Tablet or a smartphone? When it came to choosing a high-end, do-it-all mobile gadget, the answer used to be simple, and it remained this way, till tablets came along. Now looking at the way the competition is shaping up, we believe that it’s only going to get a lot more complicated and chaotic. Once we enter February, which is when the whole tech community awaits this year's highly anticipated Mobile World Congress (MWC), we should see the battle heating up. But that’s then and this is now, so let’s check out which latest tablet is adding to this dilemma.
A handsome chap
Samsung entered the tablet space with the Galaxy Tab P1000, back in the October of 2010. But it didn’t have an easy childhood. It was a bit bulky, glitchy, due to Froyo and simply too expensive to even consider, especially when you had the iPad selling for around the same price. What we did like about it, though was the form factor, 7-inch is the perfect size for carrying around or holding in your hand and today we have the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 620 or 7.0 Plus (in international markets), a successor to the not so successful Tab P1000.
On video: Samsung Galaxy Tab 620
Design and Build
The Tab 620 borrows a lot of its features from its elder siblings - the Tab 750 and 730. The chunkiness of the old one has been shaved down for a more streamlined and curvy design. It’s slimmer at 9.9mm and lighter as well, at just 345g. In order to achieve this, Samsung have used a lot of plastic for the chassis, but despite this, it feels sturdy and durable. There aren’t any creaking parts and everything feels put together well. The power and volume rocker has been placed on the right, while the SIM and microSD card is placed on the left.
What was wrong with a microUSB port? Seriously?
Quite frankly, we hate the proprietary charging/data port, since it means you have to be extra careful with the bundled cable. The connector looks very similar to Apple’s connector and here we thought they were trying to avoid any more lawsuits. The stereo speakers are placed at the bottom, but they aren’t very loud. Also, when viewing videos in landscape mode, you don’t get the left-right stereo effect.
Slim and light, just the way we like it
A familiar looking interface greets us when you power it on. The first boot takes a while, but after that, the boot-up time is quite less, however, it is still not as quick as the Flyer. This is the only 7-inch tablet in the Indian market right now that runs Honeycomb (v3.2) and while we are not big fans of this tablet OS, it seems to suit a smaller screen better. For first time, we didn’t mind that the shortcut access to various settings were scattered all over the screen, simply because, it’s much easier to reach, so less effort.
Band of brothers!
The processor is lifted straight from Sammy’s Galaxy S II; the dual-core Exynos 4210 chipset with the Mali-400MP graphics chip. Couple this with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage and you have a recipe for an amazing multimedia experience. The interface is quite fluid, except for moments when TouchWiz raises its ugly head. Overall, it’s a very pleasant experience and with ICS update due in Q2, it should be even better. Samsung have thrown in some of their own wallpapers and widgets like BuddisNow, Pulse, SocialHub, etc. They have also included Pen Memo that lets you draw stuff with a digital pen or your finger. In order to compete with the HTC Flyer, we have a screenshot button, which lets you take a screen grab of almost any screen and then you can edit it, add some notes and send it via mail, Bluetooth, etc. Performance wise, it’s on par with the Galaxy S II and only slightly behind the Galaxy Note. In AnTuTu, we logged a score of 6123 points, whereas Linpack returned a Single Thread score of 41.9 and Multi-thread score of 75.1.
Updated 22 May, 2013, 9:27 pm IST
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