Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

Summary: Samsung said Wednesday that its Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab will hit a wide range of retail stores by April 10 at $349.99. Carrier-free retail distribution may give this old iPad rival some more life.

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Samsung said Wednesday that its Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab will hit a wide range of retail stores by April 10 at $349.99.

The move is notable on a few fronts:

  • First, Samsung will garner more carrier free distribution that could boost market share.
  • Rival tablets such as the Motorola Xoom have had limited success.
  • The Galaxy Tab supports Adobe's Flash.
  • And the price $349.99 may be right.

However, the Galaxy Tab's weaknesses are fairly well known. For starters, it has a 7-inch screen, which appeal to some but is often viewed as inferior to a 10-inch screen used by Apple's iPad.

The Galaxy Tab also runs the Android 2.2 operating system. A few months ago, this point would be viewed as a weakness, but given Android 3.0's problems with third party apps and crashes, it's possible that consumers will take the working OS over the newfangled one.

More than anything though, the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab is really an exercise in price elasticity. At $349.99 the Galaxy Tab will get a few more looks. At $250, the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab may do some damage. My guess is you'll see $250 sooner than later.

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

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  • annoyed

    annoyed to have paid $500 for this. But, I am waiting for HTC Flyer or ASUS Epad
    tatiGmail
  • Sign me Up!

    When they hit $250, I'll be buying two (his and hers)!! Have an iPad now, but it's too heavy to use as a book reader (I keep going back to my KOBO for reading), and for occasional couch browsing the internet and keeping up with e-mail, 7" is more than enough. Anyone want to buy an iPad?<br><br>Grant
    SAPSSD
    • Ha!

      @SAPSSD
      That was funny. I agree, iPad's too big for an e-reader. I use my Kobo, too, for text only, and I love it (though my wife's Kindle is hot, too). However, I've got a slew of documents in PDF format, most of which are US Letter size and most of which cannot be re-flowed down.

      But I'm not a fan of the Apple walled garden, so I'll be looking at the other options coming along, including the HP TouchPad.
      matricellc
  • I want a 9 inch model for $300. I am sure that is coming sooner or later

    too.
    DonnieBoy
  • RE: Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

    Wow, way to spread FUD.

    I haven't had an app I downloaded from the Marketplace crash my Xoom... you can't download ones that aren't compatible.
    Droid101
    • Read Xoom's reviews: the Market and apps crushed all the time

      @Droid101: Also, there are only like 17 tablet apps created so far; all the others are for phones.
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

        @denisrs Who told you that? Steve Jobs? You don't know what you are talking about.
        rlawler
      • RE: Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

        @rlawler<br><br>What denisrs says is not entirely incorrect. It was not long ago that it was being reported that there were only about 17 apps that were fully optimised for Honeycomb. Since early May (woops, I meant March), it is being reported that there were now 100. So, in reality denisrs DOES know what he is talking about . . . and you do not!
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • RE: Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

        @ptorning

        "Since early May?" Umm...
        msalzberg
      • RE: Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

        @msalzberg

        Woops. Thankyou. I of course meant March. :-)
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • The Galaxy Tab is a 2010 model. Where's the Galaxy Tab 10.1?

    The Galaxy Tab is a 2010 model. Where's the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
    bradavon
  • RE: Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

    7" is awesome. Have been really happy with the Tab for the past few months...
    nsainaney
  • Mark 'em down, move 'em out

    When Apple dumped the original iPads at $399, that was widely (and correctly) viewed as discounting the old model to clear the channel and get rid of old inventory.

    Here comes Samsung to do the same thing, only this time it's a "barrage" and a test of price elasticity.

    They'd <i>better</i> move at this price. If not, the next stop will be Woot at so-much-a-pound.
    Robert Hahn
    • RE: Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

      @Robert Hahn I agree. All this talk of $250 Galaxy Tabs assume they can be made, transported and sold by retailers (with a markup, otherwise what is the point) for under this price. You could argue that $50 would be the right price but what are the base cost of these tablets. Looks like Samsung are just dumping this POS to get it off their books. Hold on long enough and you might pick them up from the bargin bins at BestBuy.
      global.philosopher
      • RE: Samsung's Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab retail barrage starts: Price elasticity experiment begins

        @global.philosopher Isn't the Nook Color currently at $250 and getting Android 2.2? This could force the nook down further as both are essentially color e-readers @ that price.
        DAMANgoldberg
  • Well at 250, it'll fly -- if also polished.

    I think I'm critical of any brand and tech, as well as optimistic about new tech. (What's the problem with these permanent brand partisans on ZDNet? -- employees? stockholders? shills?)<br><br>At 250$, I'm guessing it'll sell pretty well as an upscale media player (w/bluetooth stereo headset)/coffee shop web browser/android enthusiast gadget/e-reader, etc...<br><br>It will probably also appeal to the hold-outs who are still leery of smartphone data/voice plan price-gouging, as well as international travelers who need a portable device to hold their e-docs.<br><br>Samsung will still have to do polishing to address any lingering consumer problems/dissatisfaction/annoyances with the hardware/software/support.<br><br>I've been an early pre-release fan (and still am) of the iPad (against then-prevailing nay-say opinion), but I don't have one, cuz, frankly, I want to use an SD-card, and I don't want I-Tunes controlling my media content.<br><br>The 7" form factor, might be more pocket-able and this will appeal to guys who don't want to carry a man-bag, or a woman who wants to carry a small-bag.<br><br>Their keyboard dock for the Tab, isn't what I'd consider optimal design. The Tab should dock horizontally (wide-screen -- as the ergonomic design trend with all laptops), and the keyboard might be more portable -- so as to completely obviate the need to carry another laptop while on a business trip.
    voltrarian