While this should be a welcome piece of news, unfortunately there is one disappointment; the price. For the 7 inch tablet from Samsung does command a quite hefty price tag that stands at €799, which when translated to US Dollar terms would come to in the range of $1,106. Surely this is hard on those who have been eagerly awaiting for the Android 2.2 powered Galaxy Pad with keen interest. For reference, its only the top of the line 3G enabled 64 GB version of the iPad priced at € 814 that costs more than the Galaxy Tab in Germany.
For that amount of money, what you get is the unlocked version of the 7 inch tablets sans the sim card. What is also significant is the fact that the Galaxy Tab now available in Germany will come with full phone functionality, something that consumers in the US can’t boast of at present. Samsung, in its press release, has also made it clear that the Galaxy Tab will be fully compliant with its DLNA adapter the Media Gateway WMG160 that is already in place and was announced during the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S. Other salient features of the Samsung tablet is 3G/UMTS, WiFi as well as a 3 megapixel camera.
Meanwhile in another development and what can be described as a clear sign of its expanding footprint in Europe, Samsung has also announced the availability of the Galaxy Tab in Spain. However, consumers in Spain won’t have much to complain as the Galaxy Tab will go on sale here at a much more affordable €199 with Vodafone Spain being the carrier of choice. The contract will be in place for a period of 18 months. However, there is no mention as to when the tablet will go on sale though it’s expected to be as soon as the next few days or a week or two. Vodafone users eager to have the Android tablet can pre-register here.
Galaxy Tab in Romania to have ‘Acasa’ as the ‘Home’ button instead of ‘Porn’
Also, in another interesting turn of events, the now infamous ‘Porn’ button on the Romanian version of the Galaxy Tab that had made quite a buzz has been removed for good. While that might have suggested a gateway to a world of erotica, the fact is that the ‘Porn’ is acutally the abridged form of the Romanian word ‘Pornire’ that stands for Home. Instead, what has now been included is a much more subtle ‘Acasa’ that also means ‘Home’ in Romanian language.