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Galaxy Tab reaches Verizon November 11 to take on iPad

updated 09:15 am EDT, Wed October 20, 2010

Verizon confirms Samsung Galaxy Tab for Nov. 11

Verizon today became the first American carrier to commit to a release date to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Its version of the 16GB Android 2.2 slate should reach stores on November 11 and will cost $600 without a contract. The company also plans to spread its iPad 3G plans and will charge the same $20 per month for 1GB of data, ranging up to $50 for 5GB.

Apart from using EVDO for 3G, the Verizon edition comes with some of the provider's regular apps, including V Cast Music, VZ Navigator and a Verizon-backed edition of Blockbuster On Demand for movie rentals. Owners will have the choice of two stores through either the official Android Market or V Cast Apps, which makes its debut on a shipping device with the Galaxy Tab. Amazon's Kindle app and Slacker Radio will come preloaded.

All versions of the tablet have a seven-inch, 1024x600 display, a rear three-megapixel camera and a front VGA camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi and GPS. It runs on Samsung's 1GHz Hummingbird processor and comes with only a lightly customized version of Android with Flash 10.1 installed.

The launch of the Galaxy Tab will come exactly two weeks after the iPad + MiFi combo goes on sale at Verizon and will be a litmus test of Steve Jobs' criticisms of rival tablets. Many of his criticisms are reflected in Samsung's device, since it's not only a seven-inch design but uses a mostly unoptimized Android 2.2 and costs $600 -- just $30 short of the larger 3G iPad. The cost is somewhat validated by the cameras but otherwise is dangerously close to its Apple rival despite a smaller screen and shorter battery life.

We've already tested the Galaxy Tab in a hands-on and found that it was good, but not as well optimized as Apple's design.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. kerryb

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +4

    who on earth?

    I can not imagine anyone except a handful of Apple haters buying this thing. Let me show you my holiday pictures, scroll scroll... Let's look at that website, scroll scroll... oh, the battery just died???

  1. erics

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    Joined: Sep 2010

    +1

    someone please....

    that GUI is one phugly design :P
    someone please help them :)

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2004

    +1

    Jobs is right about one thing

    If you have a tablet phone - say the iPhone 4, with a 3.5" screen, and you have a tablet w/phone functionality, with a 7" screen - why would you carry two devices?

    I mean, when are you going to say to yourself, I have one device with a beautiful 7" screen, but lets squint at the 3.5" screen instead. That's why Apple won't release a carry everywhere tablet, only the larger tablets.

    The "carry everywhere" device, should be a convergent device. It should include your mp3 playing - even Apple didn't try to force you to buy both an iPod and an iPhone by purposely excluding the ability of the iPhone to play music - they admit it cannabilizes sales, but its what the market demands.

    This Galaxy Tab, if it is an 'everywhere' device, should have - at least as an option - given people the ability to cannabilize phone sales. If not, its not competitive.

    Yes, I know you will use a bluetooth headset with the device - because in your mind 7" is too large to be a phone, but remember that is a diagonal measurement, watch a movie from the 90's this phone isn't large by any historical standards.

    So we'll say people would have used a bluetooth headset, but in reality they surely would have just used it like a regular p hone.

    Oh well, the only way you can do that now, is to import the European version. All 4 carriers colluded to exclude the cell functionality from the american version of the galaxy tab.

    The only way to avoid double data charges, nowadays is to have a basic flip phone for your cell service, and this app player as a second device.

    That really killed its market potential in the U.S. - I expect it to still sell very well in Europe where this mistake wasn't made.


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    +1

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