Samsung has been trying to beat the likes of Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Apple’s iPad Pro when it comes to producing the best Tabs/Pads in the gadgets space. A lot of improvements have been added so far, from its functionality, quality, features, to the portability. Last year was good, this year is better, next year could be much more better. Last year’s model has a lot of improvements, but this year seems to be better than its predecessor.
This year, Samsung is offering it’s 2020 iPad models at a cheaper rate despite the added upgrades. The two iPads have different size ranges, the 11-inchTab S7, and the 12.4-inch Tab S7 plus. To be a strong competitor to Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro, the Tab S7 starts at a selling price of N257,000 ($649), while the Tab S7 Plus grabs a N323,000 ($849) price tag. For those prices, Samsung still sticking with its Android-based approach but comes with quad-speaker systems, high refresh rate displays, high-end system processors, and optional 5G connectivity. Both of the iPads come with additional Samsung’s S Pen stylus, with other optional keyboards.
To get right to the point, I can proudly tell you that the Tab 7 pair has really improved a lot in terms of hardware. The display is the first thing that captured my eyes when I opened the two tablets. The 12.4-inch Tab S7 plus has an AMOLED touchscreen while the 11-inch S7 has LCD display that’s bright, crisp, and toppled with 120Hz refresh rates to make the interaction smoother and more convenient.
The only problem you might encounter with this tablet’s screen is that the displays have both 16:10 ratios, making it a little bit smaller than their counterparts. But this won’t be a problem when watching movies, but when it gets to work done like playing games, or reading that requires a high portrait, the Tab S7 models might be poky. However, the good news is that you can manage to hold the Tab S7 in portrait mode for gaming, surfing online, or reading, but that won’t be possible on the Tab S7 Plus.
Aside from that, the rest of the Tab models are well taken care of. With some rounded borders around the screen, a matte aluminum finishing squared offsides, and sharp-edged corners making it the best for that price tag. And to say more, nobody can deny the fact that the Tab S7 (2020) models are extremely gorgeous.
Unfortunately, the S7 differ on their biometric unlocking features. The Tab S7 comes with a fingerprint scanner on the power button, which works super fast and always reliable, while the Tab S7 Plus grabs Samsung’s high-end smartphone’s in-screen scanner. Good to say, we experienced no issue while accessing the biometric security systems.
On the back of the tablets, you’ll find a point-hole housing the 13MP ultra-wide camera lens. They’re fine, and Samsung really did well by adding a LED flash for night photos or scanning a document that is really missing from the Tab S6.
Inside the boxes, you’ll find an attached keyboard that will be available only if you pay for it. It allows you to use the S7 or S7 Plus in place of a laptop. The keyboards are basically flexible, and at the back, you’ll notice a kingstand for watching videos, typing, or drawing with your tablet. The keypad has good feelings and can attract you even when you don’t feel like using them. I’m not an artist, but the included S Pen Stylus is much easier to draw and write with than using the touchscreen feature. Unfortunately, for you to access it, you’ll have to pay an additional N49,000 ($129) just like Apple’s iPad Pro.
There’s no holding back in the power, and performances of this tablet. The two devices both have Qualcomm’s greatest Snapdragon 865 Plus Processor, a 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage space, with an option for 1000GB micro SD card. During our testing, none of the devices showed any itch or misconduct, even when bouncing through series of multiple apps, charting with my classmates, online, and listening to my favorite Celine Dion’s Titanic music.
The Tab S7 models ditches in a 10-hours or more battery life after charge. However, when doing heavy workstations, the battery might stay less than 9-hours, which really sets it back in terms of battery. To save you much time while charging the device, Samsung integrated a 45-watts fast charger, making you not to spend much time while charging this ever-reliable tablets.