Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Tab starts retail rollout

Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Tab starts retail rollout

Summary: Samsung said that it will offer its 10-inch Galaxy Tab in limited quantities in New York on June 8 and open it up for pre-orders on Best Buy.

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Samsung said that it will offer its 10-inch Galaxy Tab in limited quantities in New York on June 8 and open it up for pre-orders on Best Buy.

The 10.1 inch Tab is Samsung's effort to give Apple a serious run. The 10.1 inch tab is Wi-Fi and 8.6 mm. A 16GB version will start at $499 with a 32GB version at $599.

I've been testing the 10-inch Tab running on Honeycomb 3.0. My initial takeaways are:

  • The hardware is very nice;
  • Third party apps can crash;
  • But overall, Samsung's Tab is worth consideration, especially with the updated Honeycomb.

Samsung's larger tablet will run Android Honeycomb 3.1, an improvement over the previous version. Google said at its I/O conference that it was pushing 3.1 out to existing tablets.

The latest Tab will be available at Best Buy's Union Square store.

Samsung added that a future software upgrade will add a user interface for better viewing of pictures and social feeds as well as a media hub. Samsung will also add a Readers Hub that will include 2.2 million books, 2,000 magazines and 2,300 magazines.

In the end, Samsung is hoping the hardware package, which is slick, an improved Honeycomb and media and periodical support can better compete with the iPad.

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Topics: Laptops, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Mobility, Samsung, Software, Tablets

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  • RE: Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Tab starts retail rollout

    Can't wait to go test drive one.
    Droid.Incredible
    • Hardware is very nice, but worse than iPad 2 in key parts except for raw

      @Dev-Head: ... resolution of the screen (better cameras and stereo speakers are nice, but not among key features).<br><br>Tegra-2 SoC is thrice slower in graphics than Apple's A5, and it has no proper vector FPU, so it is almost ten times slower than that.<br><br>While the screen boasts 30% better details/two-dimensional resolution, it's layers are not glued together to fight parasitic refraction (Samsung has this technology only for smaller devices, where company calls such displays with "Super"/"Super Clear" prefixes). And while used technology PLS is advertised as competitor to IPS, which Samsung did not licence from Hitachi, the actual quality of this technology is to be seen. (Lawsuit from Hitachi is also possible, since PLS very much possibly copies key patented concepts of IPS.)<br><br>AndroidOS 3.1 is definitely improvement in stability, but still presents a more cluttered experience comparing to iOS.<br><br>Also, there are still almost no tablet applications.<br><br>All in all, there is little point in buying Galaxy Tab 10.1 <b>unless buyer has purely religious motives</b>.
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Tab starts retail rollout

        @denisrs You have no legit evidence for most of these claims and searching parasitic refraction you are the only one that worries about it... If you want to pay more for less that's fine but not everyone does.
        slickjim
      • RE: Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Tab starts retail rollout

        @denisrs
        So... spreading lies just for fun. Typical Apple fanboy behavior.
        Droid101
      • Samsung worries about parasitic refraction, too -- with their screens for

        @Peter Perry: ... higher end smartphones (they call these screens with prefix "Super"/"Super Clear").

        But, unlike Apple, they can not provide this technology for bigger size displays like 10.1 would require.


        @Droid101: name the "lies". As of now, you behave as Android blinded fanatic that denies basic facts of reality, which are characteristics of Galaxy Tab 10.1
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Tab starts retail rollout

        @denisrs That's a load of Crap man... Apple buys their displays and Samsung is every bit as capable of using of making a display as LG is... if you need proof I have a Samsung super Amoled Display that beats the iPhone 4 display in every area but resolution on my phone!

        Even more, the Benchmarks are flawed and that was shown in the past... it is more likely that the Vectors were not yet supported in the software than it is Nvidia released a non standard CPU.

        As for the Honeycomb experience, it is anything but clutered... I do not have to have a single item on my desktop if I don't want to but with iOS Clutter that is the only place there is to pu them.
        slickjim
      • RE: Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Tab starts retail rollout

        @denisrs Oh and all you did was speculate some more without real evidence. I have come to expect that from you.
        slickjim
      • Are you ignorant? Apple does not buy screens from Samsung for iPads and ...

        @Peter Perry: iPhone 4 since the specification is IPS technology and Samsung does not have license from Hitachi for this. (Hearsay/tabloid sources like digitimes make up things on the fly and do not know this basic fact.)<br><br>Also, tests are very much developed and fine-tunes. No wonder that A5 is thrice faster than Tegra-2: graphics so-processor there takes the same area as whole Tegra-2 SoC.
        DDERSSS
  • iPad

    Just got my iPad from fedex today!!
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Tab starts retail rollout

      @Hasam1991 -- and how much is FedEx selling them for?
      sackbut
  • Why Wait to Buy Galaxy Tab 10?

    When you can buy a Motorola Xoom WiFi for the same price (at 32GB) and have it today? Plus, with the Xoom, you don't get any additional crapware, just the basics. <br><br>I don't see anything in terms of features and price that makes it a compelling choice in an Android tablet.
    ancientprogrammer