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by Kristen Nicole

Samsung is known for its range of devices, varying in size, specs and budget. The result is a steady stream of releases that have saturated the Android market, and this week’s no exception. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 has shown its face in the U.S., while the Galaxy Pocket makes its way to the UK. LG is staying in the game with the Lucid, an LTE smartphone, while Archos goes niche with a tablet made for kids.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

With an LTE edition made specifically for Verizon, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has finally made its way to the States. It’s another odd-sized tablet, fitting somewhere between a smartphone and the typical 10-inch tablet, making its appeal to consumers with a Goldilocks complex. Nevertheless, the Tab 7.7 has some impressive features, starting with the first ever Super AMOLED Plus display for a 7.7-inch screen. It brings you higher resolution than its larger sibling at 1280x752, with the same thinness of its other Tab cousins (it’s just 7.89mm at its thickest point).

Packing a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, the Tab 7.7 is a hearty tablet geared towards the higher end of the spectrum. Though it’s missing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Tab 7.7 ships with Honeycomb, overlaid with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. Loaded with a hefty 5100mAh battery, the Tab 7.7 will go a long time without a charge. The camera isn’t stellar, at only 3-megapixels for its rear-facing snapper.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket

Heading to the UK later this year, the Samsung Galaxy Pocket is at the other end of the spectrum as the Galaxy Tab 7.7. With a budget-friendly price, this smartphone is small in stature for easy portability. Running Android 2.3, the Pocket has a 2.8-inch, 240x320 resolution screen. It’s also got an 832MHz processor, 3GB of storage (expandable with an SD memory card) and a 2-megapixel camera. The Pocket has support for HSPA and Wi-Fi. No details on pricing or retailers just yet.

LG Lucid

Rumored for weeks, the LG Lucid has finally revealed itself by way of leaked information. Previously known as the Cayman, this mid-range Gingerbread phone comes with 4G LTE support. The screen looks to be a 4-inch, 480x800 NOVA display, rather bright for its price point. There’s reportedly a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor under the hood, with a decent 1GB of RAM. The back camera gets 5-megapixels and supports 1080p recording, though there’s no details on internal storage space. It’s expected to hit Verizon stores on March 29th, costing somewhere between $150 and $200 with a two-year contract. The Lucid is unconfirmed by LG or Verizon, but we’ll known soon enough what LG’s newest smartphone will be.

Archos Child Pad

With a rising number of tablet thefts being attributed to curious children, there’s a growing number of manufacturers hoping to build a tablet made just for kids. Archos is the latest, revealing the Child Pad this week. The Child Pad comes with a 7-inch display with a 800x480-pixel resistive touchscreen and a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor with 1GB of RAM. It comes with a MicroUSB port and a front-facing camera, as well as a microSD slot for an extra 32GB of storage (there’s 4GB of internal space on the device). Priced at about $129, the Child Pad comes wrapped in rubber to keep it safe and easy to clean. Look for the Child Pad to hit the UK sometime in April.