|The photo I took and sent to Stewart when I won!|
I’m a proud owner of both an Apple iPad 1 and 2. They are both excellent devices that “just work”, as Steve Jobs often used to say about his best selling creations. I really never thought I’d need another portable device, since after all, the iPad pretty much filled every function that I’d need it for. When I got my hands on the Samsung Galaxy 7.7, it quickly filled a niche that I never knew was even missing.
First, let’s talk about portability, as these are “mobile” devices. The Galaxy is just so much easier to tote around. I can throw it in my pants pocket without that much of an issue. With its small size, I’ve found myself carrying it around to many more places than I ever did with my iPad. Its 12-ounce weight also makes it very easy to hold in one hand for extended periods of time. I cannot say that same thing about the iPad. I can hold it in one had for about 10 minutes before I start experiencing carpel tunnel like symptoms in my wrist. Another bonus is that the small size actually makes the camera somewhat functional. Taking pictures of video on my iPad2 is just ridiculous. Perhaps that is why there are all these rumors swirling around about a potential iPad-mini. The size truly does make a difference.
Another big plus for the Galaxy is the amazing super-AMOLED screen which is amazingly clear and sharp. It has wonderful HD resolution and makes webpages look vibrant. If there is one downside, it’s the lack of the latest operating system. Alas, it comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and not 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although Samsung and Verizon have both stated that it will come out, that’s about all they’ve said. It’s been eight months now, and still, nothing. That said, the Galaxy is a wonderful device that fills needs that my iPad cannot. Keep up the good work Samsung. THANK YOU VERIZON!
Specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 include the following: