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Topic # 95731 11-Jan-2012 20:17 Send private message

First impressions very wow really, screen is beautiful and awesome build quality and materials... more to follow soon.

(Oh, and despite being Honeycomb there is no text entry lag as I type this)

First part of the review is away!

http://www.androidnz.net/2012/02/galaxy-tab-77-real-user-review-part-1.html#more

More to follow over the coming couple of weeks...

Unboxing vid here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjDO3xWdwlc 
 




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  Reply # 567569 11-Jan-2012 20:32 Send private message

How much?
Is 7" enough?

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  Reply # 567570 11-Jan-2012 20:35 Send private message

Do you want to swap it for an Ideos S7?

Well you did ask!

Seriously. Anything on first impression that you don't like about it?



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  Reply # 567642 11-Jan-2012 22:32 Send private message

BigHammer: Do you want to swap it for an Ideos S7?

Well you did ask!

Seriously. Anything on first impression that you don't like about it?


Hah! I think you can hold onto the Ideos for now...

First impressions are extremely good, I'd rather it was stock honeycomb, but that's about the only minor quibble as far as first impressions go... 




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  Reply # 568001 12-Jan-2012 16:03 Send private message

Hi great to see you've got this and plan to review it, given the difficulty in sighting one of these in the flesh here in NZ...

A couple of questions of the top of my head:
  • your impressions of perceived pixel density, sharpness & text resolution in use vs the Note
  • texture/grip - that impressive alloy back looks spiffing but does it feel secure held in one hand?
  • weight - how is it for sustained holding in one hand?  Its getting on to twice as heavy as the note but given its larger size I expect one could hold it proportionately further away, i.e. more opportunity to rest it on something...
And a few more... (back after being inconveniently interrupted by a colleague re trifling work matters)
  • how is its portrayal of black levels / gradation in movie playback mode?  
  • any ability to split the screen to run/view two apps at once (appreciate this may be more of a generic Honeycomb question) - but I'm just back from long road trip I was thinking it would have been great to have a tablet in landscape mode with screen split two or three ways between maps/navigation and music player and/or phone functions.
  • i'm interested how you get on with using an adapter for the proprietary dock - I'm interested from as to how robust and/or awkward it would be to use on the go with say a high capacity micro USB flash drive (which might be appealing as an alternative to micro sd's given the generally higher transfer rates and capacities of USB flash)
 



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  Reply # 568169 13-Jan-2012 00:11 Send private message

OK, GPS on cold lock slower than 3G enabled devices as lacks A-GPS - a minute to lock on first lock in rather GPS-adverse conditions. Hot locks thereafter like within seconds. Definitely GLONASS enabled - saw 15 satellites.

Also, update with my Twitter 'stream of consciousness' for the 7.7 today for those not following:


Interesting, the phone version of Splashtop works perfectly on the #GalaxyTab7.7 - no colour rendering problems...
6 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

...Samsung's doing on the software side, or just having a MUCH better SoC with the Exynos...

So, I'm finding the #GalaxyTab7.7 to be the best performing HC tablet I've used (setting aside the Prime of course), wonder if that's...

Just checked GPS - without A-GPS it's a little slower to kick off, but can confirm that GLONASS support is enabled #GalaxyTab7.7

Whoa, Splashtop works but the colour rendering is extremely funky, makes it difficult to use... Oh, and pen drives on Fat32 work OK...

NTFS not supported in #GalaxyTab7.7 - not surprised but dislike after using the Prime with ASUS added-value file formatting systems support

Oh, and MTP still sucks for transferring files... #GalaxyTab7.7

Zelda OoT looks freakin incredible on SAMOLED HD with HR texture pack! #GalaxyTab7.7

@ least they have done right by the bluetooth stack - seems stock since WiiMotes work (Datel Retro Wireless one is awesome!) #GalaxyTab7.7

#GalaxyTab7.7 USB Host is also seriously borked, PS3 controllers, Logitech Controllers, Portable HDDs, card readers - NOT WORKING

Oh, and the adapters for the other tabs work, by the way!

WTF? Samsung have borked external mouse inputs with the #GalaxyTab7.7 - all buttons are mapped to right click? That's USB AND bluetooth...

@onslaught86 not yet eh, but typing on a physical keyboard is so nice! Who needs a dock for a transforming tablet eh?

Ta-dah! lockerz.com/s/173685010

Man, my iGo Stowaway BT keyboard is awesome with the 7.7!

OK, #GalaxyTab7.7 fully charged, about to go get stupid proprietary connections, then the fun can begin!

AndroidNZ: Sandisk 64GB Micro SDXC cards confirmed WORKING in Galaxy Tab 7.7 bit.ly/oQudPY




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  Reply # 568170 13-Jan-2012 00:12 Send private message

jakenz: Hi great to see you've got this and plan to review it, given the difficulty in sighting one of these in the flesh here in NZ...

A couple of questions of the top of my head:
  • your impressions of perceived pixel density, sharpness & text resolution in use vs the Note
  • texture/grip - that impressive alloy back looks spiffing but does it feel secure held in one hand?
  • weight - how is it for sustained holding in one hand?  Its getting on to twice as heavy as the note but given its larger size I expect one could hold it proportionately further away, i.e. more opportunity to rest it on something...
And a few more... (back after being inconveniently interrupted by a colleague re trifling work matters)
  • how is its portrayal of black levels / gradation in movie playback mode?  
  • any ability to split the screen to run/view two apps at once (appreciate this may be more of a generic Honeycomb question) - but I'm just back from long road trip I was thinking it would have been great to have a tablet in landscape mode with screen split two or three ways between maps/navigation and music player and/or phone functions.
  • i'm interested how you get on with using an adapter for the proprietary dock - I'm interested from as to how robust and/or awkward it would be to use on the go with say a high capacity micro USB flash drive (which might be appealing as an alternative to micro sd's given the generally higher transfer rates and capacities of USB flash)
 


Will get back to your questions tomorrow jakenz, testing video playback thoroughly then... 




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  Reply # 568173 13-Jan-2012 01:20 Send private message

If you are in Auckland, I would be curious to see the 8.9 and 7.7 together at some point.

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  Reply # 568214 13-Jan-2012 08:45 Send private message

networkn: If you are in Auckland, I would be curious to see the 8.9 and 7.7 together at some point.


i think he is in hamilton 







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  Reply # 568298 13-Jan-2012 10:46 Send private message

Nope, in Auckland.

Would be keen to spend some time with the 8.9 - flick me a PM if you're keen to meet up.




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  Reply # 568680 14-Jan-2012 01:13 Send private message

NZtechfreak:iGo Stowaway BT keyboard


sounds cool...

By the way, where did you get iGo Stowaway BT keyboard ? May I ask how much is it?     



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  Reply # 569240 15-Jan-2012 21:25 Send private message

The Stowaway is extremely good, but unfortunately no longer made. It pops up occasionally on Ebay but is quite expensive now (it was perpetually on sale at Expansys and quite cheap when I got mine).

The Logitech BT keyboard for Android is a pretty good alternative, since it's slip in case doubles as a stand, although no where near as portable.




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  Reply # 569450 16-Jan-2012 14:00 Send private message

NZtechfreak: The Stowaway is extremely good, but unfortunately no longer made. It pops up occasionally on Ebay but is quite expensive now (it was perpetually on sale at Expansys and quite cheap when I got mine).

The Logitech BT keyboard for Android is a pretty good alternative, since it's slip in case doubles as a stand, although no where near as portable.

Thanks.. that keyboard’s design looks really cool, lucky you have one. I would probably wait and see if some new stuffs come to market.

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  Reply # 569848 17-Jan-2012 11:53 Send private message

NZtechfreak: The Stowaway is extremely good, but unfortunately no longer made. It pops up occasionally on Ebay but is quite expensive now (it was perpetually on sale at Expansys and quite cheap when I got mine).

The Logitech BT keyboard for Android is a pretty good alternative, since it's slip in case doubles as a stand, although no where near as portable.


I got my ones from wellNZ, you may want to contact them so see if they still have them in stock.

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  Reply # 569850 17-Jan-2012 11:56 Send private message

Jaxson: How much?
Is 7" enough?


Was this purchased from an NZ carrier? If so, which one?



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  Reply # 569853 17-Jan-2012 12:02 Send private message

Via Mobicity, not available anywhere else in NZ at the present time.

Got some vids shot now, will be up to youtube sometime in the evening...




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