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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 review

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You may have looked at Samsung’s tablet lineup before and thought to yourself that the Korean company really needs to take a break, what with its production of one Galaxy-branded tab offering after another. But when you first get a chance to take a hard look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Wi-Fi, your attitude might change. It boasts a great list of hardware specs and excellent pre-installed software.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Wi-Fi, as its name suggests, features a 7.7-inch screen and comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. The display itself is a sight for sore eyes, with AMOLED technology and a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels on the screen. It also comes with a whole host of different hardware sensors and wireless antennas, as well as ample on-deviceRAM at 1GB and 16GB of internal storage.

It runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb by default with a 1.4GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, and an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich—and possibly even Jelly Bean—is in the cards. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI makes the default operating system a pleasure to use with its UI customizations.

What about battery life? It's good. Good enough, thanks to its relatively small screen, for up to 10 hours of use or more per charge.

The only problem that anyone might have with this particular tablet from Samsung is the price. While it definitely gives great value all around, many seem to agree that Samsung is simply asking too much for it, especially when you take a look around and see competing tablets that offer more bang for your buck. Unless the price is adjusted to be more wallet-friendly, Samsung is going to miss out on an opportunity to draw attention to an otherwise stellar product.

Need To Know: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Wi-Fi

1. 7.7-inch 1280x800 pixel resolution AMOLED touchscreen display is excellent whether for viewing multimedia or user input. (The Good)

2. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of the default operating system is speedy with the onboard processor and RAM. (The Good)

3. Pre-intalled software is more than a little dated with Android 3.2 Honeycomb. (The Bad)

4. Far too expensive for a device in its price range, no matter how great the overall performance. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
7.7"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android and Me

If you are in the market for an LTE tablet the Galaxy Tab 7.7 on Verizon belongs on your shortlist. It is my favorite Android tablet available on Big Red at the moment and depending on your use cases I think it holds its own with the iPad as well. The display is phenomenal and the form factor strike...

- Sean Riley, Android and Me
TabletPCReview

I’ll stand by the claim that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the best tablet in its class; unfortunately, its class is no longer the industry standard. The latest and greatest tablets sport quad-core chipsets, and dual-core is so 2011. Yes, I said dual-core tablets have some good life left in them, but Samsun...

- Jamison Cush, TabletPCReview
GSMArena

Users who rate portability above all else have plenty of choice of 7" tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 should be top of their list if budget is of no issue. Super slim and lightweight, impressively built and good-looking, this is a tablet that knows portability doesn't begin or end with size.Sure...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Geek

I’m not totally pleased with the Galaxy Tab 7.7. I really like the hardware, especially when used as a “living room device” but the Samsung overlay and the outdated version of Android really take away from the experience. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is only available at Verizon Wireless in the US, although t...

- Russell Holly, Geek
Digital Trends

It is super thin, super lightweight, has an amazing AMOLED screen, industry-leading battery life, and a resolution that's high enough to make a small 7.7-inch screen into a fully operational Honeycomb tablet.

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends


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Screen Size
7.7"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7's screen size is 7.7 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Dual-core Cortext A9 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5100mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5100 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab 7.7 Specs

Overview
Release date March 7, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core Cortext A9 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM Unknown
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Headset
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 62 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.3 x 19.7 x 0.8 cm (5.2 x 7.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 335 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Smile detection, Scene Mode, Exposure Value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, DivX, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, DivX, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-P6810, Galaxy Tab 7.7 Wi-Fi

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Android and Me

The display is phenomenal and the form factor strikes an excellent balance with a screen size

from Android and Me

If you are in the market for an LTE tablet the Galaxy Tab 7.7 on Verizon belongs on your shortlist. It is my favorite Android tablet available on Big Red at the moment and depending on your use cases I think it holds its own with the iPad as well. The display is phenomenal and the form factor str...More

If you are in the market for an LTE tablet the Galaxy Tab 7.7 on Verizon belongs on your shortlist. It is my favorite Android tablet available on Big Red at the moment and depending on your use cases I think it holds its own with the iPad as well. The display is phenomenal and the form factor strikes an excellent balance with a screen size that gives you far more than a phone while keeping the dimensions and weight down to the point that you can take it anywhere. To repurpose a quote often used by photographers, the best tablet is the one that you have with you.

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TabletPCReview

It has some next-generation features that will keep it relevant for a good while

from TabletPCReview

I’ll stand by the claim that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the best tablet in its class; unfortunately, its class is no longer the industry standard. The latest and greatest tablets sport quad-core chipsets, and dual-core is so 2011. Yes, I said dual-core tablets have some good life left in them, but S...More

I’ll stand by the claim that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the best tablet in its class; unfortunately, its class is no longer the industry standard. The latest and greatest tablets sport quad-core chipsets, and dual-core is so 2011. Yes, I said dual-core tablets have some good life left in them, but Samsung was an Android tablet market leader last year, and this tablet has advanced features. By that, I’m referring to the display. And for all the noise made regarding the Apple Retina Display, Samsung’s Super AMOLED is just as impressive, especially in its ability to cut through glare and its impressively stingy power consumption. The Tab 7.7 build quality is also a big plus, and I hope it signifies a Samsung move away from all-plastic devices.

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GSMArena

Super slim, lightweight, impressively built, good-looking

Users who rate portability above all else have plenty of choice of 7" tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 should be top of their list if budget is of no issue. Super slim and lightweight, impressively built and good-looking, this is a tablet that knows portability doesn't begin or end with size....

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Users who rate portability above all else have plenty of choice of 7" tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 should be top of their list if budget is of no issue. Super slim and lightweight, impressively built and good-looking, this is a tablet that knows portability doesn't begin or end with size.

Sure, it's barely bigger than most seven-inchers and incredibly slim, but good use of space is not its only asset. The power-efficient and remarkably legible AMOLED screen, the solid battery backup, the expandable memory and the added voice call support complete a device that's hard to leave behind, even though tablets are not usually high on everyone's packing list.

Ten-inchers belong on the couch and look good on your coffee table. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the outdoor type. And it's got the looks to match. That's what we meant when we called it the kind of tablet the iPads should be wary of.

Now, Samsung must have no illusions about ending Apple's tablet domination any time soon. But they won't give up putting pressure on them either. Their tablet lineup is entering its second generation and they've got not one but two ten-inchers man-marking the new iPad.

Their depth in the compact class is even more important. 7" tablets are a strictly Android affair (with a bit of BlackBerry for taste), so Samsung are leaving nothing to chance there. In fact, a couple of alternatives for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 come from within its own ranks.

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Geek

Razor thin, ultra light, IR transmitter included

from Geek

I’m not totally pleased with the Galaxy Tab 7.7. I really like the hardware, especially when used as a “living room device” but the Samsung overlay and the outdated version of Android really take away from the experience. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is only available at Verizon Wireless in the US, although the WiFi version is available internationally and can be ordered online for about $500....

More

I’m not totally pleased with the Galaxy Tab 7.7. I really like the hardware, especially when used as a “living room device” but the Samsung overlay and the outdated version of Android really take away from the experience. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is only available at Verizon Wireless in the US, although the WiFi version is available internationally and can be ordered online for about $500.

Verizon is selling the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at the laughable price of $699 without a contract, and $499 with a two year LTE contract. Basically, while the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has some amazing potential, the US exclusivity agreement with Verizon has priced itself out of the market.

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Digital Trends

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is super thin, light, and features an amazing AMOLED screen

from Digital Trends

We’ve said it before, but it won’t be long before Samsung has a Galaxy Tab in every possible size. More than any other tablet maker, the company is trying on all sizes with consumers to see what sticks. Until now, our favorite has been the Galaxy Tab 8.9, but with LTE and an AMOLED screen,

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We’ve said it before, but it won’t be long before Samsung has a Galaxy Tab in every possible size. More than any other tablet maker, the company is trying on all sizes with consumers to see what sticks. Until now, our favorite has been the Galaxy Tab 8.9, but with LTE and an AMOLED screen,

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CNET

The lack of HDMI and dedicated USB ports is disappointing, but not a deal breaker

from CNET

From strictly a design standpoint, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the tablet all other small-form tablets should aspire to. It's thin and light, with two cameras and expandable memory. As full-featured small tablets go, this is the high-water mark with its gorgeous AMOLED screen and Samsung Exynos...More

From strictly a design standpoint, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the tablet all other small-form tablets should aspire to. It's thin and light, with two cameras and expandable memory. As full-featured small tablets go, this is the high-water mark with its gorgeous AMOLED screen and Samsung Exynos CPU delivering fast game and UI navigation performance.

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The Verge

A solid, high-end tablet with great internals and a great display

from The Verge

Using the Galaxy Tab 7.7 perfectly crystallizes how bad Honeycomb really is. Samsung built a solid, high-end tablet with great internals and a great display, but equipped it with an operating system that's just not up to the task. If and when it's upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich this will easily b...More

Using the Galaxy Tab 7.7 perfectly crystallizes how bad Honeycomb really is. Samsung built a solid, high-end tablet with great internals and a great display, but equipped it with an operating system that's just not up to the task. If and when it's upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich this will easily be one of the two or three most compelling Android tablets, because Samsung did virtually everything else right. Right now, though, it’s being held back considerably. Of course, the lack of good tablet apps for Android is still a huge problem, and so is the price: $499.99 plus a two-year contract is likely to be more expensive in the long run than a $629, contract-free Verizon iPad, and $699.99 without a contract is even harder to swallow for a device with only 16GB of internal storage. If you really want an Android tablet, you'll love the Galaxy Tab 7.7 (especially when it gets Android 4.0), but without a more stable OS it’s not the best tablet out there in any conversation — ICS-equipped devices like the Transformer Prime are a smarter buy, and none of them compare to the iPad.

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PhoneArena

Cool looking design, PlayStation Certified, good build quality

from PhoneArena

So what can we say about the Sony Tablet P? Well, we still have to give credit to Sony for producing something that’s uniquely different – especially for a tablet. On paper, two displays sounds mightily tantalizing, but when it actually boils down to execution, it miserably fails because of t...More

So what can we say about the Sony Tablet P? Well, we still have to give credit to Sony for producing something that’s uniquely different – especially for a tablet. On paper, two displays sounds mightily tantalizing, but when it actually boils down to execution, it miserably fails because of the supremely annoying bezels that detract our attention from other things. Throw in that its hardware is seemingly dated now that we’re seeing more quad-core devices, it doesn’t get any better for this clutch bag like tablet. To make matters worse, its pricing is set to $400 with a 2-year contract or $550 outright, which still seems a tad bit steep for what it’s worth. Besides its cooling looking design, there’s nothing extraordinarily impressive about this one, and simply, it ends up being nothing short of forgettable.

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Expert Reviews

A simply incredible display but fairly high price make it less attractive

from Expert Reviews

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a gorgeous screen, a thin and light body, amazing battery life and sturdy construction, but some intrusive software and a fairly high price make it less attractive

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The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a gorgeous screen, a thin and light body, amazing battery life and sturdy construction, but some intrusive software and a fairly high price make it less attractive

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Mobile88

It's a tad pricey and camera could be better

from Mobile88

To sum it up, the Tab 7.7 is a ­stunner that offers speedy ­performance with a ­brilliant ­display screen and long ­battery life. There's not much to complain about apart from the rather poor still image ­quality which stopped us from giving the Tablet full marks. The Tab 7.7 is a tad price...More

To sum it up, the Tab 7.7 is a ­stunner that offers speedy ­performance with a ­brilliant ­display screen and long ­battery life. There's not much to complain about apart from the rather poor still image ­quality which stopped us from giving the Tablet full marks. The Tab 7.7 is a tad pricey when you ­consider that it only has 16GB storage space and a smaller screen size. Still, if you are looking for ­something smaller and easier to lug around, you would do well to give the Tab 7.7 a look.

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