I am a fan of the 7 inch tablet form factor since I tend to take these sized devices on the go with me more than the larger 10 iPad. Samsung has released some amazing Android tablet hardware over the past year and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Verizon LTE is one of the best ever. However, with the Kindle Fire at $199, it is tough to compete with a $500 tablet that comes with at least a $720 value 2-year contract ($700 tablet price without a contract). You can check out a few photos of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in my image gallery.
|Image Gallery: Check out photos of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 with LTE on Verizon Wireless.|
I previously took a look at the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 continues with a super sleek, attractive, and well built design. I couldn't believe how thin it was with barely enough room to squeeze in a 3.5mm headset jack on the top. The display is fantastic and extremely vibrant and when I saw it before the iPad 3 I thought it was the best display ever on a tablet and I almost pulled the trigger on one.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is one of the best Android tablets I have ever tried out and the specs are top notch. The display is stunning and Samsung certainly knows how to get AMOLED display right.
I was a bit disappointed that ICS was not installed on the device since I don't like relying on possible updates that never seem to arrive on a timely basis. LTE is wicked fast and I have gotten great coverage where I live and work.
The traditional Samsung power button is on the upper left with a volume button below that and an interesting infrared port in the middle. I understand this can be used to control your media player.
The microSD and SIM card slots are on the left side. The Samsung charging port is on the bottom, which is a bit of a bummer because I prefer to use microUSB for all of my charging needs. The 3.5mm headset jack is on the top.
The 3.2 megapixel camera and flash are in the upper left of the back. There is a cool brushed silver back panel dominating most of the back with cool dark gray plastic above and below it.
Samsung includes a couple of their apps and utilities, including Samsung Apps, Social Hub, and AllShare. Verizon included a couple of their own utilities , including Media Hub, My Verizon, VideoSurf, and VZ Navigator.
The Peel Smart Remote application uses the IR port on the right side to allow you to control your entertainment system with your Galaxy Tab 7.7.
I thoroughly enjoyed using the tablet-optimized calendar and the Gmail application on the Galaxy Tab.
I carried the Galaxy Tab 7.7 all over with me and if it was priced at $500 with no contract and the option to buy a month of data here and there then I might have purchased one. LTE on Verizon is a joy to use and like other LTE devices I was seeing download speeds in the 20+ Mbps range. Samsung should update this device to ICS soon, but that remains to be seen.
Now that I have my own Samsung Galaxy Note I think my 7 inch HTC Flyer will see less use. The 5.3 inch tablet is nice for on the go usage while my new iPad will be rocking the tablet space at home.