Samsung tab to break the $350 price barrier

Summary:Samsung announced will sell a Wi-Fi-only version of the Galaxy tab for $349. The move is an attempt to challenge the dominance of the iPad, but can a $350 tablet do any significant damage?

Samsung announced that it will begin selling a Wi-Fi-only version of the 7-inch Galaxy tab for $349 on April 10. (Verizon and Sprint currently offer the 7-inch 3G model for $499 or $199 with a two-year contract.)

The move is obviously intended to challenge the dominance of Apple's iPad, but can a $350 tablet do any significant damage to the iJuggernaut that is the iPad? I doubt it.

While it's a nice device, the tab is only 7-inches which doesn't really stack up to the 9.7-inch iPad (unless you want to put it in your pocket, that is). And then there's apps, the App Store has more than the Android Market – which matters.

While it competes with the iPad, the Galaxy tab price cut signals a shift in pricing away from the whopping $800 starting price of the Motorola Xoom.

But has it become a race to the bottom?

Photo: Nexus One Central

Topics: Tablets, Mobility, Networking, Samsung, Wi-Fi

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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