Official: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Available At Verizon Wireless March 1

Samsung’s other, other 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.7, will be available through Verizon Wireless starting later this week on March 1. The slim 7-incher will cost $499 with a two year contract (yes, with) for Verizon’s 4G LTE service.

Before you plotz from sticker shock, keep in mind that the Tab 7.7 is pretty tricked out for a small tablet. It boasts a Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1280 x 800 resolution, 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a USB Host port that supports HDMI out.

Still, $499 on contract is a pretty hefty price. Could this be why Samsung isn’t doing so well in the tablet market? (Personally, I think the fact that they keep releasing 7-inch tablets within weeks of each other is kind of a problem.)

It’s not because their tablets aren’t good. When we did a hands-on with the 7.7 at CES we liked what we saw. Watch the video below.

So what would make the Galaxy Tab 7.7 worth that asking price besides being a really good tablet?

Aside from speedy mobile broadband on Verizon’s LTE network, users can also purchase the mobile hotspot capability and connect up to 10 devices. If you couple this with Verizon’s 12GB/month data-only plan, you may not need to worry about Internet at home and certainly not on most trips.

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Since you’re buying a data-only plan for this tablet, you can sign up for a low-cost Voice Over IP (VoIP) service and use the Tab 7.7 for phone calls instead of a smartphone. Obviously you wouldn’t hold it up to your ear, but Bluetooth or wired headsets work just as well with VoIP as with regular calls. I text more than I call, anyway, and could rock a Google Voice account only if necessary.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung also claims that the Tab would make a great entertainment center/hub coupled with the multimedia dock that includes an HDMI out port. Cutting the cable cord is possible as long as you have access to a good source of streaming media. Samsung’s Media Hub has a good collection of movies and TV shows.

The Tab 7.7 is also one of the company’s SAFE devices (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) that includes software, utilities and tweaks that makes the tablet easy to integrate into a corporate workflow without having to compromise on security.

If you can replace your home Internet, mobile phone, or entertainment with the Tab 7.7, it could be worth the cost for you. However, if you’re just looking for a tablet to surf the web, check email, or play games, you might want to skip this one. It’s not like there aren’t 50 choices out there, most of them from Samsung.

If the Galaxy Tab 7.7 intrigues you, try one out at Verizon Wireless on March 1.

Specs:

  • Display: 7.7 inches 1280×800 Super AMOLED Plus
  • OS: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • CPU: 1.4GHz dual-core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Expandable: 32GB micro SD
  • Cameras: 3.2MP with flash, 720p recording (rear); 2MP (front)

Comments

  1. Guthrie says

    Why on earth would someone lock into an android tablet for 2 years? You know Samsung is going to release about 30 upgrades in that timeframe, including far better resolution. For that price it’s absurd. Why anyone would lock into a tablet the way they would a phone right now is beyond my understanding.

  2. The1Llama says

    IS THIS A JOKE?  $499 PLUS A TWO YEAR CONTRACT!

    I figured the iPad 3 (out next week) and the iPad (3s or 4) out by Xmas would KILL OFF all further development of ANY Android Tablet, but this tells me the Android Tablet market is just going to commit business suicide!Face it, the iPad is the iPod of the previous 10 years when the ZUNE and other mp3 players were trying to compete with Apple, but ended falling two steps behind with each model! The only thing that has a CHANCE to compete is a Kindle and that’s only if Amazon can make up the $$$ they lose building them with eBook sales.I predict by the end of the YEAR Apple will have another iPad version out, plus the basic iPad2 will be down to $299, and a special EDUCATION version down to $199, thus KILLING off even the KINDLE market!PEACE!

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