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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

Like other Android tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with the default Android 3.2 browser, and it is fairly standard and straightforward. But like other tablets in the sub 10-inch range, browsing the web - especially at text-heavy sites - feels like browsing on a mobile phone. As a result of the larger screen size however, the browser acts like a desktop browser, and does not load mobile versions of websites.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 7  Verizon The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a motion tilt feature that allows you to zoom in by holding two thumbs and tilting the device toward or away from you, but it still isn't better than tapping to zoom on an article or section of a page you're visiting. Turning the tablet sideways will help, but then you feel like you're only browsing a site on the top half of a larger tablet.

Where the browser does do a good job is with Flash. We visited several sites that are Flash-heavy, including a Basecamp chatroom, and SpeedTest.net. While the Flash isn't exactly warp speed, it loads fine and handles just like it would on a laptop.

Using chat in Flash was a bit frustrating due to our issues with the onscreen keyboard, but once we connected a Bluetooth keyboard, things were just fine. As a note, using Flash video is great, although it requires the installation of a plugin. We aren't sure why that doesn't come pre-loaded, especially since Flash on a tablet is a badge of honor for Android.

Hopefully, the Android version of Google Chrome will come to this tablet soon, which might fix some of the browser issues. Right now the beta is "Not compatible with your device," so we couldn't even give it a test run.

Of course, Chrome won't make the screen larger, but it might help with making sites more readable. The built-in loads pages very quickly, but like the Honeycomb UI, it frequently suffers from lag while browsing.

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.