Verizon to sell 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Nov. 11 for $600

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in iPad edited January 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad will go head-to-head in Verizon stores in the U.S. starting Nov. 11, when Samsung's 7-inch tablet goes on sale for $600.



Verizon announced on Wednesday that it will sell Samsung's Android-based tablet for $599.99 just a few weeks after the nation's largest wireless carrier begins selling Apple's iPad. The two touchscreen tablets will compete on the same carrier and in the same stores.



Samsung's tablet will sell for $30 less than a 16GB iPad with 3G, though Apple's device has a larger, 9.7-inch screen. In Verizon stores, the iPad will be bundled with a 3G MiFi wireless hotspot at a cost of $629.99, and at AT&T, the iPad has integrated 3G.



But Apple still maintains has a price advantage at the entry level -- the 16GB, 9.7-inch Wi-Fi iPad lacking built-in 3G connectivity is just $499.



"This is an incredible time in mobile technology, and as a company we're excited to add the Samsung Galaxy Tab to our portfolio," said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "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."



In September, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab would be available on all four major U.S. wireless carriers. At the time, no prices or dates were given.



The device maker also plans to offer a Wi-Fi-only version of the Galaxy Tab, but has not announced a release date. The iPad sold through Verizon, bundled with a MiFi will be Wi-Fi-only.







The Galaxy Tab includes support for Adobe Flash 10.1 and a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application processor. Verizon also touted the device's ability to access V CAST Music and V CAST Song ID, VZ Navigator, Slacker Radio, Kindle for Android, Blockbuster On Demand presented by V CAST Video, and the exclusive golf game, "Let's Golf."



Like with the iPad and MiFi combo, Verizon will offer data plans for the Galaxy Tab starting at $20 for 1GB.



Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs caused a stir earlier this week when he said devices like the Galaxy Tab with a 7-inch display would be inferior to the iPad due to the smaller screen real estate. Jobs said a 7-inch screen was "meaningless" unless the device shipped with "sandpaper so that the user can sand down their fingers to about one quarter of their present size."



Research in Motion, which plans to release its own 7-inch tablet, the PlayBook, next year, fired back, saying that any issues with a smaller display exist only inside of "Apple's distortion field." RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said he thinks customers are "getting tired of being told what to think by Apple."



Jobs also took another shot at tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab running Android 2.2, the latest update to Google's mobile operating system. Jobs argued that unlike iOS, which was rebuilt to accommodate the iPad, Android 2.2 is being shoehorned into tablet devices.



"Nearly all of these tablets use Android. But even Google is saying don't use Froyo [the current release of Android OS], and instead to wait to use next years' version," Jobs said. "What does it mean when a software maker says not to use their release and you use it anyway?"
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 74
    Congratulations Samsung for pricing yourself out. And great job letting Verizon load their crapware in this thing preinstalled and probably can't be deleted.



    Are there even tablet optimized apps for Android?
  • Reply 2 of 74
    If this kicks off the vaunted "tsunami of tablets" that we've been repeatedly promised, it appears we're still at low tide.
  • Reply 3 of 74
    one word - HAHAHAH
  • Reply 4 of 74
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    Congratulations Samsung for pricing yourself out. And great job letting Verizon load their crapware in this thing preinstalled and probably can't be deleted.



    exactly. And what exactly did Samsung GAIN by letting verizon butcher this thing? I mean, there's no subsidy offered. Distribution? Couldn't Sammy muscle this into Best Buy or Target as-is, without the crapware?
  • Reply 5 of 74
    The only thing I can think is that by letting Verizon sell it, Verizon will help advertise it. Also they need a carrier to supply 3g and they probably don't have a slick built in way to sign up for such services and therefore need to have the carriers sell it.
  • Reply 6 of 74
    Also as one poster mentioned there is not a app store with optimized apps therefore all the verizon crapware could be seen as a plus since it they might be the only apps available at the moment. All this for $600, and people have the nerve to say anything about the ipad
  • Reply 7 of 74
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Hey, but it has Flash 10.1 Beta and it’s “open”. So “open” that vendors and carriers can lock it down tighter than Fort Knox.
  • Reply 8 of 74
    wonderwonder Posts: 229member
    Plus a screen that is only 45% the size of the iPad screen!
  • Reply 9 of 74
    $600!!



    Oh... okay...
  • Reply 10 of 74
    neilmneilm Posts: 589member
    I always gauge the market strength of smartphones by observing how often the carriers offer two-for-one or similar deals. Ever see that for the iPhone? Nope. Now how about the Droids on Verizon?



    It'll be interesting to see what happens with these tablets.
  • Reply 11 of 74
    This looks like a big fail, but I still like the idea of a 'tween' size. I wish Steve felt the same. I'd love to see a 5" iPod Touch and/or a 7" iPad.



    I can't see anyone but a true Android geek choosing this over the iPad.
  • Reply 12 of 74
    I think a big bright side to Verizon offering the iPad and now the Galaxy Tab with a non-contract data plan is we are seeing a trend - both major carriers have dropped their 2-year contract requirement on tablet data plans.
  • Reply 13 of 74
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iGuessSo View Post


    This looks like a big fail, but I still like the idea of a 'tween' size. I wish Steve felt the same. I'd love to see a 5" iPod Touch and/or a 7" iPad.



    I can't see anyone but a true Android geek choosing this over the iPad.



    He might. His comment was oddly specific about the size of the device when usually his comments are against how others are doing it, but I can see Apple eventually coming out with a 7?-ish iPad once they solidified their 10? model in the market.



    It?s just too soon to release another model so close to the original iPad launch. It?s only been 6 months, after all. They?d have to have a new UI, new SDK and apps for this device. It?s not feasible, unless for some reason Apple can?t get their hands on 10? iPad display panels but can get their hands on a mess of 7? panels, but I doubt that is an issue.



    Note: Even if they use the same aspect ratio and resolution of the current iPad they?d still need a new UI and SDK for this new display I/O size.
  • Reply 14 of 74
    Is it just me or is that refresh button on the weather/clock completely unnecessary? Just have it check every 30 minutes or so and get rid of it.
  • Reply 15 of 74
    I carry my iPhone in my pocket. The reported dimensions of the Samsung tablet are such that I cannot carry it in my pocket. So, if I have to carry a tablet device in my backpack or shoulder-bag, I'd rather have an iPad for the larger screen. I don't see any advantages of the Samsung...



    Plus, I just took a look at the Verizon Media Store for their app selection...clearly, it is a work in progress...but, why would I buy a device and have to wait for apps that I am currently using on my iPhone to be developed for Verizon, or that probably may never be developed ?
  • Reply 16 of 74
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    ...They?d have to have a new UI, new SDK and apps for this... new display I/O size.



    Why does a diff size iPad require all that extra work, but OSX apps work on 13, 15 and 17-inch MBs and external monitors of many diff sizes? Why isn't that display flexibility built into iOS?
  • Reply 17 of 74
    emacs72emacs72 Posts: 356member
    when the Galaxy Tab is available in Canada at a retail store i hope i'll have a chance to try it out. admittedly, i don't know much about the device so actually using it for awhile will be very helpful.
  • Reply 18 of 74
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rtdunham View Post


    Why does a diff size iPad require all that extra work, but OSX apps work on 13, 15 and 17-inch MBs and external monitors of many diff sizes? Why isn't that display flexibility built into iOS?



    One uses windowed apps the other uses the entire display for an app.

    One uses a mouse point and the other uses phalanges as the graphical input.
  • Reply 19 of 74
    motleemotlee Posts: 122member
    And people complain about the so-called "Apple Tax"



    How can they justify this pricing for a smaller display and an OS that Google says isn't ready for a tablet device?



    I read an article recently that stated "the lack of a Verizon iPhone is the only reason the average consumer knows what a Droid is".



    Having the iPad and the Galaxy in the same store should send this device straight to the clearance rack next to the Kin.
  • Reply 20 of 74
    kibitzerkibitzer Posts: 1,113member
    Think on Nov. 11 I'll have to trot down to the local Verizon store to try one out. Would they be offended if I bring along my iPad?
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