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Will come with Android 3.1 out of the box

We first caught a glimpse of Samsung's larger follow-up to its fairly successful 7-inch Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, back in February. With its 10.1-inch display (1280 x 800), dual-core 1GHz processor, HSPA+ connectivity, and 3MP/2MP cameras, the larger iteration of the Galaxy Tab appeared to be a fairly decent addition to the Android Honeycomb-based tablet lineup, if nothing too exciting or different.

Then, at CTIA, Samsung dropped the news that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (along with the smaller 8.9-inch version) would be even thinner and lighter than the iPad 2 — at 0.33 inches thick and weighing 1.31 pounds. 

While the rumored launch date for the new tablet from Samsung is June 8, the company posted this tweet on its official Twitter page Monday:

What is 10.1 inches of Android 3.0 Honeycomb delight? Only a few days away! Sign up NOW -" rel="nofollow

And while the tweet references Android 3.0, the official webpage of the Samsung Tab 10.1 now lists Android 3.1 as the tablet's out-of-the-box operating system. (It also updates the device's thickness to 0.34 inches, which would match the iPad 2.)

The device will reportedly come in 16GB and 32GB iterations, with Wi-Fi-only models priced at $499 and $599 respectively. No official announcement regarding 3G-integrated versions has been made, although those are expected at some point in the future, as well.

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Pretty nice device
By ipay on 5/25/2011 8:53:54 AM , Rating: 2
I got one of these at Google IO recently and it is a very nice device. I still don't see much use for any tablet device (I have a desktop and a laptop computer) but it is nice to have around the house to tinker with on occasion. I will say that it is pretty cool how it integrates well with all the Google stuff (no surprise there). I can be logged into gmail, chat, docs all together at the same time. I can also have multiple accounts signed in simultaneously. Of course that doesn't have much to do with this specific Samsung tablet, but as part of the whole "experience" it is nice.

Well made stuff with good software. Still though, as with any tablet, I just don't see any reason to pay more than $200 or so for something that kind of tries to do what my other devices do better. I know the hardware costs more than that, but in my mind that is just reason for these things not to exist. Obviously I'm missing something though, since Apple sells millions of them.

RE: Pretty nice device
By Sazar on 5/25/2011 11:07:27 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the feedback.

I don't have a tablet as of yet but the 8" version seems like it could work nicely for me.

As far as Apple selling millions, it's the whole thing with product placement and manufacturing a lust for the product. Do people need it? Nope. Do they WANT it? Yep, the lust for the product is there simply because it is now a commodity more-so than a device, as with most Apple products recently.

Say what you will about Apple but having the exact same product, sans Apple logo, will simply not have the same social impact when people are showing off their toys. Take the iPad and cover up the logo and you have something which is valued a lot less.

I am definitely holding out for either the Dell tablet or the smaller Tab at this point because I do have a niche in my usage to have an instant-on device I can sling around. My phone simply does not cut it for most sites.

RE: Pretty nice device
By meewok on 5/25/2011 2:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
+1 to this as I share similar sentiments.

I ended up selling it just because it would just sit there. I kept trying to find ways to use it:

-- I installed Google Music Beta. It's actually a promising service. Though I'd rather use it on my phone.

-- I tried bringing it with me to read news/browse at coffee shops. It was actually pretty nice, but eventually I would stop bringing it and just use my phone.

-- I tried using it to check email. It's ok. Definitely nice to have the extra screen real estate, but most of what I needed to do with email, I could just do on my phone as well.

-- I let my kids play with it. This is actually where it shines. Especially with younger kids as it's easy for them to interact with. But it's not as if there aren't other methods to help your kids learn/keep them busy...

-- Gtalk video is pretty nice. It's supposed to be backported to 2.3.4 as well.

-- Browsing photos is AWESOME on a tablet. Maybe not necessarily photo editing. It's a great digital photo album. (but not worth $500/600)

I guess there just isn't a killer app yet. Perhaps it's because the Android tablet ecosystem isn't there yet, but it seems to me that the my issues with the "tablet" are more about form factor/price rather than application.

There are definitely some interesting use cases for tablets (especially if you don't have a surface to work on), but most of the time, I feel like I'm trying to find ways to use it. And when I do find a way to use it, I then decide I'd rather use my phone or a small laptop for that purpose.

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