Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Review

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The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the bigger cousin of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus from the South Korean Electronics giant, Samsung. But if you thought that it's just size that is different, there is much more.

Tablet PC Features

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a Super AMOLED display that gives crystal clear pictures and much better viewing angles as compared to most other tablets in the sub 8 inch category. The tablet is powered by a 1.4 GHZ Dual Core processor and also has an inbuilt 1 GB RAM. The 1280 x 800 WXGA display has a screen resolution of 197 ppi.

As with most other tablet manufacturers, the Galaxy 7.7 tab ships with one of the three standard inbuilt storage options; 16, 32 or 64 GB. However, if you think that space might be a constraint in the future, you also have the option of expanding up to another 32 GB using the micro SD slot.

The tablet currently ships with the Honeycomb OS from Android, though Samsung has confirmed that it will upgrade the OS to Ice Cream Sandwich very soon.

Usability

The most striking thing that you might notice is the build quality. While the Galaxy 7.0 Plus had a plastic build and feeling, the 7.7 inch tab feels more solid in hands due to the metallic back casing. The plastic edges at the back that probably covers the Antenna area gives a nice contrast and makes the tablet look of a much higher grade as compared to other tablets in this range.

The designers at Samsung have decided that this is a tablet that is best used in Portrait mode, at least that is what you will think after having used this tablet for a while. The 2.0 MP front camera is on the shorter side of the rectangle. Beside headphone stereo 3.5 mm jack , there is also a twin speaker at the other end that has fairly good audio quality. Other main switches and ports include the volume rocker, the power button, the SIM tray and the SD Card expandable memory slot. The 3.0 MP camera at the back can take some pretty decent photos and videos. While the Honeycomb may feel a bit sluggish, the TouchWiz UX provided by Samsung as a standard OS feature makes up for some of the shortcomings of the base OS.

Customer Reviews

The battery life has come as a pleasant surprise to most users of this tablet. Some tests have indicated that the battery lasts up to 12 hours with continuous use. The rich AMOLED display makes this tablet probably the best in its class. The only few complaints we could find seem to have come from customers who are a bit irritated by the sluggishness of the Honeycomb.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy 7.7 is among the best that has come out of the Samsung Stable and is a serious contender for the best tablet award if there is one among the current crop of tablets. However, the 7.7 does not come cheap.

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Technical Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
 Tablet  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Android 3.2
 CPU  Exynos 4210
 CPU speed  1.40 GHz
 Storage  16,32,64 GB
 Screen size  7.7 inch
 Resolution  1280 x 800 px
 Weight  0.34 kg / 0.75 lbs
 Battery life  12.0 hours

 

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Battery life comparison

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Weight comparison

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