Yes, Samsung makes tablets like Nike make shoes: there's one in virtually every size, and they're all trendy looking. We've seen the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3" phone-tablet. Now we're looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 on Verizon.
When Samsung first announced the Tab 7.7, it caused a few hearts to stir because it's so thin at 7.89mm (0.31 inches), and it has very good specs that eclipse the less expensive Tab 7 Plus. It has the world's first Super AMOLED Plus tablet display and it runs at high resolution: 1280 x 800. There's a dual core Exynos 1.4GHz CPU for extreme speed, and in this version it's paired with Verizon Wireless' speedy LTE 4G network for data (not cellular voice, but you can use VoIP).
This tablet is extremely thin, and has a touch of class that was lacking in some of Samsung's more plasticky products. There's an aluminum back panel and an overall quality look. Plastic antenna caps on the back ensure better reception, though the Tab 7.7 can't beat the Motorola Droid XYBoard 8.2 for LTE reception.
You know the drill: the tablet ships with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and Samsung's pleasing TouchWiz enhancements, but it will get Ice Cream Sandwich at some point. And this is a Verizon tablet, so you know it won't be cheap. It sells for $499 with 2 year contract for the 16 gig model, and $699 without contract. Ouch.
Other goodies include WiFi, Bluetooth, a GPS with GLONASS, and an IR blaster and AV remote (Peel) so you can master your living room's compendium of AV gear. The tablet has a microSD card slot, a front 2MP camera and rear 3.2MP camera. It's available now at Verizon stores.
Here's our Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 video review. Our full review will follow in the coming days. We'll post a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 vs. Motorola XYBoard 8.2 smackdown comparison as well.