As you can tell from the name, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is an updated version of last year’s flagship Galaxy Tab S6 with an F suffix that stands for featuring extra battery life. So does it live up to its name? Let’s find out!
Design & Display
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Fe takes full advantage of the solid design and construction foundation that we’ve seen in previous devices. It offers everything you would want in a tablet, including a 10.5-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display, 8MP main camera, 5MP front camera, 8GB RAM, and 4G LTE connectivity.
I appreciated the tactile feedback provided by the Corning Gorilla Glass surface when touching the screen. And while this tablet is not as slim or sleek as others on the market right now, it still feels pretty great in your hands because of its size and weight distribution. The only downside to the build quality is that it does feel a little slippery at times.
In terms of performance, this device blows away every other budget tablet on the market today with specs like 8GB RAM and 64GB internal storage capacity. When it comes to apps running smoothly, even heavy games such as Fortnite ran without any lag whatsoever (aside from loading time).
Sure, there are some definite limitations when compared to higher end tablets out there but for those looking for something to use casually – whether playing games or browsing Facebook – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Fe will more than meet their needs. I recommend buying a silicone case to provide better grip if you’re worried about slipping.
For entertainment purposes, Netflix played smoothly and videos looked crisp on the high resolution display. Although I wasn’t able to watch YouTube videos through Chrome due to lack of Flash support, watching them through the Amazon Video app was just fine.
The battery life lasts up to 16 hours so you don’t have to worry about charging often, which is great for long trips where outlets may be few and far between. You can also add an external battery pack for peace of mind during long trips.
Performance & Software
Looking at specs alone, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is easily one of the best budget tablets on the market. It features a respectable (for a budget tablet) 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for only $149. With it’s 3,060 mAh battery, you’ll get almost 12 hours per charge which means if you’re looking for an affordable second tablet that can last through most single-day events then this would be perfect for your needs. You’ll be able to run most mobile games just fine on the smaller 7 inch screen but not so much when it comes to videos or streaming.
I was able to watch episodes of Narcos without any lag or buffering but found some issues with watching Netflix on my device. Streaming could sometimes have a delay from 5 seconds up to 30 seconds.
The software package is also fairly light as there are only about 4 pre-installed apps and 10 optional ones. That includes Google Play Services, Gmail, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Google Photos so you won’t find many bloatware programs that take up space either in the OS or your device’s memory. The user interface is also very easy to navigate with a simple setup that only has four screens – settings, applications, home screen and recent apps.
There are no app drawers which is both good and bad because the recent apps list keeps all of your opened programs on top of each other instead of being grouped together by category like they do on iOS devices. What’s great about this feature though is that you can quickly close out of all open tabs using the close all button located at the bottom right corner.
If you’re coming from another Android device such as an older version of Samsung or Huawei phone then transferring files will be a breeze because everything transfers over automatically including contacts, emails, messages and more.
My experience with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 was overwhelmingly positive. I’m amazed that this tablet performs better than some models that cost three times as much, especially in terms of build quality and camera performance. What’s more, the fingerprint scanner is very responsive and worked without a hitch, which cannot be said for most low-priced devices. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a budget tablet without sacrificing performance.
My experience with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 was overwhelmingly positive. For a 7-inch tablet running at an extremely reasonable price, it really impressed me with its great display (which is brighter than most), high-quality battery life, lightning-fast fingerprint scanner and excellent all-around performance in daily use.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 has a decent screen, a very robust battery life, and plenty of power. Plus, it’s been designed to be water resistant, durable and lightweight. For this reason, the tablet is perfect for anyone who likes to do things like read books or watch movies on their device. But for any avid gamers out there, you might want to look elsewhere – because the graphics will leave much to be desired. It also doesn’t come with an SD card slot which could prove inconvenient for some people.
All in all, though, I think that the price point and design of this tablet make it worth considering if you’re looking for something inexpensive but still functional. If you need a more powerful device for work or gaming, then this may not be the best option for you.