Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE ReviewSamsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE 7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - Interface, Functionality and Internet