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When I held the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, I was hooked. The new Tab is slimmer, has a vastly improved display, more RAM and a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. Here’s a first look at this thin, all-day Honeycomb tablet.

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When I held the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, I was hooked. After all, I’ve been using a Galaxy Tab daily for 14 months. The new Tab is slimmer, has a vastly improved display, more RAM and a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. This combination led me to order a 16 GB Wi-Fi model, and I’ve been enjoying it ever since it arrived. Here’s a first look at the 7.89 millimeter thin device that easily runs all day on a single charge.

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While I’m impressed by most of the hardware, Samsung skimped a little on the cameras. They’re adequate for basic shots or video and video chatting, but won’t replace a modern smartphone. The software is where I find the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 lacking. Oh, it’s obviously usable, or I wouldn’t be using it as my daily device.

But Android 3.2, or Honeycomb, still doesn’t impress me. I prefer Android 4.0 on phones and tablets, so I’m looking forward to the update that Samsung has promised. In the meantime, Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface makes up for some of Honeycomb’s issues. And my hope is that third-party developers will update their apps to take advantage of the high-resolution, but relatively small, tablet display; often icons and text are small because of this. Even with these challenges, this is the fastest small tablet I’ve used yet for browsing, and it’s great for watching video, playing games and social networking.

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  1. Nice unpacking and review. I also love the smaller form factor and have the 7″ Galaxy Tab. I wouldn’t even trade it for an iPad if given to me.

    1. Yup, Peter, I’m really enjoying this device because it can be used anywhere with ease. My iPad is nice, but only in certain scenarios.

      1. You’re right Kevin–for this reason, many of these devices will wind up being brought to work. Same goes for other smartphones and tablets with the Android 4.0 ICS OS. Do you think enterprise IT administrators have prepared adequately? http://bit.ly/AAdwBE

  2. The ME370T 7″ quad core – only if including also a front camera which is rumored to be missing – for 250$ (275$ with taxes here I guess), is much more attractive. Once it is released …
    Such price ranges as for the tab 7.7 are mostly academic, and are cool for professionals (media professionals). I can afford a 7.7″ but it still seems a silly price. I honestly can’t justify it – especially when its not a purchase that is not going to last for more than 18-24 months.

  3. It’s a great tablet – if it only had a textured back in stead of the smooth metalic back it’d be a superb e-reader (comics look great, it’s right size for books) but like the ipad it’s hard to hold upright (think: reading in bed) for any length of time. I think the Nook nailed that in design.

    It is speedy, but I found the wi-fi a little iffy, but I had a dev model, with dev software so i’ll probably root and load a mod.

    The form factor & weight is just right!

  4. I’m waiting till the 32GB version comes out. Also, since I never received a Gingerbread update for my T-mobile Galaxy Tab, I don’t trust Samsung to keep their word about the update until they actually deliver it. Maybe I’m being too cynical but I won’t give them the chance to burn me again.

  5. Great video. What camera are you using to shoot this video? Thanks.

  6. Samsung remove the samsung galaxy tab 7.7 IR Port?

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