Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Review – Packs Major Power in a Miniature Size

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 home screen running TouchWiz interface showing home screen with widgetsSamsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Review

In a sea of tablets, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet stands out as an Android-based tablet that rivals the iPad. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a 7.7-inch screen that is bright and manages to maintain its incredibly sharp resolution while still being compact. Although slightly larger than the other range of 7-inch tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 can be held in one hand, making it ideal for reading the latest book on your Kindle app and watching a movie whilst you’re travelling. Today our Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 review looks at the impressive features of this new tablet.

Strengths

  • Format – The biggest benefit to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is its size. It’s small enough to comfortably hold in one hand while still being large enough to allow you to browse the web. Its screen resolution of 1280 X 800 is better than even Samsung’s 10.1 inch tablet, and the colors come to life.
  • Weight/Size – The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is lightweight—335g compared to the iPad 2’s 600g.  It’s extremely thin, as well, making it easily portable. Its sharp metallic look makes it stand out among the many other tablets out there.
  • Screen – The Galaxy Tab uses the Super AMOLED Plus panel for its display. Super AMOLED (Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) helps preserve your display even in the brightest light. The Super AMOLED Plus display was introduced with Samsung’s Galaxy line, using an arrangement that both brightens the display and conserves battery life. You’ll notice the difference as soon as you try to operate the tablet in bright sunlight, an important feature considering most tablets are intended to be used on the go.
  • User Interface – The Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android Honeycomb but also includes Samsung’s TouchWiz UX suite of extensions. These additional elements enhance stock Android. This gives users all kinds of handy widgets, including apps for weather and news. You’ll be able to easily access your social media sites, thanks to TouchWiz UX—all in a cute format. Users have reported TouchWiz UX slows down the tablet’s performance, but you can drag any widgets you don’t plan to use to the trash.
  • Motion control is also installed on the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Motion control, is new to the Samsung line. It allows users to tilt the tablet at various angles to manipulate images and navigate. The Galaxy Tab also comes with the Peel app, allowing users to turn the device into a remote control.
  • Included Applications – Samsung Hubs are also included with the tablet, including a readers’ hub that allows users to find and download e-books, newspapers, and magazines. The music hub gives you access to millions of songs and the game hub makes Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 the first tablet that offers the best social network games, as well as premium games—all delivered on the Galaxy Tab 7.7’s eye-popping display.
  • Processor Performance – Its 1.4GHz dual-core processor placed only slightly behind the iPad 2 in benchmark scores, making it among the top performers in speed. You’ll get 16GB of memory, which can be upped by using the microSD slot. You can also load media files directly from a microSD card, allowing you to store your favorite high-definition movies on the card and take them on vacation with you. Since the tablet plays a variety of video formats, you’ll have no problem viewing them.
  • Voice Calls – One of the benefits of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is its ability to make voice calls. Previously, however, you’d needed a Bluetooth or headphones to make or receive a call, but Samsung is pretty proud of the fact that you can answer a call in receiver mode on this device while in a public place. This bragging assumes people would actually hold the tablet as a phone. This is unlikely, so you’ll still need a Bluetooth or headphones if you want to use your Galaxy as a phone without putting it in speakerphone mode.
  • Battery Life – In order to accommodate the smaller size, Samsung shrunk the battery down to 5,100 mAh but the performance seems to be unaffected. Samsung compensated for the drop in battery power by initiating power saving routines for the device. If the battery drops below 50%, for instance, the device powers the brightness of the screen down automatically.
  • Ports – The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has MicroSD and SIM card slots. This means you can expand the on-board memory if you need more space to store files using a MicroSD card. The SIM slot gives you the flexibility to sign-up to a 3G contract so you can use the internet connection when you’re not in range of a Wi-Fi signal – Samsung have provided a lot of options with this tablet.
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also supported so you can attached to your local network to use peripheral devices like a Wi-Fi printer, plus also hook up Bluetooth devices such as a Bluetooth headset.
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 uses Wi-Fi channel bonding, which lets you receive data rates at double the speed of traditional Wi-Fi. This should speed up the web surfing experience. The Galaxy Tab also has GPS so you can use location-based apps along the lines of  SatNav and mapping applications.
  • Sensors/Gaming – Also included on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 are a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a digital compass. These sensors mean it reacts as you move the tablet, reorientating the screen view and delivering games that respond to rotations, tilts and twists.Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 7 has a stylish brushed metal back and rear-facing camera

Weaknesses

  • Operating System – One of the biggest disappointments with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is its failure to incorporate the new Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (Android 4.0). While Honeycomb (Android 3.2) works well as always, it can be sluggish at times, especially when switching between screens. It’s just not as polished as Android 4.0. Expect Samsung to release upgrades for their tablets soon.
  • Cameras – With both a front-facing and rear-facing camera, you’ll be able to conduct video chats and capture all of your best memories. The rear-facing camera is only 3 megapixels, which makes it less than ideal for high-quality photos, but the 2 megapixel front-facing camera will work fine for your Skype sessions.
  • Price – A downfall of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the price. The unit is more expensive than its competitor, the Motorola Xoom 2 Media edition, which could scare away some consumers.
  • Expansion Options – One major negative is the lack of a USB port for the Galaxy Tab 7.7. USB is required for a variety of reasons, although in this day and age, someone could certainly find wireless ways to live without USB connectivity. Your options include storing files in the cloud and attaching to Wi-Fi peripheral devices.
  • An HDMI output is also lacking—something competitors have that allows owners to send video to any device bearing an HDMI input, including televisions.
  • Speakers – While the speakers on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 are good, they aren’t quite as loud as the Tab Plus 7.0. Having said that, if you want decent audio quality from a tablet, you’ll probably need to plug in a set of headphones anyway. Rarely do the small speakers on tablets provide decent quality output.Galaxy Tab 7.7 showing the thin profile and stylish design

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Review Summary

As with all tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7’s value depends on what you intend to do with your computer. For gaming and watching video, the Tab is both portable and has a vivid display. Samsung have gone down the route of offering lightweight devices that provide ultra portability, however the trade off of a thin tablet is they can’t provide USB and HDMI out jacks If you’re looking for a small, lightweight and stylish tablet though, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a great option. It’s one of the best in class of the smaller scale tablets available in the UK right now, when it gets Android Ice Cream Sandwich, it will be the best.

If you still want to find out more then check out the reviews from PC ProTech Radar and CNET.

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Comments

  1. Wow! I can’t believe that the Samsung Galaxy Tablet is lighter than the Ipad. While I am partial to Apple, the competition is certainly getting stiffer. Which tablet do you think wins? The Ipad or the Samsung tablet? Does one work better for small businesses than the other?

    • HI Elena, thanks for your comment. Yes the Samsung tablet is lighter but it’s also smaller so you give up some screen for the portability. It really depends what you’re looking for. The iPad is bigger and probably has a wider range of apps but the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is more portable and more configurable. Hope this helps.

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