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The Galaxy Tab on Verizon is $200 more than Sprint's rumored price of $400.  (Source: Verizon)

The Galaxy Tab packs significantly superior specs to the iPad (other than screen size).  (Source: Android and Me)
Carrier reportedly thinks its acclaimed service warrants a hefty premium

According to multiple sources, T-Mobile and Sprint are targeting a price of $400 with new data contract for the 3G-ready 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet computer.  At that price, the tablet, which packs the Android OS (Version 2.2 "Froyo") may make quite a splash, vying with the iPad for tablet supremacy.

However, Verizon, the first carrier to 
officially release a price, has surprised observers and bumped up its price substantially.  It announced that the Galaxy Tab will be available November 11 for a flat price of $599.99.  Customers can add a contract will give customers access to a capped 1 GB of data a month for $20.

Verizon's vice president and chief marketing officer Marni Walden, "This is an incredible time in mobile technology, and as a company we're excited to add the Samsung Galaxy Tab to our portfolio.  The Samsung Galaxy Tab brings together the reliability of Verizon Wireless' 3G network and the power of Android 2.2 to deliver on our promise of providing consumers and business customers with a host of options to help manage their lives."

Let's hope that T-Mobile and Sprint don't follow in suit.  Does Verizon think its service, which is second only to AT&T in data quality and coverage is worth the premium?  (AT&T is also getting the Galaxy Tab at a later date at an undisclosed price.)

While customers purchasing the tablet should be able to take it to Sprint equivalent CDMA network if they should choose, they miss out on the price cut that will reportedly be offered by Sprint or T-Mobile.  So in other words, by only offering customers an unlock tablet, Verizon gives them freedom to leave, but at a $200 cost.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab packs a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird ARM Cortex A8 processor, co-designed by Intrinsity, 512 MB of RAM, dual cameras (one on the front, one in the back), 16 GB of built-in flash memory in the base model (a 32 GB model is also available), a microSD expansion slot, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) support, Bluetooth 3.0 support, and a PowerVR SGX 540.  The screen is 1024 × 600 pixels

It's chief competition is the iPad which retails for $500, $600, and $700 for the Wi-Fi only model in 16, 32, and 64 GB flavors – and an extra $130 for each of those models with 3G modem built in (service is provided by AT&T).  

By contrast the iPad also packs a 1 GHz processor and packs a larger 1024 × 768 9.7-inch screen.  But it features less memory (256 MB), no camera, an inferior GPU (PowerVR SGX 535 GPU), and no Bluetooth 3.0 support (only Bluetooth 2.1 is supported).  Of course iPad fans response to these shortcomings will likely be "I don't care... It is the best tablet... it has the iMagic." (Apple dubs its tablet a "magical and revolutionary experience", according to its store banner -- something that Samsung doesn't try to claim).

The Galaxy Tab will also compete with Dell's 7-inch Streak which has less flash storage, Android 2.1 (2.2 upgrade forthcoming), a lower resolution screen, and no Bluetooth 3.0 support.



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Facts Are Wrong
By Ard on 10/20/2010 11:27:19 AM , Rating: 4
The Galaxy Tab from Verizon costs $599 flat . A contract is not required because the product is not being subsidized by Verizon. The $20 data plan is completely optional. From the press release:

quote:
Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ will be available Nov. 11 for $599.99. Verizon Wireless customers can add a monthly access plan beginning at $20 a month for 1 GB on their Samsung Galaxy Tab.




RE: Facts Are Wrong
By Ard on 10/20/2010 11:29:08 AM , Rating: 3
That said, this is certainly price competitive with the iPad because of the built-in 3G functionality. It's too bad that they couldn't get it down to $450-500 unsubsidized. That would really give the iPad a kick to the nuts.


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By mcnabney on 10/20/2010 11:49:52 AM , Rating: 1
It should be about $400-450 flat. It has a smaller screen and smaller battery than the iPad so it should cost less.

My guess is if Sprint and T-Mobile are selling them for $200 less they are making the customer sign a service contract.


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By quiksilvr on 10/20/2010 11:57:30 AM , Rating: 2
$399 no contract and $199 with contract would be sweet.


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By omnicronx on 10/20/2010 12:02:41 PM , Rating: 2
The screen while smaller, is of high pixel density will look shaper and is probably more expensive than a comparable IPS screen at 7".

Faster GPU, Cameras, A-GPS included(no GPS in non 3g versions of iPad).

Battery life is around the same too.. although the iPad was dead on with its battery info, who knows if the Tab is listing it correctly.

I'd tend to agree with your 400-500 dollar sentiments. I'm also not too happy about charging customers for 3g tech which the carriers will direcly benefit from.

The iPad was a different story as it was sold by Apple, this time the carriers have no excuse for the price increase, and could easily make or break these tablets.

If the carriers think they can charge the same for these devices as the iPad, they would be dead wrong. Even if it packs more features, it must be cheaper.


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By inighthawki on 10/20/2010 12:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
Plus I'm guessing it won't overheat when you take it outside during the summer. :)


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By mcnabney on 10/20/2010 8:07:56 PM , Rating: 1
Do you know how I know that you don't know what you are talking about?

The iPad has an IPS screen, henceforth the pathetic TN screen on the Galaxy tab sucks in comparison.


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By JasonMick (blog) on 10/20/2010 4:07:15 PM , Rating: 4
quote:

The Galaxy Tab from Verizon costs $599 flat . A contract is not required because the product is not being subsidized by Verizon. The $20 data plan is completely optional. From the press release:


I amended the article to clarify this. But the gist is the same.

Okay, so Sprint and T-Mobile are offering locked units. Verizon (appears) to be only offering unlocked units (though this was not explicitly mentioned in the release).

Sure you could then buy a $600 Tab, take it to Sprint without penalty. But if Sprint offers the reported $400 base model, why would you?

Okay, so if you buy Sprint's discounted model and don't like Sprint's service, you can't take it to Verizon without a fine. I don't think Sprint's service (which I currently have) in most areas is so horrible that it would be worth spending the $200 extra to get an unlocked unit.

Remember, the unlock only applies to Verizon and Sprint's networks (which use CDMA). And it will be inferior to Sprint's reportedly cheaper model in that it can't access 4G.

Further, once you get in a contract with Verizon, its unknown whether or not you'll be able to exit it without ETFs.

That said, the Tab looks like an AWESOME tablet, much better than the iPad or Streak in terms of hardware. Sure it's worth $600, but if I could get it for $400, that's even sweeter.

Of course nothing is set in stone until Sprint/T-Mobile/AT&T announce their prices/offers....


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By micksh on 10/20/2010 4:52:37 PM , Rating: 3
Samsung's Tab BOM will be ~%25 less than iPAD 3G 16GB. Mostly because of iPAD's IPS display.

I wanted to post calculations but DT comment system says
"This comment is apparently spam and we do not allow spam comments"
so I cant't.

And Samsung is no Apple, it can't expect similar profit margins.

Given all that it is absolutely ridiculous to price Galaxy Tab comparable with iPAD.
Even $400 without contract would be pushing it. Many people don't need another contract if they can tether tablet to cell phone.


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By mcnabney on 10/20/2010 8:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
Many people might want a Galaxy Tab without using 3G wireless. That contract costs a minimum of $480, so if you don't think you want a contract the Verizon Tab is the clear choice. Remember, a lot of customers might already have a smartphone that offers tethering. Why pay for two data service plans?


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By Boze on 10/25/2010 11:57:36 AM , Rating: 2
I'm one of them.

If Samsung would make a 3G-less Galaxy Tab and price it around $399 to $449, I'd purchase one right away.

I'd be willing to pay $599 for a 3G-less 10 inch Galaxy Tab; especially if it were to be released a few months from now with a slightly faster processor (maybe 1.2 GHz) and PowerVR's new SGX 545.


RE: Facts Are Wrong
By kmmatney on 10/22/2010 8:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how this is an AWESOME tablet, with just a 7" screen. We'll see how it goes...


I'd rather wait
By MeesterNid on 10/20/2010 11:13:36 AM , Rating: 3
With what most certainly will be a crap storm of Android tablets in Q1 '11, not to mention Android 3.x (which is the version that is actually built to run on larger profile devices) it makes more sense for me to wait and let the price war chip a bit off of the total on these things. Plus better hardware to boot.




RE: I'd rather wait
By fic2 on 10/20/2010 11:59:09 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I bought a dual core celeron 11" notebook last Christmas for $360 with 1G ram/160G HD/Win7. No way am I paying 1.5x that for something with less capability.


$400 & $20/month for 1GB data
By Denigrate on 10/20/2010 10:58:31 AM , Rating: 2
At this price point, I would make the jump for a Galaxy Tab. Good resolution, and the Android ap store would be enough for me to retire the netbook I've been using as an e-reader for years.




RE: $400 & $20/month for 1GB data
By kmmatney on 10/22/2010 8:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
Why not get an iPad, if your going to use it as an e-reader? It would probably be much better for that purpose (Unless you have a hate for Apple).

I'm waiting for the next generation of iPads to come out with a camera, but will also look to see what the competition offers. The screen really sets the iPad apart for now, though.


Small!
By AnalogToDigitalKid on 10/20/2010 11:34:18 AM , Rating: 2
Wow! That thing is teeny. Never saw it next to a deck of cards before. Looks too small to be useful.




RE: Small!
By omnicronx on 10/20/2010 11:45:35 AM , Rating: 2
To each is own..

One problem I have with the larger screens is for upcoming features like video calling.

If my iPad had a front facing camera, I would personally never use it. It would just be far too heavy and uncomfortable unless I had it sitting on a stand. (one major gripe I have with my iPad too, the Apple stand does not support ANY cases. So you have to take it off before you can put it on the stand.)


Tough sell
By vision33r on 10/21/2010 12:21:27 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see this happening.. Verizon and specifically Android customers are used to cheap devices with subsidies.

No subsidies = no sale.

$599 for a Tablet 2" more than the Droid X is not happening for most folks. Especially Verizon is almost giving away their Droid X with the buy 1 get 1 free deals.

7" is already not a popular LCD photo frame size, it'll be DOA in 3 months when China pumps out 10"+ Tablets.




RE: Tough sell
By kmmatney on 10/22/2010 8:59:34 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I wouldn't mind an Android tablet, but I certainly wouldn't pay more than an iPad for it. When I think of an Android tablet, those cheap Chinese knock-offs come to mind. Those will no doubt have Android 2.2 pretty soon (if not already).


Price vs Features
By JRBY on 10/20/2010 1:06:30 PM , Rating: 1
At this time of recession, would anyone choose features over price? I don't think so. Your only advantage against the iPad is if you get the price down, not pack it with more features for the same price. How can you use the extra features if you can't even buy it?




RE: Price vs Features
By Sazabi19 on 10/20/2010 4:19:19 PM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about? Apple is boasting record profits... obviously people are doing this.


Doesn't make sense
By GreenEnvt on 10/20/2010 11:01:13 AM , Rating: 2
$599 can't be too far off the standard retail price of the thing. The subsidized price should be quite a bit cheaper.




subsidized vs unsubsidized
By cornmuffin on 10/20/2010 11:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
from my understanding, the verizon model is 600 WITHOUT a contract and the other carriers have a lower price because the device is subsidized by a contract. It has nothing to do with verizon feeling superior...




Meh...
By corduroygt on 10/20/2010 12:34:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather get the Archos 101 for $299.




Quit ignoring the sceen...
By jmunjr on 10/20/2010 4:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
Every dang article about tablets coming out fails to mention the panel type of the screen. the iPad has a beautiful IPS screen. Unless others follow suit their tablets don't compare, but I don't really know because the specs aren't being reported...




notion ink
By trivik12 on 10/21/2010 2:05:37 PM , Rating: 2
I am waiting for notion ink adam with pixel qi screen. Hopefully it delivers on its promise then we will have true Ipad competitor.




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