The Galaxy Tab might be a distant second to the iPad when it comes to tablet market share, but Samsung is hardly ready to concede the crown. Its newest tablet, the S7+, isn’t just its best and biggest, but it’s easily the closest you’re going to get to an iPad Pro without shopping in an Apple Store.

Samsung’s Galaxy S tablets have always showcased the latest tech and specs, and the S7+ is no different. It boasts the Snapdragon 865+ processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, a giant 10,090mAh battery, and 5G support.

But what gives the S7 its “plus” designation isn’t the specs–rather it’s the 12.4-inch screen, the biggest in a Samsung-made Android tablet since the 18.4-inch Galaxy View. That’s about two inches bigger than the 10.5-inch Tab S6 and gives Samsung a true competitor for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

And what a screen it is. Samsung has been using OLED displays in its tablets for years, but the one in the S7+ is far and away its best. It’s impressively bright and vibrant, with a 2800×1752 resolution. Samsung’s first 120Hz refresh rate in a screen this big looks incredible and feels as smooth as silk. It’s especially great with the S Pen, which now has a 9ms latency to match that of the Apple Pencil. 

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The Galaxy Tab S7+ is built as well as an iPad Pro.

Writing feels as smooth as if you’re writing on a piece of paper with a ballpoint pen, and the stylus is remarkably light compared to the Apple Pencil. It’s also included in the box rather than a $129 add-on. You’ll want to get at least a Book Cover ($80) for the back, which provides a nice holder for the S-Pen. Otherwise, it will surely fall off its perch on the rear of the Tab S7+.

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You could also opt for the Keyboard Cover for an extra $230, and it comes highly recommended if you’re going to do anything other than watch movies. At 12.4 inches, the Tab S7+ is a bit unwieldy, even if it is shorter (285 x 185 x 5.7mm vs 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9mm) and lighter (575 vs 643 grams) than the iPad Pro. The keyboard isn’t nearly as sturdy as the iPad Pro’s Magic Keyboard—I struggled a bit to line up the magnetic backplate so the S Pen fits in its slot—but it makes whatever you’re doing on the Tab S7+ much more ergonomically feasible.

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The display on the Galaxy S7+ is simply gorgeous, but you’ll want to get a keyboard.

The keyboard includes a row of “16 intuitive function keys” that brings a bit of PC functionality to the Tab S7+ and includes volume, brightness, and navigation controls. It’s useful—though being able to use the secondary keys without holding “Function” is a sorely needed toggle—but it also makes the trackpad a bit smaller than it is on the Tab S6’s keyboard. I’d prefer backlighting, but the keys have a nice springiness to them, and typing is a pleasure.

There’s no denying that Samsung has taken some inspiration from the iPad Pro, but the Tab S7+ is great in its own right. The AKG speakers are fantastic, the camera is properly positioned on the landscape side, and the build quality is beyond reproach. I wouldn’t mind a second USB-C port and maybe a Galaxy Fold-style fingerprint scanner built into the power button (Samsung’s virtual in-display scanners aren’t nearly as reliable), but otherwise there isn’t much I would change about the Tab S7+.

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