Best Tablet? Samsung Galaxy 7” Tablet P1000 – Review

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in Mobile Devices

Samsung galaxy tab GT-P1000NWell, we considered that we picked a good tablet last time, so let’s see how we fare with the Samsung Galaxy GT P1000N 16GB Next G and Wi Fi.

Once again, not Ice Cream Sandwich, but this one is a bit more suited to the “fairer sex” for hand span size. We deliberately went for the 7” because it is slightly narrower against the 7.7”and we believe that these two tablets will cater nicely for male or female alike.

What you getAmong the huge number of tablets (all brands and types) available at the online store of www.electronicbazaar.com.au, we found this one. We did really want the Galaxy Tab 2, 7” (with Ice Cream Sandwich operating system) or the Samsung Galaxy 7” Plus, but they were unable to supply either.

Incidentally, we have now tried 34 different on-line stores and only four had a telephone number to call and this company was one who answered promptly. (Something to remember when outlaying the $ and taking the risk with online ordering.) If something goes wrong, at least you can call them. Coming back to the Samsung Galaxy P1000 7”, it is cheaper than the 7.7 and incorporating Next G as well is certainly a great bonus. It has the dimensions we want for this comparative review so let’s go.

What’s in the box?
Included as well as the Samsung Galaxy P1000 7” tablet unit we also received:

  • An LCD screen protector
  • A set of earphones
  • A charger plus adaptors

Specifications
Manufacturer    Samsung
Model    P1000 16GB
Condition    New
Stock Status   
What's in the box?    Battery, Original charger, Adaptor plug, USB cable
Expected Release     No
Network Band    GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, 3G 850 (NextG/Vodafone 850), 3G 2100
Recommended Networks    Optus 2G, Optus 3G 900, Telstra 2G, Telstra 3G 2100 (Metro Only, ends 2012), Vodafone 3G 2100, Optus 3G 2100, Telstra NextG, Vodafone 3G 850, Three, Vodafone 2G, Vodafone 3G 900
Sim Size    Standard SIM
Handset branding    No
3G    Yes  (2100 MHz)
Next G Compatible    Yes
   
Form Factor    Touchscreen, Tablet
Height    190mm
Width    120mm
Thickness    12mm
Weight    380g
Screen Size (Diagonal)    7.0 inches
Screen Resolution    1024 x 600 pixels
Screen Technology    No
Touchscreen Type    Capacitive
Input Type    No
Ringtone Type    Polyphonic, MP3
CPU    ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1 GHz processor; PowerVR SGX540 graphics
Internal Memory    16GB storage, 512 MB RAM
Expandable Memory    Up to 16GB
Included Memory Card    No
Camera    3MP
Camera Flash    Yes
Secondary Camera    Yes
Operating System    Android 2.2 or above
Messaging    SMS, MMS, Instant Messaging, Email
Bluetooth    Yes
NFC    No
Radio    No
Speakerphone    Yes
Wi-Fi    Yes
GPS Hardware    Yes
Standby Time    No
Battery Capacity (mAh)    Li-Ion 4000 mAh
Talk Time    Up to 28 h (2G) / Up to 25 h 30 min (3G)
Generic Charger Type    No
 

Not as thin as a pencilOperation
Having previously utilised the 7.7” tablet with the faster CPU and more RAM, we must not make any presumptuous predictions either way and do some objective tests to see whether these slightly slower speeds and memory make a difference in the type of functions you would use constantly. It’s all about “fit for purpose”. At the end of the day, it could be a bit like a car with 2000 HP - it won’t necessarily drive the 100 metres to church any better than if it had a far smaller engine in it.

As the specifications show, it has less RAM and a slower CPU. We must admit though, we did not notice any slowdown in performance. We noted that the P1000N had Android version VFJP6 which is a Gingerbread Operating system, although we suspect that it came out with 2.2 Android (Froyo) originally. It was noticeably different in the operation of menu systems compared to the 3.2 Honeycomb 7.7”. Not dissimilar in its approach to accomplish operations, but a little more disjointed than the 7.7” Honeycomb in getting the end result. We found the Honeycomb operating system to be an improvement and to be more logical in its functionality. (Although this could be the result of us learning the Honeycomb operating system first and not the other way around). The weight of the GT P1000N comes in at 385 grams whereas the 7.7” was 335 grams.

What we especially liked:

  • My wife liked the narrower size but this was negated by the increase in weight over the 7.7” Samsung Galaxy tablet.
  • The ability to remove icons from the unit by “press, hold and drag to a bin - and it’s gone.
  • If you have “Google mail“, then you can choose to be audibly notified that you have mail waiting to be read even when the unit is sleeping.
  • Screen can be set to automatically dim for existing light conditions.
  • The use of a voice input to browse and dictate emails in Gmail and by using the settings you can stipulate USA, English or any other language and yes, even Australian to enhance recognition ability.
  • Tap in “search field” and you get similar to above.

Indeed pretty much all of the features we remarked on as “must haves” were there although you had to tread different paths to get them. 

What we did not like:

  • We found the Samsung P1000 to feel more bulky because of the additional weight, and thickness - some 50 grams, and this really defeated our objective in finding an ideal tablet for the average female’s hand and support strength.
  • We found the screen not to be as lively in colours as the 7.7” tablets understandable as the 7.7”s are Super AMOLED Plus (a far more recent technology).
  • We found that the battery does not last as long as the 7.7” when working under similar conditions.

P6810 7.7Conclusion
In terms of finding what we believe to be the best His and Her tablets, we believe that this is not the product we were hoping for and still expect the Samsung Galaxy Plus 7” or 7” Tab 2 to be the winner for the ladies but, at the time of going to print the P1000 was priced considerably less than the P6810 Samsung Galaxy Tablet 7.7” and so this fact must be borne in mind. As it is all about get what you pay for, I don’t mean poor in terms of quality as the Samsung Galaxy P1000N is still of good standard. It is simply that it is older in terms of screen technology, power and operating system enhancements. What is there works satisfactorily, but can you upgrade the operating system any higher?

At retail value of $449 at Electronic Bazaar online, the Samsung Galaxy P1000N appears to be a reasonable purchase when being compared to the higher cost of the 7.7” tablet. But if you are comparing to the Samsung Galaxy 7” Plus which we wish to review next, it may well be a different story as both are about the same price.

Not yet reviewed but on “we would like to do list” the P6200 Samsung Galaxy Tablet 7” Plus, appears to be far more capable and technologically advanced (according to its specifications as some are the same as the 7.7” P6810) so we are pretty sure that it may prove to be the better valued product, so stay tuned!

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      • Thomas watson

        This post is very much informative in context. I like to admire the way you explain the topic. I would like to thank the author for his marvelous efforts.I purchase Samsung Galaxy GT P1000N 16GB from Electronic Bazaar(http://www.electronicbazaar.com.au/).

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