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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
Samsung gets hit over the head again by Apple and a German court

Remember that striking new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 that was unveiled just a few days ago at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany? Well, Samsung has already pulled the promotional material and prototypes off the show floor.

SlashGear first noticed this yesterday, and a spokesman for Samsung simply stated, "Samsung has removed the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from our stand at IFA. We cannot make any further comment as we have not received an official statement from the court.” 

Bloomberg confirmed that a Dusseldorf court on Friday granted Apple's request to add the Galaxy Tab 7.7 to the list of banned Samsung devices in Germany. As a result, Samsung is forbidden from selling or marketing the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in that country.

“Samsung respects the court’s decision,” said Samsung spokesman James Chung to Bloomberg. He went on to add that Apple's actions in this matter “severely limits consumer choice in Germany.” 

As its name implies, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a 7.7" Super AMOLED display with a 1280x800 resolution. The tablet also packs a 5,100 mAh battery, 1.4GHz dual-core processor, up to 64GB of storage, microSD slot, 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, rear- and front-facing cameras, and GPS. 

A court injunction in early August weighed heavily in Apple's favor, as it banned all sales and marketing of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union. That ruling was largely scaled back, however, and was limited to just Germany (the Dusseldorf court did not have the authority to expand it's ban hammer to other entities in the European Union).

Outside of the European Union, Apple has also succeeded in preventing the sales and marketing of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung later decided to give up fighting the injunction and will instead wait until a final ruling is handled down on September 26 regarding its fate in the country. 

Apple is on the warpath when it comes to protecting the sales of its cash cow iPad. Using rather "diplomatic" language, the Cupertino, California-based company in an April lawsuit chided Samsung; "Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products."

Apple delivered an even more snarky statement to journalist Ina Fried expressing its frustration with Samsung's "copy machine". "It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”



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Three things....
By tayb on 9/4/2011 10:40:51 AM , Rating: -1
1. Samsung is most definitely blatantly taking design cues from Apple. Their hardware is eerily similar, their add-on crap UI is eerily similar, and they package their products eerily similar to Apple. Samsung is as close as you could possibly get to a Chinese ripoff of Apple.

2. Who cares. We'll look back on this era and cases like these as we justify serious and far-reaching patent reform and lawsuit reform. Patenting a square design? For realz dawg?

3. A 7.7" tablet is dumb anyways. Too small to be used as a useful tablet and way too big to replace your phone. If it doesn't fit in your pocket you may as well make it big. Serious question, why would you buy this instead of the 10.1"?




RE: Three things....
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/4/2011 11:03:51 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
3. A 7.7" tablet is dumb anyways. Too small to be used as a useful tablet and way too big to replace your phone. If it doesn't fit in your pocket you may as well make it big. Serious question, why would you buy this instead of the 10.1"?


Well, I bought into the tablet craze a few months ago, and then cashed out recently.

I bought a 16GB iPad 2 a few months back from Target. I also have an sub 3-pound notebook and an iPhone 4. I liked the iPad, and it was actually pretty cool to use, but it ended up being more of a replacement for my iPhone than my notebook.

When I needed to type something longer than a few sentences, I always ran to my notebook. My iPhone, on the other hand, sat on the table and was only used to make phone calls (whereas before it had become my go-to multimedia/goof-off device).

So in the end, juggling three devices ended up being a waste of money and time. When it came down to it, I needed my laptop and I needed my iPhone. The iPad was just a superfluous device that didn't really help me be more productive at all.

A few other notes:

1) I can type faster on my iPhone than I can on the iPad which you have to hold awkwardly with two hands
2) I can type with one hand on the iPhone (i.e., hold it with my left hand and type with my left thumb or vice versa)
3) With a few exceptions, everything I did on my iPad I could do on my iPhone
4) The iPad is not highly transportable. I can stick my iPhone in my pocket -- the iPad requires a bag or a man purse. If I need to carry around a bag, I might as well bring my my more powerful notebook.
5) The real kicker -- my iPhone can do just about everything my iPad can, plus it's a phone.

So I returned it to Target and got all of my money back (after having it for a little over two months).


RE: Three things....
By tayb on 9/4/2011 11:21:03 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see any justification for owning a tablet if you already own a notebook besides "cool, I have a new gadget." If you don't have a notebook at all I can see the justification but even then you would probably be better served spending that $500 on a good notebook than on a tablet.

I just don't understand the 7.7" tablet market. I don't see ANY use cases where I would rather have that than a bigger tablet or a notebook.


RE: Three things....
By Tony Swash on 9/4/11, Rating: 0
RE: Three things....
By koenshaku on 9/4/2011 12:02:50 PM , Rating: 2
I saw that it was a big phone that didn't make calls early on yeah you can watch netflix on it and its easier to hold, but that is also on my xbox 360 I would turn my tv on for first. Which is ultimately why I am waiting on a good windows tab within my budget which is looking more like windows 8 at this point. I guess the 7.7" is targeted for women and asians with small hands?


RE: Three things....
By dark matter on 9/4/2011 12:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
Wait a minute, you said you were setting up for your 80 year old aunt. And then it seems you didn't let her use it, because you were too busy doing all those things with it.

Gee, sure glad I don't have you in my family.


RE: Three things....
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/4/2011 1:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
LMAO! He probably told her that he needed to take it home so that he could "install some virus software on it" and that he'll bring it back next week ;)


RE: Three things....
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/4/2011 1:11:08 PM , Rating: 2
You see, even in the situations you listed, I found the iPad to be inferior:

On the couch: you still have to prop the iPad up with your hands which gets tiring (even though it only weighs 1.5 pounds). Or you could rest it on your lap as you are sitting up in the couch, but then you have to slouch your body over to look at the screen as it lays flat on your lap.

With a laptop, it's sitting on your lap while on the couch, and the screen is directly in front, you only have to shift your eyes/head down slightly to read.

In bed reading: similar situation, in that I have to sit up in bed with either the iPad or the notebook. In actuality, I prefer reading on my iPhone than either the iPad or the notebook. Because I can lay on my side with my head on the pillow, and hold the iPhone with one hand and read.

Playing games: the iPad may have a much larger screen, but I find gaming to be much better on the iPhone. It's easier to maneuver for motion controlled games, and games that require button presses are much more intuitive on the smaller iPhone than on the larger, harder to grasp naturally iPad.

Even playing a game as simple as Angry Birds while sitting down is a far inferior experience IMHO on the iPad than on the iPhone. You're holding a 1.5-pound device in one hand while swiping/pulling with your index finger on the opposite hand...

...Versus the iPhone which weighs a few ounces doing the same action. Tell me which one gets tiring faster!

Checking info like weather/TV schedules: smartphones excel at this. Pull it out of your pocket, weather information is right there, stick it back in your pocket. An iPad will never be that user friendly. Oh, and if you want to be able to check weather/TV schedules anywhere, you'd better have the 3G version. But oh wait, you're foolish self is now paying for TWO data contracts -- one for your smartphone, and one for your tablet!! :)

Bottom line, I'm sure that people that don't REALLY need a PC would do fine with a tablet. For me personally, a capable smartphone + a light notebook is a hard combo to beat.


RE: Three things....
By MadMan007 on 9/4/2011 12:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I think 7-8" tablets are perfect. A good blend of portability (although not pocketable) and screen size, phones lack the latter. They are around the same size or smaller than the (gasp) paper organizers people used to carry around . 10" tablets are good for home use - something to leave around the coffee table in the living room - but not something I'd want to carry around.


RE: Three things....
By Solandri on 9/4/2011 3:24:48 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I think the magic sizes are 7"-8" for portability, and around 11"-13" as a replacement for printed sheets of paper. Measured diagonally, common paper formats w/o margins, and w/ 1" margins are:

13.6" | 10.8" - Magazines
13.9" | 11.1" - Letter-sized paper (8.5" x 11")
14.3" | 11.5" - A4-sized paper

The current 10" form factor (9.7" really) is a shade too small as a paper replacement - a compromise due to price and currently available technology. I don't see it lasting.


RE: Three things....
By amanojaku on 9/4/2011 12:01:32 PM , Rating: 2
You outlined my reasons for not wanting a tablet. They're great for corporate users who have remote desktop functionality, and for people who want a large mobile video screen.

The recently announced Samsung Series 7 Slate is the closest device to what I envision. It has an x86 CPU that can run the same OS as my desktop or workstation, so I can run the same software in two places, or even migrate the low-utilization apps to the tablet. It has microHDMI, so I can plug it into a display with a standard cable and no dongle. And it has 4GiB of RAM, which would allow for a tabbed-browser with 10 or more (ad-filtered) pages open, an HD video, and at least one office productivity app. The CPU is the only drawback (dual-core, but 1.6GHz), but that's a temporary setback for today's technology, and way better than other tablets. Oh, and it sounds like Samsung paid attention to the various forms of input, with keyboard, stylus, and Swype capability.

Damn shame it's so expensive, though. It's gotta come down about $200-300, I think. :(


RE: Three things....
By SilthDraeth on 9/4/2011 1:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't the asus transformer be more of a replacement for the laptop?

Though I really don't know if there are common android bluetooth print drivers that work on hp and other bluetooth capable printers.

Or over WiFi.

Also, haven't installed any office program on my Epic, as there really isn't a need.

If I were to buy any tablet though, it would be the Transformer.


RE: Three things....
By mattscottshea on 9/5/2011 10:56:29 AM , Rating: 2
I feel ASUS has the right idea moving forward to keep Tablets relevant. The transformer and the slider offer superior overall functionality than other tablets thanks to their keyboards (in the Transformers case, a trackpad, more battery life, and full usb/sd ports). And when Win8 comes out, these designs may prove to be a deciding factor in peoples purchases. Now if only they can squeeze in a thin blu-ray drive.


RE: Three things....
By BugblatterIII on 9/5/2011 3:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
Do you think the Asus Transformer might have given you the best of both? Or if not now then when tablets become more powerful?


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