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Samsung makes Galaxy Tab official as iPad's first rival

updated 08:00 am EDT, Thu September 2, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab launches in weeks

Samsung this morning finally took the wraps from the Galaxy Tab, its first tablet and the first major competitor to the iPad. The device revolves around its seven-inch, 1024x600 LCD and is Samsung's first handheld to ship with Android 2.2 -- and Flash 10.1 -- out of the box. Although traces of Samsung's TouchWiz are evident, most customizations have been for apps tailored to the larger screen size: Media Hub serves as a video portal, Music Hub handles audio, and a Readers Hub follows in the footsteps of iBooks.

Apart from being smaller and more portable, the hardware is consciously designed to be more flexible than from its American counterpart. Samsung outfits the Galaxy Tab with a rear three-megapixel camera for typical and a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video chat. It also carries full HSPA 3G by default and has either 16GB or 32GB of storage built-in with a microSDHC slot still present to take more. Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi provide short-range wireless.

The custom-made 1GHz processor, PowerVR SGX540 graphics and 512MB of RAM are enough to play 720p video and current mobile 3D visuals, including newly added DivX support. Taking a clear cue from the iPad, however, there's a 30-pin dock connector in place of USB or video output; the port is the sole point of entry for add-ons that include HDMI and keyboard docks.

Samsung is launching its tablet first in Europe, where it will be available by the middle of this month. Launches in the US and other countries are due in the "coming months," although one of these is known to be Verizon through an EVDO-capable model.

Whether or not the Galaxy Tab will have success against the iPad or other rivals isn't clear. The device is rumored, though unconfirmed, to be in production at just 100,000 units a month, or well under Apple's figures even from this past spring. Tests with carriers like Verizon and Vodafone also suggests that it may be locked into subsidized data contracts. The decision would lower the initial price but would lock buyers into extra data plans they might not be willing to embrace where the iPad is always unlocked and contract-free.

Note: Although the Samsung shot of an augmented reality app (below) shows a "Galaxy Cafe," no such shop is known to exist at 175 5th Avenue. However, the location does have Apple Communications and Mac Cosmetics.















By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +3

    Not bad at all...

    I like that augmented reality app. When I get the new iPod Touch, I hope there's a similar app. I sure like the idea of DivX support, too. The Galaxy Tab definitely has some features that, hopefully, Apple will add to their iPad in the future. FaceTime will surely come to the iPad.

  1. stoneycook

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    Joined: Sep 2010

    +1

    Simulated Screen Images

    Even the home page for the Galaxy discretely displays the message that Samsung is using "Simulated Screen Images". Simply bad.

  1. imactheknife

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2003

    -1

    no thanks

    looks really cheap and nasty....thick too...but I suppose a good first try...next please

  1. Ppietra

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    Joined: Jan 2005

    +4

    ridiculous

    Half of the situations shown in the commercial are simply ridiculous! Who is going to carry around a device of that size like that, and who has a pocket in the jacket that big!?
    Not to mention who is going to take out that device to take a picture! Samsung is trying so much to show that it has something that the iPad hasnt that makes laughable what they show.
    I mean so many people ridiculed the iPad for being a big iPhone and now Samsung actually shows a product behaving like a big smartphone. CLueless!
    ACtually I am beginning to think that this commercial is a parody to the product!

  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +7

    What?

    No USB port or Card Reader slot? FAIL.

    Oh, wait, it's not from Evil Apple, so it must be a brilliant move!
    Just imagine, a universal connector instead of single use, dedicated ports! It's an absolute marvel of elegance and simplicity. Only from the minds of Samsung!

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -2

    Re: Simulated screen image

    Even the home page for the Galaxy discretely displays the message that Samsung is using "Simulated Screen Images".

    Most everyone does. Do you know how hard it is to get a good shot of a screen on camera?

    Or do you think Apple's photography department is so good at their job, they're able to always position the product so it has that diagonal white reflection on every screen, no matter in what orientation the device sits?

  1. tundaman

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    Joined: Mar 2010

    +5

    Let's wait and see

    Even a non existent product like the now defunct M$ Courier can look good in a promotional video.

    So let's wait for the real thing to come out and hope that it can become a real challenge for the iPad, 'cause it's about time someone does it.

    ps: IMHO, front face camera to video calls make sense in a tablet, but I can't imagine someone holding/carrying something that big to take photos

  1. jdsonice@gmail.com

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    -4

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  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    -4

    Looks like...


    a mini iPhad.

  1. chirpy22

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2006

    0

    awkward

    People will certainly drop this thing while attempting to take decent pictures. Hope they buy extended warranties.

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