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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

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Interface and Functionality:

While the advancements that Samsung has managed to achieve in the design department with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 are pretty significant, what it has done in the software field is even more important. Largely thanks to the helping hand of Google, the Tab 7.7 now runs Honeycomb 3.2. It goes without saying that the tablet experience is now much better, compared to what we had with the OG Tab and its Froyo power.

On top of Google's futuristic Android 3.2, however, Samsung has naturally chosen to layer its TouchWiz UX user interface. Thinking about it, it actually makes much sense for the company to do so. After all, who would you like your product to appeal to – a relatively small group of geeks, or the much broader mass audience, which doesn't care about robots and stuff, but just wants a quality product to cater to its daily internet communication and multimedia needs. TouchWiz does just that – makes the Galaxy Tab 7.7 look like a friendlier tablet, which is here to help, rather than wow.

The so-called TouchWiz UX comes with a Live Panel menu for customizing the home screens on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 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. Of course, Samsung's Social and Music Hubs, as well as the Samsung Apps store are also here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 layered with its TouchWiz UX user interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 layered with its TouchWiz UX user interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 layered with its TouchWiz UX user interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 layered with its TouchWiz UX user interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 layered with its TouchWiz UX user interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 layered with its TouchWiz UX user interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 layered with its TouchWiz UX user interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 layered with its TouchWiz UX user interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 layered with its TouchWiz UX user interface


Apps like Contacts and Calendar have also been customized in order to have a more from-this-world appearance and feel. We were pleasantly surprised to find that typing on the portrait QWERTY keyboard of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is actually a comfortable experience, due to the appropriate width of the device, coupled with its light weight. Our feelings aren't the same when it comes to the landscape keyboard, as: a) the 7.7” tablet isn't big enough for the purpose, and b) you'll surely need to have the device rested on a table or dock or something else, in order to be able to type this way. The latter, of course, is valid for all tablets out there, but it's just one more reason why you should rather stick with the portrait QWERTY here.

Contacts - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
The Calendar app - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

Contacts

The Calendar app

  

The QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
The QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

The QWERTY keyboard


Thankfully, the web experience seems to be pretty good with the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Due to the fast dual-core processor of 1.4 GHz, basic navigation is comfortable, with smooth scrolling and zooming (panning while doing pinch-to-zoom is available), while the Flash Player performance is just great, and we hope it will get even better in the final version of the device.

The web experience is pretty good - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
The web experience is pretty good - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
The web experience is pretty good - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
The web experience is pretty good - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

The web experience is pretty good


The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has relatively straightforward camera interface, with minimalistic fonts and plenty of options to play around for the 3MP camera on the back, and the front-facing one for video chat. We took a few shots for you to check out, but would not comment on their quality, as this isn't a final unit.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

Camera interface


Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

Strong

Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples



Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Indoor Sample:




In terms of multimedia capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 features the above-mentioned Music Hub that allows you to make music purchases, as well as Samsung's own music player app. With its dual-core Tegra 2 chipset though, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is capable of flawlessly running 1080p videos, and, as you can imagine, watching them on the big Super AMOLED Plus display is awesome. This area, along with photo viewing, is where the screen shines the most, with its saturated colors and glorious contrast levels.

The Music Hub and the Music player interfaces of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
The Music Hub and the Music player interfaces of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
The Music Hub and the Music player interfaces of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

The Music Hub and the Music player interfaces of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7



Expectations:

It doesn't take a genius to see that Samsung is unleashing the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in order to replace its now aging OG Galaxy Tab. So, we should be looking at it in two contexts: one is how it performs as a successor, and the other is simply how it compares to the rest of the similar tablet offerings out there.

First of all, we are convinced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is indeed a great improvement over the manufacturer's pilot tablet. This is backed by a number of things, including the much thinner and better feeling chassis, the cheerful and hi-res Super AMOLED Plus display, along with the faster, dual-core processor, allowing for superior Flash Player performance in the browser. The most important advancement however, has been made with regards to the software running on the tablet. Without a doubt, the Android 3.2 operating system makes a world of difference, as the device faster, more productive and efficient in its performance and capabilities.

Shifting our attention to the rest of the tablet landscape, we do believe that compact solutions like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 have a place there. The Tab 7.7 will be the tablet of choice for many of those users, as its dimensions are comparable to those of current 7” products, but at the same time it packs a slightly larger screen. In addition, it steps up its game with regards to design and build quality, utilizing some nice materials and having that ultra-thin profile. Also important is the fact that it is very lightweight, at only 11.82 oz (335 g). For comparison, the 7” HTC Flyer weighs 14.82 oz (420 g).

Before we jump to a conclusion however, we should all remember that this product isn't yet launched on the market, and a concrete release date is still missing. This means that pretty much anything can change until then, so we'll just cross our fingers and hope that it won't be long before we finally see the retail units hit the shelves (and that their price will be somewhat reasonable).


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Video Preview:


This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.

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posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:18 8

1. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Want.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:24 3

2. 1stPrimeSuspect (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


When will these tablets become phone enabled? No you will not hold it up to your ear but you could voice dial with a Bluetooth Headset. I beleive as many of my friends do that this is next step in one device for everything.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:32 1

3. JWILL (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


I agree... I would love to use this as a phone with bluetooth. That would be so much better than using 2 or 3 devices. I guess you could just get a Skype account. Are they going to have a wifi only Galaxy Tab 7.7? If so, I will consider buying that instead of the iPad 2.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 13:17

28. Randy (unregistered)


Just use Skype with a bluetooth. I do it on my Xoom!

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 11:07

39. Rajat Sareen (unregistered)


how much it cost for skype credit in india?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:46

4. danman7200 (unregistered)


you mentioned tegra2!!!! i surely hope you got that wrong as I was under the impression this was using exynos processor. i will not buy it if is has that POS tegra2 inside it.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 14:52

20. Crusadion (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)


What do you have against Tegra?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:47

5. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Why is there a ''Nokia world event'' on one of the screen captures. lol

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 04:55

18. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


MAybe Nokia is launchig it's first WP7 soon at the event ?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 11:54 6

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3840; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wow the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the sexiest 7" tablet ever. I can't wait until this comes out. I want a Wi-Fi version for my wife. It's perfect for her. She is in the market for a smaller tablet & this is clearly the winner. I can't wait until it's released. This is a sick little tablet.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:16

19. A Woman! (unregistered)


How ignorant of you!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 14:02

7. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Can we make calls using this tab? Please suggest

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 17:18

8. pyrothrax (unregistered)


Actually from where I live... This Tablet has voice capabilities (the whole 9 yards)... and we also do Video Conferencing on it thru the provider....no hitches.... really fast too.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 17:20

9. pyrothrax (unregistered)


oh... I forgot to mention that we can use bluetooth for voice calling from where I live for the Galaxy Tab 7.7.... really nifty...

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 15:21 1

11. Ananymous (unregistered)


why dont you keep the screen size the same as the first galaxy?
why did you take out the SIM slot?

you shot your self in the foot, this is your big advantage over other competitors.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:00

14. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


The proprietary port has me very disappointed.

It's enough of a problem to make myself wait for something better later on.

Too bad.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 21:23 1

15. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I hope that Samsung will give their future smartphones the same premium materials instead of black plastic all the time. Tablet is looking good.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 22:26

16. jhonny relax (unregistered)


by the time 7.7 comes out for sale, the other competitor will be having a better tablet.. and we will think twice to buy 7.7..

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 00:54

17. Gadget Hunter (unregistered)


Good Job ! Samsung....... This is going to be killer. I have compare all other make of 7", 8.9 Tablet, this will be the one that i want. Good proportion screen size, if you compare to P...B, Opt...s, Fly..r, Vie...P 7x, Ico..a, G-...t, Med..P.D, Del...K 7, Tab 7.7 is a winner in every field. Please get it to the market fast......will be as HOT as IP2... When will it hit Asia market?

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 06:45

21. notech (unregistered)


did you know that there have appeared malignant tumours in users heads that are the same shape as bluetooth head set pieces?
50% increase in testicular cancer in the past 10 years?

what are the EMR levels on these radiation gadgets?

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 07:58

22. losuvno123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


nice
I hope that Samsung will give their future smartphones the same premium materials instead of black plastic all the time. Tablet is looking good.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 01:38

23. Awood (unregistered)


The Samsung Tab 7.7 is brilliant! I want to buy it. It's way better, faster, brighter and lighter than iPad. Shame on Apple for suppressing this great competitor's product everywhere. Apple loses me forever for its high-handedness! Does anyone know when the Samsung Tab 7.7 will be available in Asia?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 01:41

24. Awood (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Sep 2011)


The Samsung Tab 7.7 is brilliant! I want to buy it. It's way better, faster, brighter and lighter than iPad. Shame on Apple for suppressing this great competitor's product everywhere. Apple loses me forever for its high-handedness! Does anyone know when the Samsung Tab 7.7 will be available in Asia?

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 12:23

25. dacastrator (unregistered)


Here in asia, galaxy tabs of what ever model are also phones, they have sim card slots. You will be able to connect to the internet via 3G, able to texts and call (with a wired headset or bluetooth).

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:42

27. pavlik (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


oh i want it so much .can anyone buy me one?!

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 00:06

36. Munk (unregistered)


I use my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" for phone calls on the T-Mobile USA network every day. Through a modem swap hack, I can use voice + 2G or swap into 3G mode without voice. My question is why do USA carriers block these functions when in Europe you can do both without issue?

I would love to purchase this new 7.7" Galaxy Tab if it had the SIM slot for phone capabilities. Even with the crippling need to swap modem drivers (2G/3G) I still find the current Galaxy Tab 7" the most useful phone I have ever seen or used. It also slips into all of my pants pockets without problem. I cannot even look at a dinky 3.5" screen anymore without wanting to get sick from how tiny it is.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 10:20

37. Matt (unregistered)


No doubt this is the one that most people are expect to replaced its successor but will it have a same cellular function as the 7.0 offer?

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 08:35

38. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The only tablet that has me drooling. Want.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 09:54

41. dr.jimmy (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


who knows when this 7.7 tablet will launch

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 22:31

42. jackyii (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


Who know when will it be available in malaysian market?? i've been waitting for this...

posted on 18 Nov 2011, 08:47

43. blacksubang (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


I REALY NEED SOME HELP HERE...
DOES THE TAB 7.7 HAVE THE SIM CARD SLOT THAT CAN BE USE FOR VOICE CALL CONNECTION? AS I KNOW IT IS ONLY FOR DATA CONNECTION....PLZ HELP ME!!!!!!!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 01:21

44. donnh21 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


i already have it and it is truly amazing tab ever super speedy processor make me feel im holding awesome power in my hand, and the graphics your eyes will popup features an impressive AMOLED screen with an incredible contrast ratio thanks to the super amoled display i enjoyed somuch for this gadget, and also thanks to samsung im free for that jailed apple ios and terreble junk free ios useless crap, im planing to sell my ipad, i think i found the best that im looking for.

ps. pls. have abailable update from honeycomb to icecream sandwich, thanks...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

OS: Android 4.0.4 3.2
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Display7.7 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (196 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1400 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size7.74 x 5.24 x 0.31 inches
(196.7 x 133 x 7.89 mm)
11.82 oz  (335 g)

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