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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