Tablet enthusiasts in the United States will get to have a taste of the Galaxy Tab – Samsung’s maiden attempt at the hotly contested tablet segment from the 14th of November onwards, courtesy of Sprint. However, though nothing has come yet in the form of an official announcement, there are strong rumors that the wireless service provider may be launching the Galaxy Tab from the middle of next month and is likely to cost $399 for a two year contract plan. Also, those eager to buy the 7 inch tablet sans the contract will have to fork out $200 more at $599.
This should come as a welcome relief to the numerous consumers out there who have been eagerly waiting for the ultimate moment when the tablet will finally be seen on the retail scene. Samsung had earlier announced its plans of launching the Galaxy Tab on the airwaves of all the major telecom operators in the US namely AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, besides Sprint. However, when it’s about revealing a release date and pricing details, it’s Sprint that has been the first off the block.
Also the price structure of the Galaxy Tab should be enough to soothe many a frayed nerves as many had thought it might be priced beyond their budgets even if the tablet itself is endearing enough to warrant a purchase. The Galaxy Tab in the UK and Germany costs in excess of a thousand bucks.
The Galaxy Tab also scores favorably against its main intended rival – the Apple’s iPad whose cheapest 3G version with 16 GB of storage cost around $629, more than what the unsubsidized Galaxy Tab commands. True the Galaxy Tab is never in the same league as the iPad, pitched as it is in the 7 inch segment compared to the 9.7 inch sized iPad, though the Galaxy Tab can be considered to have an edge against the Apple’s tablet in that it’s more feature rich. Then again the iPad has more applications within its reach in comparison to the Galaxy Tab which fortunately has acquired access to the official Android Market, something that is beyond the reach of most of the Android powered tablets.
So the game seems evenly poised at the moment though it’s only the coming days that will prove if Apple can continue to hold on to the supremacy that it currently enjoys in the tablet segment.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email