What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

Summary: Best Buy will reportedly sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Wi-Fi version, for $499. That's $100 too high to sway this consumer.

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Best Buy will reportedly sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Wi-Fi version, for $499.

Pocketables.net highlights some leaked Best Buy signage showing the Tab going for $499.

The pricing instantly got me and Jason Perlow bickering. For starters, I'm not paying $499 for a 7-inch Galaxy Tab. To me, Android is the value play. It's not the equivalent of an iPad in the tablet market. You have an unknown horse for $499 and a proven winner for the same price. What are you going to go with?

I need the Wi-Fi Tab to be $399 to even start the discussions.

Now before the techies in the house jump down my throat, I realize the following:

  • Samsung's 7-inch screen could be as sharp as the iPad's 10-inch screen.
  • There are two cameras.
  • Memory is expandable.
  • The Tab has Android 2.2 and the apps that go with it.

As Perlow noted: "There's a lot of freakin hardware in that device."

My reply: "Yeah you tell that to the average consumer."

You can talk resolution, AMOLED screens and all sort of good stuff all day, but the iPad will wow you just as much as the Tab. And frankly, the Tab has to do more. The iPad to the tablet market is the same as Kleenex in tissues. Or Xerox for copiers. The iPad says premium to the consumer. Android says value.

I need the value. And at $499 the Tab is a tough sell.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Networking, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

    Yea $499-$599 is a non-starter price. They needed to come in sub $350-400 to even be on most average consumers radar. Frankly, I'm not even sure if I'm going to get one right away - might let it ride and see what happens.
    JT82
    • 7 inches should be $300...

      ...but then again, Apple's 10 inches with no 3G should be $400.

      And before anyone else says it, "That's what she said."
      nix_hed
      • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

        @nix_hed that's what she said.... :)
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    • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

      @JT82
      Hell its worth it just for Flash so that you really can go to all the web and not the 30% that Jobs wants you to see
      rparker009
      • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

        @rparker009
        Yeah and all the Spyware that Google wants to have you carry around. I'd rather use the iPad than a device riddled with Google Spyware. Most flash on the internet is all obnoxious advertisements. Nice try stupid.
        audidiablo
      • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

        @rparker009 But unlike you and the majority of the Apple haters on here, the average consumers who are the ones buying these by the millions don't really care that flash isn't on the iPad and won't miss it 95+% of the time.
        non-biased
      • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

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      • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

        rparker009 --

        You mean that the average customer doesn't want to hit the numerous sites on the web that employ Flash? I find that hard to believe.

        Most users have no concept of the Apple vs. Adobe vs. Microsoft vs. Google (etc.) religious wars that preoccupy so many geeks here. All they'll know is that that shiny new iPad they bought won't display the page containing the game, media, or rich UI they wanted to see. If I were that person, I'd say "What's wrong with my iPad?" and not "Oh, I understand ... Steve Jobs is looking out for me by protecting me from the big, bad interweb."

        For the record -- before the accusations fly -- I'm not a shill for Adobe, Google, or Microsoft, nor am I a Flash developer. I'm just someone who would prefer to browse to everything on a tablet that I can on my desktop without Steve Jobs acting as my nanny.
        Churlish
  • I am sorry. 7 inches is simply too small.

    nt
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate Size queen? :-p
      JT82
    • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      There's a trite joke here, that you walked into, that I'm dying to say, but will refrain for the sake of harmony. ;^)
      vikingnyc@...
      • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

        @vikingnyc@... LOL - I'm sorry I was thinking the same thing, and yes it is sophomoric, but it was laid out there plain and simple.
        ItsTheBottomLine
    • That's what she said! [N/T]

      [N/T]
      Stormbringer_57th
    • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      Actually, I'd like to try the 7" form factor. I'm curious if it will allow for typing with thumbs as opposed to the iPad. If so, it may be a better fit.
      kb5ynf
    • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      That's what she said.
      trickytom3
    • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz sure... no 7" format will ever catch on. No would buy a portable DVD or media player, or any kind of reading material, with a 7" or less screen.

      Oh wait... they do all the time. A tablet isn't a PC, you're using it more like a book than a computer. So 7" is perfectly fine for viewing, and dramatically better for portbility than a 10" or greater screen. What really matters is resolution and bright-light readability, far as the display goes. And as far as general functionality, you need all-day battery life.

      On top of that, any peripheral support: USB, SD, HDMI, etc. That will make such a device far more useful than an iPad. Still overpriced at $500, but that price won't stick.
      Hazydave
    • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      When it is considered the primary reason for buying a tablet, the major reason is portability for travelling (holidaying), day-to-day organisation, waiters, hospital staff etc but something that can actually fit into a large pocket or perhaps a waistbelt. A 10" screen is nice but it's not as portable as a 7" which is usable by someone my size with large hands & long, chubby fingers & in a standing position. The 10" becomes not so portable in these environments. My next purchase will be a quality tablet, not an iPad (rest assured on that), running Android 2.2 (at least).
      alfielee@...
      • RE: What will you pay for an Android tablet? Wrong answer: $499

        @alfielee@... exactly. Thats what all these idiots dont understand. 10" isnt portable. It doesnt fit ANYWHERE. You have to carry it in a bag, and if you have to carry around a bag, you might as well carry a laptop or a notebook. You know, a device that ACTUALLY does something other than consume content. At 7" a waiter could put it in their uniform, on a belt, or delivery people could have it attached to them somewhere. It can fit in a large pocket or a small pouch of something. It won't require its own bag.
        Jimster480