"This is your TP NCR Correspondent and Contributing Writer, Mon Arguelles, covering Tab Lab Event at the Eastwood Mall Open Park where Samsung Philippines officially launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. I was already there at 3PM to see for myself this beautiful device, and to try my luck on that Php 25,000 discount!"
Breathtaking. That's how they described this 7.7-inch Android device. And it really is. This is the first time that I've seen a Super AMOLED display on a screen that size.
I took some photos and videos for you TP friends to share my experience with you handling what could be the finest sub 8-inch tablet in the market -- one that's also capable of making phonecalls and text messages.
Front: Earpiece, 2 MP front-facing camera, and the 7.7 inch Super AMOLED Plus Display
Back: Finely crafted brushed aluminum back with 3.15MP camera and LED flash
Right side: Power button and Volume control
Left side: SIM card and micro-SD slot.
Bottom: Speakers, microphone, proprietary port USB connector
Top: 3.5mm audio jack
Here are 2 demo videos. First video shows the hardware and the user interface:
Second video shows the display quality of the Tab 7.7:
Notice how the Super AMOLED Display maintained its clarity and vibrancy despite the daylight glare.
1. Hardware - In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the most gorgeous 7-inch tablet that you are going to see in the market... Bar none. (technically it's not 7 inches but the tech blogging world generally puts it in that category). The semi-gloss brushed aluminum finish of the device looks and feels sleek. Holding it, it's as if I am running my hand on a sportscar. But what really caught my attention is the Super AMOLED Plus display. I have yet to see the Super IPS display on the ASUS Transformer Prime but for me, this is the best tablet display in the market that I saw with my own eyes. The screen exhibited vibrant colors, wide viewing angles, deep blacks, and sunlight legibility which can only be found before in smartphones.
2. Software - The Touchwiz interface runs smoothly on top of Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. I've used the slightly smaller Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and I find the user experience to be similar. On-screen icons and keypads are responsive to touch commands. This is also customized for use primarily in portrait mode, which - in a way - sets it apart from the larger Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1.
3. Points for improvement - The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is an excellent tablet/phone hybrid based from my initial observations. But in terms of quick response, it's dual core processor might pose a limitation when it goes head to head with the likes of the newly-released ASUS Transformer Prime which uses a Quad-Core processor to run Android 4.0 the Ice Cream Sandwich. Also, I'm thinking an S-Pen stylus similar to that of the Galaxy Note would also be perfect for a tablet with this screen size.
TP Contributing Writer Profile: Mon Arguelles is a graduate of Environmental Management, a joint program of the Ateneo De Manila University and University of San Francisco. He’s currently taking up his MBA. He is a part-time professor and environmental researcher but considers being updated about the latest technological trends to be one of his favorite pastimes.