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- Samsung's $650 Galaxy Tab S7 is an excellent tablet, and you wouldn't be making a huge mistake in buying one.
- With that said, I'd still recommend Apple's iPads if we were having a normal conversation.
- The Galaxy Tab S7's screen is wider than the iPad's, which is great for video, but it feels like there's wasted space when using productivity apps.
- If you need a good simple tablet, you don't need to spend around $600 — most people will be happy with the standard $330 10.2-inch iPad.
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It's a decently thin tablet at 6.3mm (compared to 6.1mm for the 2020 iPad Air), and it leans towards the heavier side at 498 grams compared with the 458 grams for the 2020 iPad Air, and even the iPad Pro 11-inch at 471g. Due to the screen's 16:10 aspect ratio, it's a fairly tall and narrow tablet when you hold it vertically compared to the iPad, which has more of a square design due to its screen with an aspect ratio of about 4:3.
The Tab S7's screen is a gorgeous, sharp IPS LCD display that gets bright, and colors and contrast pop in true Samsung style. Just about everything on the screen looks fantastic, and it supports HDR10+. Videos that support HDR look especially good on the Tab S7.
Throw the 120Hz refresh rate into the mix, and navigating around Android and apps is exceptionally smooth. This high refresh rate doesn't affect video so much, and it's a mostly superficial feature, but it makes a big impact in making the Tab S7 feel fast and powerful.
Depending on whether you want to use a tablet for watching videos of productivity, the Galaxy Tab S7's rectangular 16:10 screen could make a difference if you're considering between the Tab S7 and an iPad. The Tab S7's screen is similar to a standard computer monitor or TV (16:9 aspect ratio), which makes it better for playing standard 16:9 videos in horizontal mode. Despite a great picture, the iPad's nearly square-ish screen in horizontal mode isn't quite as good for videos, as it'll play videos in a smaller size with bigger black borders on the top and bottom.