Posts Tagged ‘Samsung-Galaxy-Tab’

Samsung hints at lower price, better hardware for Galaxy Tab 10.1 in light of the iPad 2

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Tablets, tablets, tablets! Competition, competition, completion! Those are the two chants we seem to be hearing a lot recently in the mobile world and thanks to Apple’s iPad 2 unveiling last Wednesday, it seems that more than a few company executives are reconsidering their options and focus in the tablet market.

One such company is Samsung who as of recently has been mull about the specific launch details and pricing of its second generation Galaxy Tab device. The Honeycomb tablet which was announced at Mobile World Congress last month is set to compete directly with the Xoom as well as the forth coming iPad 2 and many other tablets which are to be released later this year.

Now Samsung’s VP Lee Don-Joo is saying that the company is looking at its own tablet and is considering the improvement of inadequate parts. While the vice president did not elaborate as to what specifically he was speaking about in terms of changing to the device, he did that that “Apple made the iPad 2 very thin.” In light of this he did say that Samsung is considering a change to its pricing strategy as well as the parts used in the device. It was made clear that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would cost more than the Galaxy Tab 7-inch, but in light of Apple’s aggressive pricing strategy, the company (Samsung) is considering cutting heavily into its profit margins as well as taking a loss of profit altogether in order to make the Tab 10.1 a success.

Now if only Motorola could take a cue from this. And while we’re at it, we’re hoping HP is taking note and does not pull any high price points with their TouchPad.

Source: Engadget

Motorola Stingray Teaser Video Released

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

It is all fair sport in the advertising world, and companies can and will point fingers at each other and laugh if it helps boost their products. Motorola has taken a quick jab at both Apple and fellow Android supporters Samsung on their tablet devices as the company prepares the world for their upcoming Stingray unveiling at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show this coming 2011.

According to the advertisement, the iPad is basically a giant iPhone. While it was meant to be a criticism, a second look at the tech specs reveals that Motorola was a bit off. Calling the iPad a giant iPhone gives it more credit than what is due. For one thing, the iPad lacks texting and calling capabilities, and of course, the lack of a camera on the tablet is pretty evident.

The Galaxy Tab on the other hand, was called an Android OS device, but using an Android OS for a mobile phone –which is more on the spot and actual state of the device. Even Google has specifically stated that the pre-Honeycomb versions of the open source platform are not optimized for use with tablet devices.

Where this criticism fails is in forgetting the fact that Samsung could easily update the tablet to the latest version of the OS (unless Motorola paid off a very expensive exclusivity deal on the Honeycomb –or at least, a time delay before a multi-device patch comes out).

So are we excited about the Stingray? For all accounts, we are pretty much expecting another Galaxy Tab that simply has an updated Android OS. Aside from that, the specs are pretty much what we would expect to see from a high end tablet these days. What would change the game is if the Stingray provided us with a faster dual core processor and impressive graphics capabilities as well as a high internal memory capacity –of course, all of that would still need to be complemented by a whole new line of made-for-tablet apps in the Android Market.

Mobile News: Today’s Highlights

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The Bada operating system has just celebrated its first year in the smart phone industry. With now well over a million devices sold and plenty more expected, the Samsung made mobile platform is certainly carving out its own niche. Admittedly, the system still has to go a long way (and it is a pretty small niche), but considering how new the system is and that this is Samsung’s first proprietary system, the performance of the Bada is quite impressive.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 owners will finally get to try out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile platform. However, this will not be through an officially released update. The features will be running straight from a ROM emulator. While this provides little practical use, it does prove that the X10 does have the hardware needed to run the new OS.

HTC has announced that the Wildfire smart phone will also be getting an update to Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo. The announcement just came in right after they officially stated that the HTC Legend will be updated just a day ago. The big announcement is certainly great news for the owners of the communication based Wildfire handset.

Huawei’s Ideos smart phone is now officially available in local stores. According to sources, the new budget Android will be priced at a nice 150 Pound price tag. Those who have been hoping to start switching to the Android might find this device as a great fit since it is also available for free when under a contract. Mobile retailer eXpansys currently has the device in stock.

Samsung is making people enticed to by the Galaxy Tab touch screen tablet. According to reports, buying a Tab now will net users with 200 GBP worth of media content. The limited offer deal will be running from this December until the first week of February and provides users with over 50 tracks from eMusic, 15 films from the Samsung online store, 7 Gameloft titles and 5 eBooks -pretty sweet deal for a holiday tablet.

The Next in Mobile Tech: Tablets and Gaming

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Tablets are now the next big gadget to own at home. Sure, they certainly serve a lesser practical purpose than a smart phone or a net book, but they are so convenient that not having one seems to be pretty close to a sin.

The Apple iPad has shown the world how easy it is to just pick up a tablet, browse the latest news updates, send a quick email, check your social networking account and even read a digital book in just one sitting, using just one device –all without both the hassle of fiddling around with a net book.

Samsung takes it a little further with the Android Galaxy Tab. This touch screen tablet may be smaller, but the size is so ergonomically sound that reading eBooks for long periods is preferable on the Tab than on the iPad –mostly due to the iPad’s significantly larger size.

Flash support is another major issue. There are plenty of great websites on the internet that use Flash content –not only for media, but also for navigation purposes as well. In this sense, Apple’s web experience is lacking one very important aspect.

The Galaxy Tab has just hit the 1 million sales mark recently and is a testament to how strong the importance of ergonomic design and Flash support is to the tech industry.

Sony Ericsson’s new Zeus smart phone (also called as the Z1) has been shown in a new video. This new vid highlights the use of the Android 2.3 Éclair OS on the new handset. The gaming controls have also been shown off, showcasing a directional pad and control buttons.

The only thing lacking now is the Playstation brand –which seems to be out of the question and makes one wonder what sort of game this new device will be able to attract. Without SCE backing the device, the gaming phone would hardly be impressive at all.

Tablet Prices to Go Down for the Holidays

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Touch screen tablets are not necessary devices to have at home, but they certainly are a joy to have around. Imagine being able to access the web, your email, social networking account, and all the top news stories from the comfort of your couch, or bed, or even the front porch –much like reading a newspaper, but with media access.

Indeed, tablets are slowly becoming a common device to have around –not quite a staple yet, considering how many people cannot afford the hardware. In terms of cost, tablets are still not cost effective –one could opt to buy a couple of mid range smart phones instead. Or even a single high end one then simply save the plentiful change.

Samsung and RIM however, want you to have touch screen tablets, and as such, they have both announced price cuts for their respective tablets.

The Android Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab comes with a 1GHz CPU, a camera and a 7 inch capacitive touch screen display. It can handle media, eBooks and of course, the whole line of Google’s Android apps. One of the best things about this device: it is Flash capable. Forget the whole issue about the Tab being 3 inches smaller in screen size as compared to the iPad –the smaller screen is actually more ergonomic; this is a big plus for those who love to read digital eBooks (since the iPad actually becomes a little heavy after a while). Originally priced at over 600 Pounds, the new price tag now comes at a much more reasonable 489.99 Pounds.

RIM is not bringing down the price on the BlackBerry Playbook, though the price difference is not as significant as Samsung’s new cost. This is mostly likely due to the fact that the Playbook has already come out at a much reasonable cost of being less than 400 Pounds. This is far from being a budget tablet –like the eTouch, but the QNX OS provides buyers with a very compelling argument.

Samsung’s Big Plans for the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S

Friday, November 5th, 2010

To say that Korean phone maker Samsung is taking the charge as one of the largest phone makers in the mobile handset industry is an understatement. The company is out to dominate, and if current sales figures alone are not an indication, their plans certainly are.

First off, Samsung has confirmed that a total of 20 million Galaxy S handsets are being planned to be shipped out before the end of 2010. This will count in all other Galaxy S devices released previously. The spread of the super AMOLED touch screen equipped handset is set to change the way users view smart phone technology. With the Windows Phone 7’s popularity on the slow rise and the iOS still maintaining a strong hold on the industry, this aggressive marketing by Samsung is just what the Android needs.

Aside from having a 4 inch super AMOLED touch screen display, the Galaxy S also has a 1GHz CPU, a 5 mega pixel camera, and a newly announced WiFi direct feature (to be added in an upcoming update or patch).

The Galaxy Tab is currently Samsung’s main touch screen tablet device. It has been criticized for having a pretty hefty price tag, but considering the hardware in this device, as well as the Android operating system that it uses, the cost is pretty practical –though buyers might be blinded by the Apple branding and larger touch screen display on the Apple iPad.

According to Samsung, they plan to sell at least a million Tabs before the end of this year –with sales of the tablet continuing until next year. While the sales of the iPad has been successful, a lot of people are holding off the move to get a tablet until a better product option is available and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is definitely it.

News Bits: Today’s Highlights

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Samsung has announced that it will be launching the dual screen smart phone: Continuum this coming November 8. The official announcement from the Korean phone maker official disproves all the rumors about the Google Nexus Two –aside from that, official spokespersons from the manufacturer have directly stated that there is no Google branded device coming from the company.

This is not all that surprising; after all, it was originally Google who announced that there would be no Nexus Two –at least not anytime soon. After all, the point of the Nexus series is to serve as the benchmark and milestone for the next generation of Android handsets –pushing a new standard so soon would be counter-productive.

In any case, this is still pretty exciting news, even for those in the UK. While the Continuum is said to be an exclusive device made for US carrier Verizon, the same can be said for the Motorola Droid and the HTC Aria. Both of the two handsets are now locally available in the UK, though they have gone through a quick name change.

Moving on to more Samsung news, the P1000 Galaxy Tab is now officially on store shelves and we highly suggest for those interested in buying the device to go for a good data plan –especially if you are on the go. For those who plan to leave this tablet behind at home, the WiFi access is more than enough.

Despite being a 7 inch device –much smaller than the Apple iPad, Samsung’s tablet has a pretty hefty price tag –sometimes hitting even over the 500GBP mark. Best save up your budget if this is the tablet you are planning to get.

Lastly, the reports are in and it appears that Google’s Android OS market has grown to more than ten times the original value. In the US market alone, the Android holds almost half of the smart phone industry. Expect to see similar results in the UK.

Windows, Android and iOS: Tablet Wars

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Apple has already taken the big lead in the tablet industry by being the first to launch a touch screen tablet device. The Apple iPad was a pretty big success for its time and despite the fact that our society does not exactly have a space or specific use for tablet technology, the presence of the touch screen device has been much appreciated supported.

This is why it was not surprising to know that some of Apple’s largest competitors in the industry quickly jumped into the tablet scene –after all, many were already developing tablet devices even before the iPad was being planned. Of course, it was pretty impressive to see that among the first new tablets to be made available is none other than Android devices.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab certainly set a new bar for the tablet devices thanks to its smaller, ergonomic size and by having a wider range of user friendly features.

Not, it seems that even Microsoft is planning to finally push through with their plans. It may be recalled that MS has already been working with HP earlier on to develop tablet technology. Steve Ballmer, current CEO of Microsoft, has stated that “We as a company will need to cover all form factors. We have done work around the tablet as a productivity device and a consumption device… You’ll see slates with Windows on them, you’ll see them this Christmas, you’ll see them continue to change and evolve… Right now we have got to get back seriously into the game of phones.”

With the new Windows Phone 7 operating system seemingly ready to replace the Windows Mobile platform as the new OS of choice for the Silicon Valley giant, it is not surprising that Ballmer is still holding off further tablet plans until later this coming December.

One big advantage that the Windows Phone 7 OS is that it was likely developed to be made compatible with both mobile phones and tablet devices –something that the Google Android operating system or even the Apple iOS is not.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Confirmed for November Launch

Monday, October 4th, 2010

It seems that the Galaxy Tab’s official launch date has finally been confirmed. Plenty of time has passed since we first got a glimpse of the massive 7 inch Android gadget back in Korea and now, the time has come to finally announce the tablet’s official UK launch date: November 1.

So far, Samsung has not yet detailed if there will indeed be a launch event, but those who are planning to get a touch screen tablet might want to consider freeing up that day in order to get in line.

While Google has specifically stated that the Android operating system has not been designed with tablet devices in mind, many manufacturers have seen the potential of an Android tablet, and Samsung is among the first that fully pushed with the idea. In fact, this 7 inch, capacitive touch screen device is the first official Android tablet that will hit the store shelves (other Android tablets are also in the works from other manufacturers as well).

As stated, this tablet runs Google’s Android operating system. Loaded in the phone is version 2.2 Froyo which provides support for plenty of new features including the latest Flash player, version 10.1.

One of the biggest issues that the Galaxy Tab has had since it was announced is the projected price. According to many sources, the tablet would be costly especially on SIM free plan with estimates placing the Tab at a price range of a little under 800 GPB –even more expensive that Apple’s iPad.

But for a tablet with the Android operating system, built in cameras and a more ergonomic design, the extra cost makes sense –but still places the device well out of budget for many interested buyers. It has also been reported that on data plans, the device might become available for about 300 Pounds, but only for two year contracts with an unlimited data plan.

Samsung Galaxy Tab to Cost almost 800 Pounds

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

How much is an Android tablet?

This is going to be the big question for anyone hoping to purchase the Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab on a SIM-free deal these days. According to various sources, the price tag on the touch screen tablet will be a hefty 799 Pounds. That is more than enough to buy three low end smart phones, and still have change left over. However, considering all the features and capabilities of the Galaxy Tab, there might some better reason as to why the tablet is a full 100 Pounds more expensive than even Apple’s iPad.

The Apple iPad, a first glance, will seem like the more useful device. It has got that typical Apple branded look and of course, a larger touch screen display. At 9.7 inches, the iPad screen is almost three inches larger than the screen on the Galaxy Tab which only has a 7 inch touch screen display.

Looking up close however, reveals that the Tab has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. Sure, it may have a smaller touch screen but as an Android device, the Tab brings plenty of features and extras that are not included by default in the iPad (which uses the iOS). It also supports voice calls, a feature that is not commonly supported in tablet devices.

Still, despite all the additional content, there is still the matter of the expensive price tag, and 100 Pounds is a big difference in price –particularly a tablet that will be seeing less use than a significantly cheaper, but still high end Android smart phone.

For now, the general consensus about the Galaxy Tab is that it is a great device for those planning to get it on a tariff –which reduces the cost by an incredible amount or by simply purchasing a high end smart phone instead (Samsung’s very own i9000 Galaxy S is often a good choice).