Update 2/05/2012 with the addition of video –
Our colleagues at eLaptopComputer UK took the IFA to take control of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, this is their first review. The first Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Android tablet was the first to really compete with the iPad. But there was a downside. The Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 revolved which was designed for smartphones. And since tablets using Honeycomb version of the operating system have given an old wound to the Tab.
But rejoice, Samsung is back with a Galaxy Tab 7.7, a tablet that combines portability with a mature operating system. The price and availability have not yet been announced.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is one of the thinnest tablet we’ve seen. With its 7.9 mm thick, it beats the iPad 2 (8.8 mm). It is also incredibly lightweight (335 gr) so that it is quickly forgotten at the bottom of a backpack or purse.
Below the screen is a button that takes you back to the tablet’s home screen. The back cover is adorned with a brushed metal finish that replaces the plastic of the first Galaxy Tab. There is a 3 megapixel camera. This may seem a bit tight but we think this choice was dictated by the need to save space. At the front there is a 2 megapixel camera for video calls.
There is not much to say about the design of the Tab 7.7 which is both chic and end.
Screen Super AMOLED Plus
The screen is very good. This is a Super AMOLED Plus screen technology that has proven fat on the Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone. It is very colorful and bright. Its resolution of 280×800 pixels 1 will be able to view photos and videos in high resolution.
We still await a Honeycomb tablet whose screen is capable to compete with the iPad 2. So we cross our fingers and all that it is possible to cross that this tablet is good.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb. This is the Android version dedicated to tablets that will bring you some delicacies like tabbed browsing, Flash support in the browser and a slew of applications via the Android Market. We must be aware that the number of specific applications for Honeycomb is further reduced for the moment.
Samsung has radically customized the default Honeycomb interface, with icons and widgets that make it look like that of the Galaxy S2. There is a button that allows to catch everything that appears on the screen. If you tap the gray bar at the bottom of the screen, it opens a bar full of applications tasks, we imagine, must be customized.
There is also a task manager that allows you to intervene if an application crashes or if you find that the tablet goes wrong.
Historically, we are rather reserved towards custom interfaces by manufacturers because they rarely make things better, and updates are often expected. But since we have not completely hated what Samsung did with the Galaxy S2, we remain optimistic for the Tab 7.7.
A muscular processor
It is pleased that Samsung has incorporated a 1.4 GHz processor in this new tablet, giving it some serious power. We have not had the opportunity to actually test during this brief grip, but it seemed to us fast, without latency or jolts when we launched applications and sailing on the screens Home.
This means that the processing power is expected to run a number of applications at once or run graphically demanding games without slowdown. We’ll see when we will make our benchmarks when testing the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Our only cause for concern is the autonomy that could suffer from a screen and a processor as powerful. This again is something that we will test carefully. The Tab 7.7 will be available in versions 16, 32 and 64 GB, but it is still unclear its price and availability. We really would like it to be cheaper than the iPad 2, thing Sony has failed to do with its Tablet S and P.
We are excited about the Galaxy Tab 7.7. It retains the size of the first version with a design much thinner and lighter, Android Honeycomb and a faster processor. Our first impressions are good, rest 2 unknowns that could tip the balance: the price and autonomy. We will therefore refine our judgment in our full review.
The test in English on eLaptopComputer.UK