Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 review: Hands-on

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

What is a hands on review?
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Following the recent legal fiasco surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 the Korean tech giant is back, refreshing its original tablet and launching the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at IFA 2011.

Packing the latest edition to the Galaxy Tab family with a host of high-end goodies the 7.7 touts a 1280 x 800p Super AMOLED Plus display giving the device a striking first impact with beautifully bright colours and a high contrast ration whilst remaining highly responsive to touch controls.

The 7.7’s good looks extend further than its stunning display with a 7.89mm thick minimalist design see it land almost a millimetre thinner than Apple’s iPad 2 yet maintaining a sturdy and comfortable fit in the hand.

Combining a 1.4GHz dual-core processor with the latest version of Google’s tablet- centric Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS has resulted in a fast, easy to use device which on first impressions is by far the best of the current breed of 7-inch tablets. Apps are quick to open and run smoothly, switching between jobs is a breeze as is browsing the web with PC-style multiple tab browsing.

Despite its minimalist form the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7’s brushed aluminium rear provides not only a high-end look to the device but a sturdy finish that makes the portable device feel solid, flexing little whilst under strain and showing a strong build quality.

With tablets not renowned for their high performance snappers Samsung looks to have followed the trend with its latest 7-inch device. Whilst the tablet’s 3-megapixel rear mounted camera is capable of producing shots of an acceptable manner it is far from overwhelming with a visible grain to snaps and little depth given to images.

Looking to put the issues of the 10.1 behind it Samsung with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has once again reaffirmed its position as the lead manufacturer of high-end Android tablets.

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.