One of the hottest gadgets that emerged from the IFA technology show in Berlin is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. The device, which Samsung was forced to pull from the IFA 2011 show following a preliminary injunction issued by a German court, is hugely shaping up to be the strongest rival to Apple iPad 2.
Here are the top 5 features that have made the Tab 7.7 a troubling device for the iPad 2.
Compared to the iPad 2's 9.7-inch LED backlit multi-touch screen, Samsung Galaxy Tab's 7-inch screen looks smaller, but 0.7 of an inch coupled with a Super AMOLED Plus display gives the Tab 7.7 the perfect compact tablet size. The 7.7-inch 1280x800 panel is hugely bright and colorful, and can put the iPad 2′s display to shame. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the first tablet to feature Super AMOLED Plus display.
The iPad 2 stunned the gadget lovers with a thickness of 8.8 millimetres when it was launched earlier this year. But the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has surpassed the iPad 2 measuring just 7.89 millimetres.
Apart from its slim look, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is extremely light. With just 335 grams, it makes the iPad 2 look pretty heavy at 601 grams. Yes, it's not far off half the weight of the iPad 2.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with impressive processing power by a dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, which is 400MHz quicker than the iPad 2′s A5 chip. Although it's difficult declare the winner since the A5 also features an excellent GPU, the Tab does look stronger than the iPad 2.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a 3.15 mega pixel rear facing camera with auto focus, LED flash and geo tagging facilities. The device also comes with a 2 mega pixel front facing camera, which will enable video conferencing.
On the other hand, iPad 2 features a front facing camera, as well as, a rear facing camera, which are less than 1-megapixel and with no flash. The rare facing camera, which is of less quality than other cameras in the market, can record up to 720p HD video.
Apart from the sheer hardware quality, Google's Android Honeycomb OS is another feature that makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 the strongest competitor to iPad 2. Apple itself considers the device as a major threat. Apple's ongoing legal action against Samsung resulted in the Korean Technology giant forcing to pull the tablet from the IFA Electronics show, Europe's biggest consumer electronics fair that is currently being held in Berlin.
Here are the detailed specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
7.7 inches, 1280×800 (WXGA) Super AMOLED Plus
196.7x 133 x 7.89mm, 0.73 pounds
Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
1.4GHz Dual Core application processor
3MP autofocus camera with LED Flash and 2MP camera on the front for video calling; 1080p full HD playback
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz), 802.11n WiFi Ch. Bonding, WiFi Direct; HSPA? 21 Mbps network for faster uploads and downloads.
Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC?, eAAC?, WMA
Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, Xvid
16GB, 32GB or 64GB; expandable through a microSD card slot
5100 mAh offering up to 10 hours of video playback time