Plus Has Some Minuses

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-11-15 Print this article Print

These include the pen memo note-taking application that lets users write notes on the tablet with their fingers and save them for later; a photo editing application for pictures you snap with the tablet; and Polaris Office, which lets users read and edit documents formatted for PCs on tablets and smartphones.

One of the bigger draws to this tablet is Peel's Smart Remote application, which lets users manage their home entertainment content and systems from the tablet.

There is also a screensaver application and a dedicated screen-capture button in the Honeycomb navigation bar, accessible via any of the five home screens.

The tablet has 1GB of RAM and is available in 16GB and 32GB options, though both are expandable to 64GB with a microSD card, providing more than enough storage.

I wasn't a fan of the Plus' 3 megapixel, rear-facing camera, which-though it had little latency-paled in comparison to some of the tablets and smartphones with 5MP or 8MP shutters.

This camera also shoots video at a modest 720p high definition, though it does playback in 1080p HD. The 2MP front-facing camera will provide video chats ably enough. The battery is also only a 4,000-mAh power supply, on the low-end of today's tablets. Expect to recharge early and often if you consume a lot of multimedia.

The only other thing I found distasteful about the Plus is its price: At $399 for the WiFi version (on Nov. 16, consumers may also buy a Plus 3G from T-Mobile for $249 down on contract, plus $10 a month payments for 20 months), it's going to be awfully hard for the Plus to sell well this holiday season versus the Kindle Fire, which costs half that at $199.

And that's a shame, because Samsung crafted a really nice tablet in the Plus. I'm just not sure that Samsung, even with Google Maps Navigation, Peel Remote, Netflix and Next Issue applications, will be able to convince consumers to buy the Plus over the Kindle Fire, which has been heavily touted and marketed. 


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