I have owned my Samsung Tab 7.7 for about a month now so thought I'd share my opinion with others who might be looking at purchasing one. Firstly I should explain that mine is the 3G model and was bought in the Middle East for around £400. Something that I found unclear when looking at reviews back in February was the TV Universal Remote function. Just to clarify, an email to Samsung UK revealed that it is only available for the American market, which is a great shame. Therefore mine doesn't have the IR transmitter built in on one side. I was aware of this before I purchased it, but decided to get one anyway. I can imagine anyone being disappointed had they expected it because of reviews they had read beforehand. Perhaps Samsung could make that a little clearer in the description on their UK site. The only indication I saw was the omission of the function in the tech specs.
Anyway, that aside, full marks to Samsung for producing a superb piece of kit. Screen is as good as you have probably read already. I did a direct comparison with the 7.0 plus model in store, and the screen just pops! Build quality, with the metal back, makes the 7.7 stand out from the crowd. Mind you, as has been written about elsewhere, it does make it feel like it's going to slip from your grasp quite easily. So a gel or leather case is vital. Shame to hide it away, but that's possibly the case with most tablets, apart from possibly the Sony. I have a leather book type case on order. Hope I don't drop it before it arrives!
Now I like both Samsung and Apple products. But I travel a lot so chose the 7.7 over a Samsung 8.9 and Ipad due size and weight mainly. My other concerns with the Ipad was a lack of a micro sd card slot and having to convert all my video files to play on it. And I wasn't prepared to jailbreak it. The 7.7 just plays anything!
So a month on and I can honestly say I am happy with the tablet. Its fast, screen size and clarity for surfing the "interweb" is great, even with my old eyes. Battery life is good, seems to hang in there forever. I particularly like the screen capture function, very quick and easy, ideal when you just want to record some information on the fly for later. And I have found myself using the tablet at home, instead of my laptop, more often than I originally thought I would.
Now the Ipad 3 has been released, I'm sure all media attention will be diverted towards it, and quite rightly too. But anyone in the market for a smaller size tablet could do a lot worse than take a look at this offering from Samsung, Good luck with whatever you choose.