- Editor's Rating
- Large, high-resolution display
- Built-in pen input
- Good performance
- Useful accessories available
Quick TakeThis is a well-designed and well-thought-out tablet. It has a top-of-the-line price, however.
The Samsung ATIV Tab 7 is a high-end Windows tablet that comes at a high-end price. A tricked-out model offering the best performance comes in at a hefty $1,200 at the time of the review. The Tab 7 is built with a metal case and a smooth, rounded look. TabletPCReview noted it has a slick texture but feels sturdy when held in hand. The case flexed slightly when twisted and when pressure was applied to the back. The tablet weighs just less than two pounds and TPCR noted it can feel a bit bulky.
The 11.6-inch display with 190 dpi resolution has good brightness, but TPCR noted due to the increased size of the display, it can be difficult to type on the on-screen keyboard just using the thumbs. The Tab 7 has a slew of ports including a power port, docking connector, micro-HDMI port, headphone/mic jack, power button, auto-rotate on/off button, USB port, microSD slot, SIM card slot. The Tab 7 also supports various accessories including Samsung’s S Pen stylus, which TPCR noted works well and the right-click functionality is an added bonus. TPCR also tested an optional keyboard dock with two USB ports, and noted that when the keyboard is added the tablet turns in to a functional Ultrabook. TPCR said the typing experience was good and they keys have a “decent responsiveness.”
The Tab 7 runs on a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3337u processor with Integrated Intel HD 4000 GPU graphics, 4GB DDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD. TPCR noted the tablet’s performance is quick and reliable. The device took between eight and 10 seconds to boot up. TPCR also noted playing basic games and streaming video content worked well. The Tab 7 is a Windows 8 tablet but also comes with packaged Samsung apps including S Note, S app and SideSync, which TPCR said allows users to sync the Tab 7 with the latest Galaxy phones and tablets, which is a huge bonus for users looking for high productivity. The Tab 7 has AT&T 4G LTE, Intel Centrino Advanced-N chipset Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. During testing, TPCR noted the broadband speeds were reliable.
The tablet has a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera, which TPCR notes is “merely average” among mobile devices. The Tab 7’s battery lasted three hours in stringent TPCR tests and five hours and 17 minutes in productivity tests. TPCR notes the battery life is poor for a tablet.
Overall, TPCR was impressed with the Samsung ATIV Tab 7’s display, performance and available accessories, but noted the poor battery life could be a deterrent for some buyers as can be the expensive price. However, TPCR did note the tablet is well-thought-out and well-designed and “outguns” the Microsoft Surface Pro in many areas.