It's been a while since I've seen anything, be it anime or a show on Netflix.
I'm too lazy to open Netflix on my laptop and watching shows on my tiny iPhone 6s screen just isn't fun.
Recently, however, I became obsessed with a Netflix show called The Crown. And the reason why I was actively engaged in it?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus.
All work and no play makes Jack a boring boy
I don't like tablets very often because I found their size strange. Too big to be phones and too small to properly replace laptops.
The laptop is mostly for work and my phone is for entertainment. At that time I saw no need for a tablet.
I dare to say, however, that the S7 Plus's 12.4-inch OLED display (among other things) was perfect for watching my shows.
My problem with using my laptop for Netflix was portability.
I loved to see my shows on a bigger device screen, but I hated that the keyboard wasn't detachable.
A purchase of the S7 Plus includes the Galaxy Tab S7 + book cover keyboard. However, if you ever need to buy an additional keyboard, it costs RM999.
The detachable keyboard
It felt great to turn the keyboard on and off depending on how I wanted to use the tablet at the same time.
When it was time for Netflix, the keyboard went off.
This just left me with the tablet and its book cover, and the viewing experience was phenomenal.
I could support the tablet by tilting the cover and enjoy the crisp and vivid graphics combined with the clear audio quality of the quad speakers.
Super easy to angle the screen with the foldable book cover
I actually tried playing on the S7 Plus too, but struggled to find apps that actually fit on the screen.
The few that I downloaded (also recently called "Unter Uns") were only playable in a small window, which meant I couldn't fully immerse myself in the games.
I also couldn't use the keyboard for the games I tried as they still work like your mobile apps (touchscreen controls).
As soon as it was time to get serious and work, I hit the keyboard.
Bring pen to paper
This will activate Samsung DeX, but you can always toggle it on and off manually.
With the keyboard attached and the Samsung DeX enabled, it definitely got closer to your standard laptop experience.
If someone just caught a glimpse of it and I told them it was a laptop, I could be fooling them
I have to say that it still left a lot to be desired.
I rely heavily on pinned tabs for quick access to all of the websites I need to do work when I'm using Google Chrome on my laptop.
There are no pinned tabs in the app on the tablet. This means that every time I need to access a website that I use every day I have to first memorize the URL (or part of it) and then load it.
It's not a big deal, but it takes off a few points when it comes to convenience for me.
Other than that, my biggest criticism was writing and editing with the S7 Plus, all thanks to the keyboard.
(In fact, this article was written using Samsung DeX on the S7 Plus.)
- Not what I used to use to write this article, but the S pen that comes with it is always a delight
- When the pen is attached to the back of the tablet as follows, it is charging
- The book cover has a small shape that holds the pen securely when you throw the tablet in your pocket
The keyboard itself feels pretty much what I'm used to (I've been using the HP Envy 13 for almost 5 years), although the keys feel a little less "solid".
It is best used on a flat, hard surface as trying to type from your lap or a softer surface is a very uncomfortable and unstable experience.
Often times, because the screen is heavier, it is on the verge of tipping over as its ability to angled is due to the flap of the book cover rather than the hinge connecting the keyboard and screen.
Weighing your priorities
I had previously tested the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, but couldn't find any use for it.
It was good for watching shows too (although the s7 Plus is better) but since I didn't have a keyboard for it, its use was severely restricted.
I don't watch my shows all day, every day of the week, which means I only pick them up every now and then.
If I hadn't had the keyboard for the S7 Plus, I probably wouldn't have used it that often either.
While I've enjoyed the tablet more for entertainment than work, it's a pretty good device overall and performed decently for my needs.
The S7 Plus is primarily still a tablet, which already means that it offers a very different experience than your average laptop.
To really compare it to a laptop, you would have to judge the tablet unfairly.
For someone like me who prefers larger devices primarily for work, I'd rather spend on an actual laptop simply because I don't have any other real use for a tablet that justifies paying so much for me.
Currently, the only version of the S7 Plus commercially available in Malaysia is the Wi-Fi version.
|Perfect screen size for watching movies and shows||A high price tag to argue about is only worth it if it's actually used for both work and play|
|Great audio and video||Not all apps are properly optimized for screen size|
|Coupled with the keyboard, Samsung DeX offers a decent laptop-like experience|
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