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Apple’s iconic tablet, the iPad is going to start seeing some competition. Four major U.S. carriers are launching Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch tablet powered by Google’s Android OS. Here is a short unboxing video of the Sprint variant of the tablet.

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In less than week, you can go out and buy what will essentially be the first major competitor to Apple’s iconic and briskly selling iPad. The Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch tablet powered by Google’s Android OS is likely to hit the stores in days and will be available from four major U.S. carriers. Folks from Sprint are selling their version of the device for $399 plus two different 3G data plans — $30 a month (2 GB/Month data) and $60 a month (5 GB/month data) — and they sent me one for review.

The device arrived in my hands yesterday evening, and while I didn’t have much time to review the hardware, we put together an un-boxing video. My very brief impression of the device so far: It’s fast, easy to use and actually feels a lot more responsive than your typical Android smartphone, thanks to the Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird application processor and 2GB of onboard memory. It’s quite handsome and definitely easier to hold than an iPad. At 13.5 ounces, it’s almost half the weight of the iPad. More importantly, it’s a good device to tap into Google’s services.

Hope you enjoy the video and come back for the review later this week.

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  1. thewnewsjunkie Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    Why would I want such a small tablet if I already have a smart phone?

  2. Samsung Tablet looks great there is just one problem is to expensive who wants to be tied down to a phone company bad enough we have contracts with cell phones for the price that they asking for, for that I get a Ipad and only wifi which is 400 to 500 which is less and 3 inches bigger that the tablets (samsung). Dont get more wrong If the price is right and only Wifi I would get one.

    1. Issac

      I think you are right about the price and I bet we see a major price war amongst all these folks and the tablet prices are going to come down. Which is good for the market!

    2. Isaac, I agree they need to get a WiFi only variant on the market. I am not interested in another mobile account. BTW, a WiFi only iPad starts at $499, not 400 to 500. I thing there’s and argument to be made for the value Galaxy Tab (things like expandable memory via microSD, two cameras). I also find value in being able to choose different keyboards and browsers as I see fit thanks to the Android Market. Yes Apple is a benchmark but I think the Galaxy Tab and its price point stands on the merits of the hardware and the Android platform.

  3. From what I’ve seen of reviews, the Galaxy Tab isn’t going to break any sales records, but I love the 7″ form factor. At least you could thumb type on it while walking around, which is more than could be said for the iPad.

    It’s interesting that even with the smaller size, they copied Apple’s full, wide bezels on all four sides. I’m waiting for the obvious “iPhone-esque” small tablet, with smaller bezels on the side so you can work it better in portrait mode, instead of giving up that capability in return for some misguided attempt to make the tablet usable from all angles.

    1. While you are walking around thumb typing and not paying attention to your surroundings, I’ll come by and easily snatch your device from you.

  4. The guy in the video sure doesn’t look like Om Malik to me.

    1. There goes my plan to enter the Om Malik lookalike contest…

  5. For the price of the tab I expected phone capabilities. That is a deal breaker for me. It is a shame because otherwise it is a very good device. Why is it the US carriers opted out of phone services. I do not want to carry more than one device with me.

  6. My word, that’s expensive! Even here in Oz we pay lees. Galaxy Tab with 3G and 20GB data is $59 per month and nothing up front.

    Gordon

  7. I have this in India…It is very good but not excellent…I am using it for the past 1 week and it seems ok….It seems a bit costly in comparison to iPad…I like iPad more..

  8. Carry around the iPad I still feel like I have a small laptop. Perhaps the Samsung Galaxy might be a better option. Only a few days away from release!

    Either way, my software development company targets both platforms for our application development services so hopefully it will be VERY well received.

    Brett Miller
    http://www.customsoftwarebypreston.com

  9. It does seem expensive for a non-WiFi device and no phone service. It is small enough to carry in you coat or case, the iPad is kind of big for that. At mainstreethost.com we can make apps for both so we hope this takes off too. I will have to do a research study on the Samsung to get a better feel for it.

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