Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 21:40 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The iPad pretty much has the tablet market all to itself at this point, since no serious competitor has yet been released. We've been teased to death with the first real competitor, a device from Samsung called the Galaxy Tab. It has been officially unveiled today, and it indeed looks like the first serious competition to the iPad. It runs Android, naturally.
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Wonder where it'll fall short
by FunkyELF on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 22:04 UTC
FunkyELF
Member since:
2006-07-26

I came across this guy's rant in a slashdot comment that came out when Apple announced new iWhatevers.

http://pineight.com/mw/?title=Android_pod_touch

For price... I'm sure it'll be over $300.

I skimmed the article (ctrl-f) and couldn't find any mention of android market; probably won't have it.

Is this because Market / gmail / youtube / maps is only for Google blessed devices? Has Google blessed any android device yet that is not a phone?

Oh well... at least this one isn't stuck on a 1.X release.

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RE: Wonder where it'll fall short
by Mellin on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 22:19 UTC in reply to "Wonder where it'll fall short"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

idg sweden writes that samsung galaxy tab is going to cost 9000 SEK (1,242.45 USD) in sweden


tax on hardware is 25% in sweden.

Edited 2010-09-02 22:19 UTC

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Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

Ooops. Three times my 3000 kr netbook...

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poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

"...By virtue of running Android 2.2, it also includes all the Google apps like Navigation and Latitude, and can access software from the Android Marketplace."

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2010/09/samsung-announces-galax...

it has the android market

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New iPad owner
by Moredhas on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 22:22 UTC
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2008-04-10

As a new iPad owner, the purchase glow still hasn't worn off for me, but I find mine quite useful. I use it at work and at home all the time, I ride the bus too and from work, so I use it then, too. The onscreen keyboard has taken about a week to get used to, and as a hundred word per minute touch typist, it does feel a little slow to me, but that'll probably come with more practice. It's certainly not meant to replace a full time computing device like a notebook or a desktop, but it's still pretty cool.

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RE: New iPad owner
by flanque on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 22:35 UTC in reply to "New iPad owner"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

I tend to agree. I don't have one (yet) but I've used one a few times and I just think that the iPads appeal on convenience mostly.

I treat it a bit like a Mercedes netbook.

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RE[2]: New iPad owner
by poundsmack on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 22:46 UTC in reply to "RE: New iPad owner"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

"I treat it a bit like a Mercedes netbook."

you treat it like you just paid 20% for the car and 80% for the brand name? actually, given it's (iPad) manufacturer, that's about accurate. ;)

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RE[3]: New iPad owner
by arpan on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 06:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: New iPad owner"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

So, are you saying that the iPad should be sold for $100??

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RE[4]: New iPad owner
by turrini on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 19:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: New iPad owner"
turrini Member since:
2006-10-31

Maybe $50 is appropriate, because it's assembled on China by children.

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runjorel
Member since:
2009-02-09

I am very excited about this. While I love Android and I really can't wait to see the HP WebOS tablet. (HP WebOS tablet, please don't be vaporware)

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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 23:19 UTC
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

this is not a AAA android tablet. the triple-a tablet(s) are the ones partnered with google for the android 3.0 release.

android 2.2 and earlier for these tablets is just a hack job. they're working on their own.

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by poundsmack on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 23:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

The second generation Tab will be, but not this one. Samsung's next tab will launch with 3.0.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 11:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

I don't know about that. I'm talking about the android 3.0 tablet(s) coming out this year.

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Looks good
by nt_jerkface on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 03:36 UTC
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

The ipad seems a bit bulky to me, this looks like a better size.

I'd rather see the MeeGo interface though since it doesn't look like a knock-off.

But whatever if they price it right it could definitely move some volume.

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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 14:10 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

For me the big thing is weighing up getting this or a Kindle once it is made available internationally - I hope that we'll see this made available internationally instead of the usual rip off programme by so many vendors where they refuse to sell to small countries like New Zealand :-(

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WeTab
by vivainio on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 14:19 UTC
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Member since:
2008-12-26

It seems the upcoming German MeeGo tablet "WeTab" is outselling iPad in preorders (in amazon.de):

http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/wetab-pre-orders-outpace-ipad-...

http://liliputing.com/2010/09/neofonie-wetab-now-runs-meego-linux.h...

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RE: WeTab
by nt_jerkface on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 15:18 UTC in reply to "WeTab"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Ze Germans will often go their own way when it comes to tech.

They had a majority Firefox share years before the EU declared that IE dominates because it is bundled with Windows. Ze Germans were buying Windows just as much as their neighbors which made this explanation sorely lacking.

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full hd?
by FunkyELF on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 16:04 UTC
FunkyELF
Member since:
2006-07-26

Can someone explain how "Full HD video playback" can be achieved on a 1024x600 display?

If it can't display 720P I wouldn't call it HD video playback. There should be a lawsuit.

The resolution isn't there.
With this logic someone could sell any tv as a HD tv because the cable box will downsample the HD signal.

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RE: full hd?
by LighthouseJ on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 16:18 UTC in reply to "full hd?"
LighthouseJ Member since:
2009-06-18

Looks like it's capable of displaying HD to an external display.

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jimmystewpot
Member since:
2006-01-19

For all the complaints about apple there are a few things that they have got right. The biggest in my view is their strength against the carriers... what do you I mean? The answer is simple. On all the apple wireless products there is no bloatware, no carrier cruft, they don't hold back updates waiting for some monkey to check that the bloatware works at a satisfactory level.. When I look over the fence at ALL of the competing mobile platforms they are all suffering from the same poor reputation with users for the simple fact that the carriers and handset manufacturers are contaminating the experience with either bad software that they install, holding back the software updates required to fix stuff... the list goes on and on and on.. Now we have the Galaxy tab and all I can see it offering is a bigger screen to install more bloatware... The carriers are going to love it.. 300 pieces of bloatware running on the same screen at the same time... intead of the usual 50 pieces. AWESOME!!!

Common Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Nokia.. Get a grip users don't want the carrier to install software, hold back updates until it suits them.. we are not talking about phones here.. we are talking about SMART Phones.. they are more PC than phone.. </end rant>

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Savior Member since:
2006-09-02

Because we all know that PC OEMs provide users with clean vanilla OSs on their *tops, instead of a system packed with and bogged down by all kinds of bloat/spy/adware, right?

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well, I'd rather see this problem being solved by people buying handsets from the manufacturer or from carrier-agnostic stores, instead of buying "carrier-blessed" phones.

The advantages are many and obvious :
-No more bloatware
-Updates for everyone
-People have a better understanding of how much each device costs
-Carriers can't use "but we reimburse the handset" as an excuse for forcing people to stay 1-2 years with them
-Carriers can't use it as an excuse for their pricing either

Edited 2010-09-06 08:29 UTC

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lacks the basics
by JrezIN on Mon 6th Sep 2010 13:32 UTC
JrezIN
Member since:
2005-06-29

I completely lost any interest in this product as soon as I found that there's no USB connection and it uses a proprietary dock...

So, no way I would buy or recommend it to anyone.

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