The fourth largest wireless carrier today is now offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab for the price of $399 after rebate with a two-year contract requirement. They also offered two data plans for the tablet PC.
Analysts believe that the 7-inch touchsreen device from Samsung is way too behind Apple’s iPad in terms of tablet market acceptability since the iPad already got a 95% of the global tablet market just a few months after its release in April and has sold 8 million approximately after it was launched.
Carl Howe, Yankee Group analyst said that Galaxy Tab still has a long way to go to be able to catch up but on the bright side it has the one of the best shots at being a viable competitor of iPad due to Samsung’s excellence in distribution and its ability to work with other networks.
Sprint Nextel will be offering the Galaxy Tab this Sunday while AT& has not disclosed any info as to when they plan to sell it and how much although they’ve promised that they’ll do.
T-Mobile is also selling the Galaxy Tab in their stores; this is apart from the online sales. A sales rep in one of their stores in Framingham, Massachusetts said he only had four remaining tablets in stock and urged buyers to grab their copies before it’s gone. T-Mobile’s marketing tagline says, “Say hello to big entertainment on the go…. Announcing our first touchscreen tablet with Android-power entertainment for the whole family.” This seems to be a good promotional tagline for their aim to promote the Galaxy Tab as a multimedia access tablet for consumers.
Verizon on the other hand is targeting both residential and business sectors. Sprint’s offer is the same with T-Mobile still under a contract while Verizon is sticking to a $600 price tag with no contract. Verizon’s data plan for the Galaxy Tab is same with iPad.
Few experts believed though that many consumers will prefer iPad over the Galaxy Tab for practical reasons. Pricing is one big factor and screen size. Some believed that with pricing so close, consumers will want something big enough to be able to view more. 7-inch is just not enough. Both devices have the same resolution so there’s not much difference. Also, the idea of being tied up for another two years is not too appealing for the customers since most were already tied up with contracts due to smartphones. As with applications, many said that apple has some 300,000 apps available for the iPad compared to 100,000 Android apps. There is still quite a big difference.
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