Samsung Galaxy Tab coming to Sprint on November 14

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet will be coming to all four major US wireless carriers and Sprint gets theirs on 14 November.

I am satisifed with my Apple iPad as a tablet device that I use for media consumption, couch surfing, and ebook reading, but as a gadget freak I am open to new devices as well. Sprint just announced that their Samsung Galaxy Tab model will be coming to the Sprint network on 14 November for $399.99 and you can pre-order now by purchasing a $50 Sprint gift card. The $399.99 is for a new two-year plan with two data plan options, 2GB for $29.99 per month and 5GB for $59.99 per month. You can buy this model Galaxy Tab with no contract for $599.99.

I already pay Sprint $79.99 for my HTC EVO 4G and another $29.99 per month for the WiFi hotspot feature and I wish there was just a WiFi only option. However, I do see that the Samsung Galaxy Tab does include support for acting as a mobile hotspot to share connectivity via WiFi for up to five devices. This would be through a 3G connection rather than the 4G connection I can get with my EVO 4G. The problem is that you have to pay yet another $29.99 just to enable this feature so there is no way I am personally going to get a Samsung Tab and pay all of these additional monthly fees. I will wait for the WiFi only model to consider this since I rarely use my iPad outside of a WiFi area and just do not see the need for a tablet sized device where smartphones meet on the go needs.

Specifications for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab include:

  • Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing
  • 7-inch enhanced TFT touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom
  • Android 2.2, with access to more than 80,000 apps on Android Market
  • 4,000 mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • 2GB onboard memory, 16GB microSD card included, with support for up to a 32GB microSD card
  • ThinkFree Office to open and make changes to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDF documents
  • Sprint Mobile Hotspot capability connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Integrated GPS with Sprint Navigation
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Dual camera: 3-megapixel camera with camcorder and flash, and front-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera enabling video chat
  • Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service to wirelessly connect via DLNA
  • printers and more
  • Stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth® 3.0 with A2DP Stereo and EDR
  • Dimensions: 7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 inches and 13.58 ounces

The Galaxy Tab does have support for the Android Market and enhanced applications for the larger tablet form factor. Does the 3G-enabled Galaxy Tab appeal to you? Would you use it in place of your smartphone?

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