complete support. But what’s the story after actually using it? The editor will now share with you.

The visible part

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is one of the few on the marketFlagship tablet, So it’s not surprising that its appearance is also reflected. The all-metal body, rounded corners and square sides of the middle frame are added with hair lines, and there is a characteristic glass straight bar behind the machine. That is to say, although the corner part looks like an iPad Pro at first glance, the Tab S7+ with the 16:10 ratio is also unique when the screen is zoomed out.

When most of today’s tablet computers are used in landscape orientation, Samsung finally thought of putting the video camera on the long side so that we would not block the camera when holding the machine, and we can “not squint” during video conferences. At the same time, the four-speaker array of the Tab S7+ is placed on the short side of the middle frame, and the volume is very high. Combined with Dolby Atmos, it gives a quite enveloping stereo effect. It’s a pity that Tab S7+, like flagship phones, does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, forcing everyone to use wireless headphones. The mobile phone still lacks available space as an excuse, but the tablet computer seems a bit unreasonable.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

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One of the selling points of Galaxy Tab S7+ this time is the 12.4-inch Super AMOLED screen that supports 120Hz high refresh rate. This is a high-quality screen. The high resolution of 2,800×1,752 gives a very fine picture, with sufficient brightness and bright colors. It has a good three-dimensional effect when watching YouTube and Netflix, and it also supports HDR display. , So the film and television part has a very good performance. An under-screen fingerprint reader is placed on the part of the screen near the USB-C port, which is convenient to use, and faces can also be used for unlocking.

In the action fluency section of the setting page, the options are only 120Hz high refresh rate and 60Hz standard refresh rate, so it is probably a high fluency display in the whole area. It will not need to reduce the screen resolution like the mobile phone version, or Like Note 20 Ultra, it has an adaptive refresh rate. This is probably because Tab S7+ has enough 10,090mAh battery backing, so there is no need for related restrictions.

Internal hardware specifications

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

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It will be said that Tab S7+ is a flagship tablet, because it uses Qualcomm’s highest-end Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, with 8GB RAM + 256GB storage space, so there is no fault in the core specifications. Therefore, it is not too stressful to display multiple apps and multitasking on this big screen. After all, everyone expects Tab S7+ to be able to cope with this kind of workload.

As the flagship machine, the camera is also a dual camera group, the rear main camera is composed of a 13MP wide-angle camera and a 5MP ultra-wide-angle camera, which can cope with general shooting and recording purposes. The front 8MP camera is placed on the long side of the frame as mentioned above, so that the line of sight during video conferences will become more natural.

The I/O part only has a single USB-C port, which supports the specifications of USB 3.2 Gen 1 and also has OTG, so card readers and external devices can be connected and used, which is considered to have a certain expansion power. When placed horizontally, it will be regarded as the long side of the bottom, there are POGO contacts, which can be connected to the exclusive keyboard accessories.

Keyboard group that brings notebook-like experience

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

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This time I can borrow a complete set of Tab S7+, that is, in addition to the tablet and the accompanying S Pen, there is also the original keyboard protective cover. This time Samsung separated the protective cover in two halves-the keyboard and the back cover, which gave users greater flexibility in use. At the same time, it also believed that it would reduce maintenance difficulties, because which part is broken can be replaced.

The surface of the protective cover has an imitation leather texture, and it has a certain degree of hardness to protect the body. The keyboard part is an island-style design of keys with obvious and flexible key travel. At the same time, thanks to the larger body of Tab S7+, the keys have enough area and the overall hitting feel is good. For example, users who often have mixed Chinese and English typing can make good use of independent language keys to switch with one key, not necessarily using the system default key combination.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

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The area of ​​the touchpad part is also very sufficient, with a small palm width, and a certain height (higher than the Magic Keyboard of the iPad Pro), so it is very comfortable when moving the mouse. Samsung has also added multi-finger gesture operations to this touchpad-two-finger scrolling, three-finger / four-finger up is a multitasking page, three-finger close is the homepage, and three-finger swipe left and right is to switch apps. Kind of like Windows 10. Especially the elements of file manager and multi-window display make DeX mode give users a PC-like feeling.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

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In other words, the interface of Samsung DeX is very similar to Windows 10, especially the status bar at the bottom. Therefore, everyone should regard Tab S7+ as a replacement for Windows machines, and I believe the learning cost will not be too high.

It’s a pity that my TV is not compatible with the latest wireless DeX mode, so I can’t try it. However, according to Samsung’s demonstration, the purpose is also to make the device a remote control. The TV is the function of the projection. The method is the same as the wired method. It feels that it will be used only when reporting. As far as this is not a high probability of use, everyone should just look at the Tab S7+ screen directly. However, if students and wage earners find that there is a supporting TV in the place where they want to report, they can also try it.

Software function

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Since Tab S7+ is the productivity-oriented Tab S7+, the system naturally has tools that can help users process documents, and the most important thing they will use is Samsung Notes. The strongest upgrade of Samsung Notes this time is that it can be exported into .docx and .pdf files, so that friends who do not subscribe to Office 365 can also produce files that meet the needs of the company. As for the viewing part, through the pre-loaded Microsoft Office, this originally a bit tasteless cooperation has become a function that users can also enjoy. In addition, this function of the built-in tape recorder is also very practical. For friends with low copy speed, this is an extra way of backup and can also be used as a check.And the contents of Samsung Notes are all OKSave to cloud, Let the user switch to the computer or other Galaxy phones to continue writing.

Samsung has pre-loaded three recommended authoring tools in Tab S7+, one is probably used to display the more powerful Noteshelf notebook application of Samsung Notes (the function is really weak, the more special is only the graffiti that supports S Pen, but it is missing Translate text, export other specifications, etc.); one is Canva, which is very suitable for social editors to quickly create beautiful posts. There are a large number of social media graphic templates built in, and there are also templates for reports, printed materials, resumes, etc., simple For example, it is an image design tool such as Adobe InDesign. Of course, the function is relatively big. Only the materials can be cut and pasted, but it is enough for general reports and homework.

The last one is from Japan Clip Studio, This was originally a drawing tool for Windows, Mac, and iOS, and I talked to Samsung about an Android exclusive listing. The editor who has worse painting skills than kindergarten students didn’t try it, but when I browsed the official website, I found that this is a professional tool for painters. In addition to the rich material library, there is also social networking for display and sharing. Friends who have advanced painting needs have probably heard of this tool for a long time. The good news of Tab S7+ this time is a free 6-month subscription service, which is more generous than other platforms up to 3 months!

S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

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Connecting the past, this paragraph is about S Pen. Compared with other brands of tablet computers, the biggest selling point of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series is to carry a pen. Consumers do not need to spend extra money to buy it, and the entire image of the tablet with a pen comes out. And this pen has improved year after year. After the brush strokes have caught up with professional brushes, this time it is to add fancy features.

Samsung added a more comprehensive Air Action suspension operation to the Galaxy Tab S7 series and Note 20 series S Pens, which means that the S Pen is swung like a “magic wand”, and the machine will have different corresponding actions. As I said in the previous hands-on play, on the Tab S7+ with a large screen, this gesture operation is relatively practical, because only the screen is large enough to move the device far away, then this remote control-like use method will be useful The place of war.

The storage of the stylus has always been a problem in machine design.Tab S6 SI thought of digging a groove on the back of the machine to half-hid the S Pen. When I came to the S7 series, I filled it up, leaving only the magnetic design. However, the glass material is used for the part where the S Pen is placed, which is more design and enhances the texture. It’s just that if you put it on the back of the device like this, if an error in the S Pen is removed, the user will not find it immediately. So if you have a very common S Pen, remember to buy the original protective sleeve to cover the pen properly.

Play games?

Playing games on this high-fluency big screen is probably a very cool experience, right? Unfortunately, this is not true in the Android system. The display effect is one thing, but the operability is very limited. Galaxy Tab S7+ is a lightweight tablet, but it also comes to 575g. Does it require players to hold such a weight in both hands to “eat chicken” and push their fingers apart to press countless buttons?

There are some gamepads specifically for mobile devices, but Android’s support is not as good as iOS’s, unlike the latter which is compatible with “all” games. If you happen to be playing games that support controllers, such as “NBA 2K Mobile”, “Shadowgun Legends”, “Impom”, etc., then congratulations for having a more refreshing large-screen, high-refresh gaming experience, otherwise It’s better to go back to the phone. However, if the handle has the function to modify the corresponding position of the button by itself, it can be fun. Does anyone push it?

to sum up

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

Eric Chan / Engadget

Samsung’s hard work on high-end tablet computers has reaped the harvest due to a pandemic that changed the habit of mankind’s handling of paperwork, calling everyone to refocus their attention on Android tablets. The powerful hardware specifications allow the Galaxy Tab S7+ to cope with computer-level usage; the attributes of S Pen, keyboard, and DeX mode allow the machine to better respond to users’ different input preferences, that is, human-computer interaction; the latest version of Samsung Notes You can directly export mainstream document specifications (more convenient if you subscribe to Office 365), plus various functions of handwriting to text and straightening graphics. It is a more versatile note-taking tool.

Therefore, whether the laptop can be completely replaced by an Android tablet, the key is whether the user’s needs can really be fulfilled through a mobile device. In general paper processing work, a lot of technology giants are actually trying to make the mobile system and the desktop system in line, and even move the platform to the cloud (such as G Suite). If your work and study environment has such support and the depth of your wallet is enough, Galaxy Tab S7+ can be said to be the best choice in the Android camp. Otherwise, I might just go back and buy a traditional laptop.