Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab is XXL S; what price iPad "killer"?

By Richi Jennings. September 17, 2010.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab just got unveiled by its proud South Korean parents. It's basically a bigger Galaxy S -- at a bigger price. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers despair of P1000/iPad "killer" comparisons.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention sammich killer...

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Ian Paul has just the FAQs (ma'am):

[It] features a touch-based 7-inch enhanced TFT ... [at] 1024-by-600. ... 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat ... 3MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 720p video. ... 2GB [flash] onboard ... 16GB microSD card ... slot supports up to 32GB. ... Android OS 2.2 (froyo) ... Flash Player support, weighs 13 ounces ... 1.0 GHz Hummingbird processor. ... A Wi-Fi only model ... [will] be coming "in the near future."


The price ... around $700 without a carrier subsidy. ... Available this fall ... on all four major carriers in the U.S. ... AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon ... through each of the four carriers' retail outlets ... [and perhaps] chains such as Best Buy.


It's not clear yet if the Galaxy Tab has what it takes to beat the iPad, but Samsung is bullish.

At my signal, Jolie O'Dell, unleash hell (for Apple):

[It's] a strong bid for your holiday shopping dollars; this is one iPad competitor that is prepared do some serious business. ... [It] will weight about half as much as an iPad ... [yet] allows for up to seven hours of continuous video playback. ... Flash content, including video and interactive games, will run beautifully on the Tab.


As far as integrated software, the Tab will have such features as Social Hub ... Daily Briefing ... and Media Hub ... [which] will allow for on-demand movie and TV rental and purchase ... one of the more exciting aspects. ... Samsung is collaborating with an impressive stable ... including MTV, NBC, Warner and others.


The Galaxy S line ... is definitely changing our perception ... and the reality of Samsung’s ability to compete in the high-end mobile market.

Yes yes, but at what price? Luigi Lugmayr lies low:

In the UK the Samsung Galaxy Tab is on sale on Amazon UK for [$850+tax]. ... [But there's] some doubt on the pricing Amazon UK is putting on the table. ... It just does not make any sense.

But Horrid just swears like a Portuguese pirate:

US operators have decided to hobble one of its better features – they won’t be selling it to work as a phone. ... It seems pointless giving such a device a 3G connection if you are not going to offer it with voice plans.


The accepted way of using voice in Europe is going to be using a Bluetooth headset. ... Perhaps this simply levels the playing field and the operators would have it no other way.

And Razvan Oprescu has more bad news:

We thought that the Sprint version of the tablet will support 4G ... unfortunately it seems like you will only get 3G. ... The Samsung Epic 4G and the HTC Evo 4G ... remain the only WiMAX devices available at Sprint.

Meanwhile, Ben Bajarin reflects on a busy Thursday:

The day started with ... [reports] that the iPad was cannibalizing Best Buy’s laptop sales by a shocking 50%. ... [It] ended with Samsung announcing that their ... slate will be available on all four major wireless carriers here in the US.


Samsung is the first of what I expect to be many major consumer brands launching tablets. ... You can see why so many in the industry have their eyes fixed on this space. ... However we will need to wait for Android 3.0 ... before we really see what Android tablets bring to the market.


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