Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a unique size to it
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 which has arrived at Verizon is now available for purchase. It packs a 1.4 Ghz dual core processor in what some would consider to be an odd size. The AMOLED HD screen with a resolution of 1280 by 800 should provide stunning colors on this tablet. While the 4G LTE is a great feature, a bigger one is the size or rather the thickness of this tablet. This one comes in at about 7.9 mm and with that it makes it thin enough to slip into a pocket, though the overall size might make that a little tougher than the 7 inch Galaxy Tab model.
Coming with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), it has Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top of the OS. Since Ice Cream Sandwich is not included, one wonders whether Samsung is going to provide a version for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and at the moment, they have not indicated one way or the other. You can expect to see battery life in the area of 10 hours which is very good for a tablet.
The biggest problem with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the price. At $499.99 with a 2 year contract at Verizon, it makes it very high as compared to the competition. And this is where it will create problems for Samsung. There is no version of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 which is WiFi only. Your only option is to purchase the 4G LTE version from Verizon here in the US.
With the most recent release of the iPad, you can get a WiFi version for $499 which for $30 more, you can purchase the 9.7 inch iPad 2 at Verizon. You are getting 2 inches larger in screen size. Both are dual core. If you want to get the latest iPad with it extremely better resolution, it will run you $629 with a 2 year contract. It is that competition which is going to make it difficult for Samsung to sell a lot of the Galaxy Tab 7.7. The other side of the competition is Amazon with the Kindle Fire and at $199, it has done very well.
Rumors have an iPad Mini coming at 7.85 inches so this may not be all that odd. Could it be that Samsung is in the know about what Apple might be planning and decided to come to market with that size? It could be.