Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus vs Sony Tablet S

December 15, 2011
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Portability is one of the key factors that made Android tablets a big success. These book-like gadgets are pretty much everywhere nowadays. Almost every month we see makers release new tablets and upgraded models of existing ones. They can’t help it–these devices are selling like hotcakes.

Let’s take a look at two of the newcomers (relatively speaking) right now and we’ll see if these tablets are worth our money. We will take a peek at the Sony Tablet S and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. We will compare the two Android tablets side by side, so we can determine which one will outshine the other.

Form Factor

One of the common attributes of the Galaxy product line is the thin profile. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which has a thickness of 9.96 mm, is no exception to this. Sony, on the other hand, took a unique approach on the its tablet form factor. The wedge-like design, which is patterned after a folded magazine, makes the Sony Tablet S a thick tablet.

Samsung uses a 7-inch display screen, which makes the entire casing of the tablet smaller than the Sony counterpart, which houses a 9.4 inch screen.

Processor

These tablets are both packed with dual-core processors ensuring superb processing power. The Sony Tablet S is built with a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Samsung uses its 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor to run the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Both tablets are using 1 GB of RAM.

Running an app on these tablets is a breeze. Flipping from one home screen to the other is very fluid.

Display Screen

The Sony Tablet S sports a 9.4 inch HD display using Sony’s TruBlack technology. The smaller display of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a 7-inch WSVGA PLS screen.

When the two tablets are placed side by side, there’s really not much of a difference when it comes to the quality of the display screen. The colors are vibrant and crisp on both devices.

Software

The two tablets run Android 3.2 Honeycomb. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses Samsung Touchwiz UX as its custom UI. Sony also made some UI tweaks to the default Honeycomb UI, so the Sony Tablet S is not just using the stock Honeycomb UI.

All in all, the performance of the two tablets in the aspect of software is pretty good. Both devices handle apps neatly. Apps run smoothly with no issues.

Storage

The two tablets have similar options in this aspect. Both the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and the Sony Tablet S come with two variants–a 16 GB and a 32 GB model.

There will be a little difference in the way you can expand the storage on these devices. The tablet from Samsung uses a microSD card slot capable of handling up to 32 GB. The tablet from Sony uses a full-size SD card slot, which is still popular but is falling out of fashion.

Connectivity

It is already a standard for devices like these to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The tablets we are comparing do have both. The two have built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth technology.

One of the unique features found in these two tablets is the infrared transmitter. Infrared sensors were typically used in the past in mobile phones for transferring data. The main purpose of putting an IR transmitter onto these tablets is for them to become a remote control for your home entertainment system. Both tablets come with a remote control app that will enable users to control TV sets, DVD players, and many others.

Camera

Most of the time, tablets are not really built with good digital cameras and the two tablets we are comparing fall in the same category.

The tablet from Sony has a 5 MP back-facing camera and a front-facing VGA camera. The back-facing camera uses Sony’s Exmor technology, though this one does not have a LED flash.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus uses a 3 MP digital camera at the back and a 2 MP camera at the front. The camera at the back is capable of capturing 720p HD videos and it comes with a LED flash too.

Special Features

The Sony Tablet S is a PlayStation-certified device. This means that you can play PlayStation games on this tablet. In fact, Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes are preinstalled on the device. Sony also mentioned that it will be having more PlayStation games available in the future for the Tablet S.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is not just a tablet. It is also a phone. Like the original Galaxy Tab, you will be able to make phone calls on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

Price

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is cheaper than the Tablet S. The tablet from Samsung can be yours for US$400, while the one from Sony would cost you up to about US$500.

Conclusion

The pricier Sony tablet is not really offering that much to the table. You will indeed get a bigger screen with the Tablet S, but for a US$100 price difference, it might not be worth it for some. The approach Sony took on the Tablet S form factor is unique, but the entire tablet is just too thick. And, the ability to make phone calls on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is just a big advantage over Tablet S.

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus should win this match. For sure, in the near future, Sony can keep up. It’s just new in the tablet arena and look at what it’s doing with their Xperia smartphones. Great things are coming out of Sony, and soon enough we should see better tablets from it, as well.

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