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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 review

Samsung's mid-size tablet tries to close the mid-range hole in their handheld lineup

Our Verdict

Samsung seems to be going through a bit of an identity crisis in the tablet market, with multiple devices at multiple sizes and price points. As a result, it's not clear where some of the offerings are supposed to sit. Is the Galaxy Tab 7.7 meant to replace a larger tablet? Is it meant to replace your phone? Samsung says the device can fit easily in a coat pocket, but we found it too bulky for that.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel

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For

  • Amazing screen
  • Beautiful design

Against

  • Expensive
  • Text input with onscreen keyboard can be frustrating
  • No Ice Cream Sandwich?

Samsung is no stranger to the sub 10-inch tablet category, having debuted the 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in the past. But where those tablets are more budget-minded, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7-inch tablet is beefier and, as a result, more expensive.

With the Kindle Fire filling the gap for many cost-conscious Android buyers, and the 10-inch tablets still in the price range of iPad and beyond, there's a nice middle ground tucked right between those two. Samsung itself already boasts several entries in the burgeoning tablet market, but is the Galaxy Tab 7.7 the tablet that will fill the gap?

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Decisions like this usually come down to the Benjamins, so it's important to know what you're paying for. A two-year contract version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will set you back $449, while a no-contract version runs a steep $699.

With prices like that, you might consider upgrading to a larger tablet with many of the same features, like Samsung's own Galaxy Tab 10.0 ($429.99 contract / $699.99 without) or even the new iPad ($629.99) which boasts a better display than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7s.

But you're probably reading this to decide if you can stay outside the Apple Zone of Influence. So let's dive under the hood and see what the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has to offer.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity2 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
GPSYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEVDO
Cellular Network SupportedCDMA, CDMA2000, CDMA2000 1xEV
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelA8
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Weight (Approximate)385 g
Service ProviderU.S. Cellular
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Cellular Generation3G
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Height190 mm
Width120.4 mm
Depth11.9 mm
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelGalaxy Tab
Product NameGalaxy Tab Tablet
Manufacturer Part NumberSCH-I800NSAUSC
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Get Everything You Want-To Go

The Samsung Galaxy Tab brings you the media you want and keeps you connected with anyone, anytime. Compact and light, you can keep in touch with people and content through 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n or Bluetooth Wireless Technology 3.0. With a battery life of up to 13 hours and a crisp TFT-LCD display, you're free to communicate, update, and enjoy.

Only 13.58 Ounces

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a 13.58-ounce, 7-inch tablet that slips easily into a pocket or bag. A virtual QWERTY keyboard and SWYPE technology makes e-mail and texting on the go easy-you can type on the Tab either by using both thumbs or by using SWYPE input technology.