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Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Tab will be coming to all four major U.S. wireless carriers in the coming weeks and months, as the company hopes to compete with Apple's iPad in the booming touchscreen tablet market.

This week, Samsung held an event in New York City to show off its device with a 7-inch screen. Pricing has not yet been made available, but the tablet will be sold by Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, as well as AT&T, which also offers data plans for Apple's iPad with 3G.

Like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab will also be available in a Wi-Fi-only model, Samsung said. Details on when that model will become available -- or its price -- were not announced.

AT&T, in a press release, said that the Samsung Galaxy Tab would go on sale for the holiday season. No date was given, but the carrier, which is the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in America, said it would sell Samsung's tablet in its own retail stores, as well as on its website, "in the coming months."

"We're looking forward to expanding our computing device portfolio and giving our AT&T customers more great choices with this innovative device," said Glenn Lurie, president of AT&T's emerging devices. "By teaming with Samsung Mobile to deliver the Samsung Galaxy Tab, we're equipping our customers with new and exciting ways to connect to the nation's fastest mobile broadband network."

Verizon, the largest wireless provider in the U.S., said it would launch the Galaxy Tab on its network "in the coming weeks." The carrier also plans to install a number of exclusive applications on the device, including V CAST Music with Rhapsody, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, VZ Navigator, and games "Let's Golf" and "N.O.V.A."

"The Samsung Galaxy Tab is an exciting addition to the Verizon Wireless Android portfolio," said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Coupled with the nation's largest 3G network, the Galaxy Tab is a powerhouse that will be as exciting to use as it is practical for both consumers and business customers."



The Galaxy Tab sports a 1GHz Cortex A8 ARM processor and a WSVGA display with a 1,024x600-pixel resolution screen. It has a rear-facing camera with a 3-megapixel camera and camcorder, as well as a forward facing 1.3-megapixel camera, which will allow video conferencing.

The device comes with 2GB of memory built in and has a 16GB microSD card pre-installed. The Galaxy Tab can be expanded to 32GB of storage through the microSD slot.

Samsung's tablet also weighs less than a pound, compared to the 1.5-pound weight of Apple's iPad. Given the device's weight and screen size, its e-reading capabilities have been highlighted by Samsung and its carrier partners.

Unverified rumors have indicated that Apple has shown interest in developing its own, small version of the iPad, allowing for greater portability and a lighter weight. In August, it was alleged that Samsung knew of plans for a "mini iPad" and was taking aim at that model with its Galaxy Tab.

Another report suggested Apple's 7-inch iPad would have a weight of 500 grams, reduced from the current hardware's 700 grams.

However, AppleInsider has been lead to believe that Apple will maintain the 9.7-inch screen size of the iPad with a forthcoming update that is expected to add a forward facing camera for FaceTime video chat. It is believed that Apple intends to aggressively push its FaceTime standard, and would like to put a compatible iPad on the market as soon as this holiday season.
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Man, this looks great. I look forward to the WiFi-only models.
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This link suggests that the price will be 799€ (or about $1040).

http://armdevices.net/2010/09/02/sam...b-at-ifa-2010/

I'm very interested in the iPad, but the Archos 101 (with a 10.1" screen) seems more reasonably priced at $299 --

http://armdevices.net/2010/09/02/arc...yo-299-tablet/
http://www.archos.com/products/ta/ar...try=us&lang=en
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I'm very interested in the iPad, but this seems more reasonably priced at $299 --

http://armdevices.net/2010/09/02/arc...yo-299-tablet/


Archos makes truly great products. But they have no ecosystem at all, making other choices more attractive.

And they nickel and dime you for codecs. That's better than Apple's method of simply denying users the codecs they desire, but nevertheless I find it distasteful.
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Man, this looks great. I look forward to the WiFi-only models.

Have you seen how fat this thing is http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim//20..._1_610x457.jpg
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Nice looking unit, if they can get the software right and have some decent apps available at launch it could do quite well.

I don't think Apple and the iPad needs to worry too much though, not for the moment at least.
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I wonder what service they will promote for video calling. And btw how in the hell does this thing not infringe on some of the ipad's patents. I mean it's pretty sad that these other companies can only copy instead of come up with something at all original.
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Maybe in advertised features. But Android is not a good OS for a tablet device. Maybe it will be down the road, but this really will hold up to the 'big iPod Touch'-like accusations people threw at the iPad before they used it.
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Have you seen how fat this thing is http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim//20..._1_610x457.jpg


Why does that matter? It is not a pocket device. Being comfortable to hold is the proper criteria, not some spec.
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Nice looking unit, if they can get the software right and have some decent apps available at launch it could do quite well.

It has access to the Android store, so all the popular mobile apps are already available for it.
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Have you seen how fat this thing is http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim//20..._1_610x457.jpg

Huh thats really fat. I guess it's all the additional connectivity that comes with a price.
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I mean it's pretty sad that these other companies can only copy instead of come up with something at all original.

Cheer up. That is not true.
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I wonder what service they will promote for video calling. And btw how in the hell does this thing not infringe on some of the ipad's patents. I mean it's pretty sad that these other companies can only copy instead of come up with something at all original.

I believe it has Qik built in for video calling..
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Why does that matter? It is not a pocket device. Being comfortable to hold is the proper criteria, not some spec.

It's a phone. It's really competing against the iPhone, as it's too small to really be an iPad competitor. Thus, the form factor should feel like a phone, and it doesn't.

And if you're not going to use it as a phone, you're going to feel kind of silly paying the monthly phone charges for it.
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Originally Posted by xian zhu xuande View Post

maybe in advertised features. But android is not a good os for a tablet device. Maybe it will be down the road, but this really will hold up to the 'big ipod touch'-like accusations people threw at the ipad before they used it.

google even admitted froyo is not optimized for tablets..
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Huh thats really fat. I guess it's all the additional connectivity that comes with a price.

Really?

Then I guess the iPad is even 'fatter' given that the Galaxy Tab measures 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm at .38kg yet the iPad comes in at 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4mm at .73kg.

Personally, I find the Galaxy the perfect size/weight for this kind of device as it's much easier to hold with one hand, and considerably lighter than my iPad.

I'll be comparing both extensively the minute I purchase my GalaxyTab upon its release.
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Man, this looks great. I look forward to the WiFi-only models.

Anything over $300 and it will be a rough sell.
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It will be interesting to see if they incorporate FaceTime (as it is supposed to be an open standard).

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google even admitted froyo is not optimized for tablets..

The key word being 'optimized', which was much the same case as iOS on the iPad, given that it really is just a 'reworking' of the iPhone/Touch OS rather than a completely new mobile OS... effectively making it an iPad 'optimized' version of Apple's mobile OS.

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It's a phone. It's really competing against the iPhone, as it's too small to really be an iPad competitor. Thus, the form factor should feel like a phone, and it doesn't.

And if you're not going to use it as a phone, you're going to feel kind of silly paying the monthly phone charges for it.

Hence my comment about waiting for WiFi-only models.
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I mean it's pretty sad that these other companies can only copy instead of come up with something at all original.

True. Imagine what it would have looked like, had the iPad not been released half a year ago. Even Samsung admits they're aiming to copy a rumored 7" iPad. (Which I'd love to have myself... ;o) The WiFi-only Samsung Tab won't have access to the Addroid app store BTW (according to restrictions by Google).
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Have you seen how fat this thing is http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim//20..._1_610x457.jpg

Have you seen how much 'comparatively 'fatter' the ipad is... 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4mm at .73kg (Hint the Galaxy Tab is a mere 11.98mm
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I'll be comparing both extensively the minute I purchase my GalaxyTab upon its release.

Please let us know your thoughts. Do you currently own any other 7 inch tablets? Do you have any opinion on the optimal screen size for a tablet?

I realize that there will be a compromise between screen size and handling ability. Many people commented that the iPad seemed heavy to them. It is also thicker and requires an ugly bezel to get enough grip. Maybe a lighter, albeit smaller device is better?
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Originally Posted by 0yvind View Post

True. Imagine what it would have looked like, had the iPad not been released half a year ago. Even Samsung admits they're aiming to copy a rumored 7" iPad. Which BTW I'd love to have myself... ;o)

Care to share the document/transcript making this alleged 'copy' claim... Just Curious?
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Care to share the document/transcript making this alleged 'copy' claim... Just Curious?

About copying the iPad: Just take a look. That's all. The 'copying an upcoming iPad 7"' thing is something they said at a Press conference at IFA Berlin when first presented. Don't have the link here.
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It's a phone. It's really competing against the iPhone, as it's too small to really be an iPad competitor. Thus, the form factor should feel like a phone, and it doesn't.

And if you're not going to use it as a phone, you're going to feel kind of silly paying the monthly phone charges for it.

It is confirmed that there will be no phone capabilities in the US.
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Care to share the document/transcript making this alleged 'copy' claim... Just Curious?

<Appleoid>

Look it up yourself! I don't give any support for my claims! Are you too lazy to use Google? I'm pro-Apple!

</Appleoid>
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Just take a look. That's all.

Har! You beat me to it! =/
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Have you seen how much 'comparatively 'fatter' the ipad is... 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4mm at .73kg (Hint the Galaxy Tab is a mere 11.98mm

The iPad does have a 3'' larger screen

The real question, and maybe I just missed it, what is the battery life on this thing? Is it close to the 10hr+ life of the iPad?
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Of the videos I’ve seen this is using a really cheap TN panel. I hope that is not the case for the shipping models. The viewing angle was absolutely horrible and this sort of device has to be viewable from a wider range of angles so that (for example) laying against your legs or flat on a table is still readable, like a book, without being propped up.

The resolution has an unusual 1.71:1 aspect ratio and a ppi of 169. Not great, but higher than the iPad, though the iPad ha a lot more surface area and it at least uses an IPS panel. I’d bet the brightness and other display characteristics will be subpar once they get tests, likely by AnandTech.

PS: The Menu Bar seems large and the case looks thick, but remember this has a 7” display, not the 9.7” display of the iPad. While I’d expect this to be thinner and lighter for that size, it’s not bad.
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Just take a look. That's all.

At what... Where's the actual document?

If merely looking at a device is to be considered 'hard evidence' of something someone stated (in this case you), then one could conclude that Jobs said much the same thing regarding the iPhone/iPad design concept when he first saw Hp/Compaq's TC1XXX back in 2003.

http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2003/...pad/compaq.jpg
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Have you seen how much 'comparatively 'fatter' the ipad is... 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4mm at .73kg (Hint the Galaxy Tab is a mere 11.98mm

id say the iPad is comparatively thinner, whilst the Galaxy Tab is in actuality thinner.
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At what... Where's the actual document?

Do you expect anyone here to back up their fatuous claims? Really?

7 inch tablets already exist. A 7 inch iPad is nothing more than vapor. But of course, Samsung is copying Apple.

Yeah! That's the ticket!
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The real question, and maybe I just missed it, what is the battery life on this thing? Is it close to the 10hr+ life of the iPad?

I doubt it. Flash on this thing will drain the battery like no tomorrow. You'll be lucky to get 5 hours out of it.

They also haven't announced their pricing, which is worrying for those people wanting to buy it. You would think that they would have announced the pricing if it significantly undercut the iPad. And since when did this thread turn into a Android loving product placement announcement of imminent fanboys wanting to buy it? If people think the iPad is gimped, just look when Android tablets start hitting the streets
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Gee I was right, all the Ipad showing up on VZ rumors was in fact a competitor product.
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id say the iPad is comparatively thinner, whilst the Galaxy Tab is in actuality thinner.

But most people would say that the iPad is thicker and the Samsung is thinner.

Adding adjectives cannot change reality.
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"One carrier" thing is Apple's Achilles heel.
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Do you expect anyone here to back up their fatuous claims? Really?

7 inch tablets already exist. A 7 inch iPad is nothing more than vapor. But of course, Samsung is copying Apple.

Yeah! That's the ticket!

This is the article that the previous poster was referring to:

http://www.9to5mac.com/23083/samsung...=Google+Reader

Whether it is true or not is a different topic.
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<Appleoid>

Look it up yourself! I don't give any support for my claims! Are you too lazy to use Google? I'm pro-Apple!

</Appleoid>

When one makes such lofty claims, the burden of proof falls upon them, not those questioning the legitimacy of such claims.

Given that I DID (in fact) 'google' "Samsung admits they're aiming to copy a rumored 7" iPad", and the ONLY thing that matches is your post here in Apple Insider - Nothing Else.

Reasonable Conclusion: It appears that these 'claims' are seriously lacking in validity.
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The iPad does have a 3'' larger screen

The real question, and maybe I just missed it, what is the battery life on this thing? Is it close to the 10hr+ life of the iPad?

Despite Apple being very slim on listing specs, they do list a good cross section of battery times and use the medium average of those times, not the minimum like other vendors.

The best I can find on this VeiwSonic tablet is a flat 10 hours. is that audio, video, web surfing, what?
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