Samsung is no stranger to the sub 10-inch tablet category, having debuted the 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in the past. But where those tablets are more budget-minded, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7-inch tablet is beefier and, as a result, more expensive.

With the Kindle Fire filling the gap for many cost-conscious Android buyers, and the 10-inch tablets still in the price range of iPad and beyond, there's a nice middle ground tucked right between those two. Samsung itself already boasts several entries in the burgeoning tablet market, but is the Galaxy Tab 7.7 the tablet that will fill the gap?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (Verizon)

Decisions like this usually come down to the Benjamins, so it's important to know what you're paying for. A two-year contract version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will set you back $449, while a no-contract version runs a steep $699.

With prices like that, you might consider upgrading to a larger tablet with many of the same features, like Samsung's own Galaxy Tab 10.0 ($429.99 contract / $699.99 without) or even the new iPad ($629.99) which boasts a better display than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7s.

But you're probably reading this to decide if you can stay outside the Apple Zone of Influence. So let's dive under the hood and see what the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has to offer.