Samsung's upcoming 7in Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, is beginning to be priced up by retailers ahead of its anticipated arrival next month. Alas, it looks like it'll be a pricey offering. UK online retailer eXpansys, for example, is taking orders for the 16GB version - if you're willing to pay £680. That seems a lot to us, …
an iPad clone, and its even more expensive. Wonder how many fandroids will buy this but yet continue to tell the world that the iPad is to expensive and Apple never innovates anything despite the fact that this and every Android phone are pretty much exact copies of Apples products.
Why would people buy this more expensive device than the Viewsonic for example. Well, they won't will they. Samsung are going to sell a few, but unless the price comes down, not that many. They seem to be bandwagoning, and it will come back to punch them in the face.
As to the rest of your epistle, well, most Apple products are copies of other companies products, just implemented in a better way. Phones? Pretty sure they existed before the iPhone, Tablets? Pretty sure they existed before the iPad, MP3 players? Pretty sure they existed before the iPod. The only real product innovation from Apple was the original Apple home computer. (Oh, hang on, I forgot about the Commodore Pet.). They have innovated in marketing and product improvement thougyh.
ViewSonic it is then.
Not likely to sell much then, is it?
It is smaller in size than the ipad, by inches so what costs more, 3g? I can't stand apple but I would rather an ipad and have £100+ in the pocket than a smaller more expensive version.
Absolutely ridiculous price
People mention the Apple tax, and in some cases, there is an Apple tax.
But every rumour behind GalaxyTab pricing suggests an absolutely ridiculous price. It's exacerbated by the fact that Samsung manufacture the (smaller) screens themselves, which should reduce costs.
It doesn't matter if this tablet can do more than the iPad, because the average consumer won't care. They'll just see it's more expensive than its bigger competitor and not as shiny. And then it won't sell - total fail.
It seems a lot to me too.
Who is going to pay more than an iPod costs?
£680?!? Who the hell do Samsung think they are?
What an absolute rip off.
There are 7 inch android tablets aplenty from chinese importers for less than 200 quid - this is just blantant profiteering by Samsung and will most likely tarnish any future android tablets may have.
Cheap Android tablets
All those cheap tablets have been awful from the reviews I've seen, with slow processors, old versions of Android, resistive input and low quality screens.
The Galaxy Tab is based on a much faster processor and should be a good device. The price is obviously an issue though. It will have to be spectacular to be worth that and even then they'll have trouble selling it over the perceived "best" device in the public eye, the iPad.
Are Samsung on Drugs?
iPad killer more expensive than real thing. are they insane?
Patience pays off
iPhans have demonstrated that early adopters lose.
Be it the now crippled Version 1 that has hardware 'challenges' or those lemming-like iPhans who lined-up to buy a Lemon 4, particularly those who bought it after Consumer Reports came out condemning the failures.
Likewise with any product, never buy an early version so that the bugs can be fixed before you put your money down.
This is especially applicable to the Android OS since Version 4, due out this fall, has tablet enhancements in it.
A small correction
I think the next release of the Android OS will be V3.
Because you can't even get a Iphone 4 without a 3 week wait now. I guess they are so crappy that everyone wants one. Oh, maybe Apple just didn't plan well, did they? I mean, anyone can make 50,000 phones a month. And keep talking about the legendary Android "enhancements" coming soon to a Device near you. Nevermind that there is no guarantee that it will work on every device... but JUST YOU WAIT until version 126.96.36.199.5, then we will bloody show Apple how crappy they are.
Bring on the thumbs down. I have a Iphone 4 that works fine, even when I hold it "incorrectly". No dropped calls, no dropped Wi-Fi, works 99.99% of the time. Geeze, what a failure Apple is, eh?
shot in the foot?
HaHaHa to the retailers. How stupid/greedy are you?
Buy huge stocks and watch them sitting in your warehouses.
Welcome to the Slaughter House.
"Alas, it looks like it'll be a pricey offering. ".
No, that doesn't just look like a pricey offering, it's a bloody slaughtering.
In any event Expansys are always expensive - no operator subsidy = no bargain price.
I am just hoping that HTC bring out a 300 Euro tablet, 7 inch, 3G and HTC Sense. Samsung's interface just looks cheap in comparison.
Samsung are looking at the retail price of the Galaxy S (£500) and have stated that it will be slightly more expensive even though play are selling a Galaxy S for £430.
So we can probably assume 'slightly' is 20% and this means that initially the price will be in the £600 range. However with the right type of tariff package, the 'up front' cost is likely to be £100-150 to the customer.
To be honest though, most phones tether now, so I can see most people wanting a wi-fi tablet, that, when they need to, can tether to their phone and those will never sell for more than £300 and even that may be a bit steep.
It will not cost that much.......
Both Amazon and Expansys are quite ruthless with pricing on anticipated new products. Besides, if it doesn't compete with iPad (and its more complete ecosystem) on price, it will fail.
The point is, it's *better* than the iPad. It can compete on its merits, not on undercutting it. There are plenty of cheap Android tablets to compete based on price, I think it's nice that there's something available for people who want a better product, and don't mind paying a bit more for it.
That's a pretty large assumption on your part, unless you have **actually** used one. No, 5 minutes at a trade fair or press event doesn't count.
"I think it's nice that there's something available for people who want a better product, and don't mind paying a bit more for it." Isn't that **exactly what Apple fanboys™ claim about Apple's pricing policy? You appear to be confusing a spec sheet with qualative user experience
Pricing has gone mad
The trouble is that all the mobile phone manufacturers have got used to the operators subsidising the users. So they all upped their prices to truly ridiculous levels. It's all skewed to hell.
It's all going to collapse like a pack of cards eventually. Especially now consumers are being tied into 2 year contracts. The market is shrinking spectacularly and these greedy bastards wonder why.
Let's face it this thing is a glorified PMP, but call it a phone and they more than double the price. Apple does the same with the Touch and iPhone. How much can a radio cost (even with certification costs factored in)?
Hmm yeah right, another keyboard warrior fandroid who compares spec lists. How does one know a device is better when it hasn't even been released yet? I'm not saying it can't be better my point is purely how can you make such a statement without having used the device.
Well, that excludes me...
And here I thought the iPad was a bit expensive for what it does and cannot do.
*wanders off to Ebay to see how much people are charging for 'gently used' tablet PCs*
Priced for Subsidy
It does look like it has been priced to favour customers signing up to a mobile contract for a 'big discount'.
I'm not sure whether people will want yet another mobile tariff, especially as most people who would naturally go for this over an iPad will likely have a decent smartphone anyway.
That said, netbooks have done very well on some very iffy contract deals.
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