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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review

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Interface and Functionality:

In an era where Ice Cream Sandwich is becoming more prevalent amongst devices, Samsung’s beauty relies on the same typical experience found with other released tablets of yesterday. Fortunately, we’re forgiving in finding Samsung’s TouchWiz UX user interface layered on top of Android 3.2 Honeycomb – that’s because there isn’t a dramatic difference with the overall presentation of ICS for tablets. As we’ve come to expect, the so-called TouchWiz UX comes with a Live Panel menu for customizing the home screens on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE with pictures, bookmarks, and social network feeds. It also includes a “Mini Apps” tray for commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player. Not much added value here with these mini-apps, but as long as their presence doesn't bog down the interface speed, we can live with them. 

The Samsung TouchWiz UX can be found on top of the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Samsung TouchWiz UX can be found on top of the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Samsung TouchWiz UX can be found on top of the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Samsung TouchWiz UX can be found on top of the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Samsung TouchWiz UX can be found on top of the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Samsung TouchWiz UX can be found on top of the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Samsung TouchWiz UX can be found on top of the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Samsung TouchWiz UX can be found on top of the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review

The Samsung TouchWiz UX can be found on top of the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS



Not as practical to type in landscape versus other larger sized tablets, we actually prefer typing in portrait mainly because of the appropriate width of the device, which enables for a comfortable experience. Initially, some practice is required in getting accustomed to its three options, which include the stock, Samsung, and Swype keyboards, but once mastered, we’re able to keep a moderate response.

The landscape keyboard is not as practical as the one in bigger tablets - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The landscape keyboard is not as practical as the one in bigger tablets - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The landscape keyboard is not as practical as the one in bigger tablets - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review

The landscape keyboard is not as practical as the one in bigger tablets



Apps like Contacts, Calendar, and Email have also been customized in order to have a more from-this-world appearance and feel. And since it boasts the always wonderful Gmail experience, it proves in making us more productive due to its rich set of features and organizational layout. Setup, as usual, is a process as it requires only our email address and password.

Calculator - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
Calendar - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
Contacts - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review

Calculator

Calendar

 

Contacts



The Email client has been customized as well - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Email client has been customized as well - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Email client has been customized as well - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The Email client has been customized as well - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review

The Email client has been customized as well



Being a Verizon bound device, it’s stuffed to the roof with the usual carrier branded apps such as Backup Assistant, V CAST Apps, My Verizon Mobile, and VZ Navigator. Furthermore, bloatware is in full force with this one as it’s preloaded with AllShare, Blockbuster, Dead Space, Quickoffice, the Daily, UNO, VideoSurf, and Netflix. Remember that IR blaster? Well, it works in tandem with the Peel Smart Remote app that essentially turns the tablet to a universal remote. Yeah, it’s not something that takes precedence over other things, but nonetheless, it’s a nice addition to this media-centric tablet.

The device is stuffed with the usual carrier applications - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The device is stuffed with the usual carrier applications - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The device is stuffed with the usual carrier applications - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The device is stuffed with the usual carrier applications - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The device is stuffed with the usual carrier applications - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
The device is stuffed with the usual carrier applications - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review

The device is stuffed with the usual carrier applications




Processor and Memory:

Running an ARM-based 1.4GHz dual-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, it pumps out some favorable results with various benchmark tests, but sadly, we’re sorely underwhelmed by its real-world performance. Certainly, it goes to show that benchmark tests can’t be trusted entirely. Even though it’s pretty responsive with most mundane tasks such as opening apps and pinch zooming in the gallery, it’s marred by a sluggish and choppy performance when it’s tested with graphically intensive live wallpapers. Honestly, it’s so bad that it causes some noticeable instances of pauses with certain operations – thus, softening its entire processing punch.

Advertised with 16GB of memory, it actually equates to 12.67GB of total free space out of the box. Thankfully, it’s ready to be supplemented thanks to its available microSD card slot.


Internet and Connectivity:

Nowadays, 4G LTE is a common staple with most of the devices in Big Red’s stable – and that’s what we find on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as well. Frankly, we can’t stop falling in love with the blazing speeds we’re able to obtain with the tablet, but at the same time, the entire web browsing experience is remarkably lovable thanks to its flawless execution. Specifically, not only does it handle pinch gestures and kinetic scrolling with no fluff, but its performance doesn’t strain with heavy Flash content. In fact, it maintains its buttery smooth response at all times!

In the event that 4G LTE connectivity is lacking, it will resort to EV-DO Rev. A speeds instead. Along for the ride as well, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE also features aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE was blazing fast thanks to the 4G LTE connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE was blazing fast thanks to the 4G LTE connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE was blazing fast thanks to the 4G LTE connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review
Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE was blazing fast thanks to the 4G LTE connectivity - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Review

Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE was blazing fast thanks to the 4G LTE connectivity




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posted on 12 Mar 2012, 11:09

1. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


nice dame verizon

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 11:12 4

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


there goes phone arena putting down the camera on A TABLET

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 11:25

3. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I could have make exception for camera but c'mon sluggish performance?

HELL NOoooo!!!

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 12:03 3

4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


It's "sluggish" because of Honeycomb regardless of Exynos inside it.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 20:49

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5632; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yes, he's absolutely right.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 13:45

7. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It's really not that bad. Initial action on the ui may start sluggish but once it's moving, it's pretty smooth.

Can't wait for ICS

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 12:07 2

5. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


The day I went to get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Verizon is the day this came out. And because this came out Verizon had send all the 10.1s back to their distribution center because it's been labeled as end of life. So I had 4 tablets to choose from the Droid Xyboard 10.1 and 8.9, an iPad and this POS.

So I played with this, and it is no where near worth the $500 price tag. The screen feels smaller than the very first Galaxy Tab 7 inch. It is incredibly slow and sluggish even when swiping between different screens, even after a shut down and restart. The Xyboards were whomping this thing into the pavement in performance.

So for $30 extra I got the Xyboard 10.1.

If they put a $200 price tag on this piece of junk, it would be worth it then.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 13:03

6. imkyle (Posts: 1015; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


This is a little sluggish considering the hardware. Ice Cream Sandwich needs to be on the Galaxy Tab's to show its true potential.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 20:49

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5632; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'd be seriously eyeing a Wi-Fi variant myself. o:

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 12:12

10. Twiknight (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Do you know when will the ICS update come?

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 11:29

14. racheted69 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


It is already out and I could not update do to a processor problem. I am sending my into the factory and having a new one sent back out wit ics on it. You need to take it in to a store see if they can help you with the update.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 16:12

11. greyhulk (Posts: 121; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Why do they always mention sluggish performance with a live wallpaper on? It's true of every Android device and competing devices don't even have the option of a live wallpaper, so it seems moot.

The price point is kind of retarded, given you can get the new iPad for the same price without a contract and no data contract. Why do they keep doing this to Android devices?

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