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Screen and Interface

By Edward Chester



After the slim and lightness of this tablet, its next best trick is its screen. Despite being only 7.7in it packs in a whopping 1,024 x 768 pixels making for incredibly sharp images. It's an OLED panel too so has superb viewing angles and intense colours. We still have a few reservations about the color accuracy of OLED panels but when they're otherwise this good, we can't really complain.

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Inside, there's a 1.4GHz dual core CPU running the show. The tablet felt reasonably fast but it wasn't completely lag free, though we suspect this may have been down to the demo units having lots of things running at once. You also get 64GB of internal storage, which is plenty to be getting on with, even without adding a microSD card.

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Samsung has given the interface its usual TouchWiz interface tweaks which include modifying the look of the keyboard and the layout of the icons on the homescreen, and the addition of some widgets and Samsung apps. These include the SocialHub for bringing together all your social networks and the Samsung App store, neither of which were properly setup so we can't really make any judgement.

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For the most part, though, the interface is typical Android 3.2, with a great web browser, email client and plenty of apps in the MarketPlace. If recent Samsung history is anything to go by, the video playback support will be class beating as well.

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Overall, while the lack of microUSB is a concern and the build isn't quite as solid as an iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7in is nevertheless a seriously impressive tablet. If you're looking for a smaller alternative to the 9in and 10in tablet, this looks to be the pick of the bunch.

Luan Bach

September 2, 2011, 1:22 am

The screen specs you've listed is wrong. The Samsung's press release and everyone else has it as 1280x800.

Arctic Fox

September 2, 2011, 9:55 am

Whilst there is much to like about this offering from Sammy (I am a fan of the 7 inch ff BTW) no HDMI and no USB are a total deal-breaker. It is one thing to have a proprietary connection to a docking station but there is zero excuse for the lack of standard connections otherwise. Very disappointed to see this, I was looking forward to the inheritor to the original Galaxy tab. What is with the OEMs and tablets? HTC with the overpriced Flyer with the phone os on it (FGS!), same kind of thing from Moto with the Xoom and now Sammy with these serious drawbacks and most of the rest (with the honourable exception of Asus) supplying bottom-feeding crap-tek. Frankly I am not surprised that the fruit company is having such an easy ride of it at the moment.


September 2, 2011, 2:43 pm

A tablet featuring non-standard ports is understandable (and expected) from a company such as Apple which has a legion of gullible marks more than willing to buy into such a scam. But from a company struggling in a distance second it's much harder to understand.
It's a shame too that the back is encased in brush metal which is slippery to the touch even with dry hands.
Still it's a welcome relief to see the 7" form factor still being considered by manufacturers although cost may as much be an issue here given the technology involved.

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