A recent report in The New York Postsuggested that a high number of Galaxy Tab buyers aren't exactly pleased with their purchase, quoting a return rate of around 15 percent. That would certainly be cause for concern for Samsung, or at least it would be if it were true. According to Samsung, that's all a bunch of hogwash and the actual return is much, much lower.
Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab was once hyped as a potential iPad killer, at least before it was released. And now? Well, some analysts say the number of Galaxy Tabs being returned is as high as 15 percent, The New York Postreports.
"Consumers aren't in love with the device," said Tony Berkman, a consumer tech analyst with ITG.
Whether or not that number is accurate, we don't know, though Samsung did recently announce it had shipped 2 million Galaxy Tab devices. That's an impressive number, especially for a tablet running a version of Android that wasn't designed with tablets in mind, as opposed to Google's upcoming Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform.
A leaked PR schedule for the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2011 event managed to fall into the hands of Electronista, who posted the details to the Web. Assuming it's real, the itinerary confirms Samsung is working on a pair of second-generation Galaxy devices.
There aren't any details to go on, just the fact that Samsung plans to present the Galaxy S 2 smartphone and Galaxy Tab 2 tablet at MWC. Depending on the direction Samsung takes these devices, we could be in store for some nifty upgrades. Imagine a dual-core processor in the Galaxy S 2, along with a bigger screen and front-facing camera. And as for the Galaxy Tab 2, we'd be willing to gamble (a small sum) that it will ship with a 10-inch screen, a speedier processor, and of course Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).
What would you like to see included in the next generation of Galaxy devices? Hit the jump and sound off!
If you purchased a Galaxy Tab through Verizon within the last couple of weeks, then it will be worth the cost of gas to drive back and collect a partial refund.
According to Droid-Life.com, Verzion cut the price of the Tab to $499 and is offering $100 cash back to anyone who paid $599 within the last 14 days. For new buyers, not only do you get the cheaper rate, but Verizon's also throwing in $60 worth of movie rentals via the Blockbuster app or Media Hub.
In case you haven't been following, the Galaxy Tab is the first real challenger to Apple's iPad, albeit in a smaller 7-inch form factor. You can read our full evaluation of Samsung's slate right here.
If you have a lot of disposable income, and very little common sense, the latest Samsung Android tablet announcement is right up your alley. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a moderately priced affair, but perhaps the more well off would be interested in the Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition. This little beauty will cost $1000, a few hundred more than the standard version.
Are the buttons festooned with gold, or tiny diamonds? Maybe the screen is larger and more luxurious? Nope. In fact, this tablet is exactly the same as the regular Galaxy Tab, except it comes with a fancy leather case and a Bluetooth headset. Sound questionable? Well hurry up and decide if you'd like this super limited edition product, because Samsung will only take your $1000 starting Wednesday, and running through January. Decisions, decisions…
The iPad has looks like it’s going to walk away with the dubious distinction of being the most successful tablet of 2010, but then again it hasn’t really had much competition. The Samsung Galaxy Tab was arguably the first high profile Android challenger on the market, and its actually sort of amazing just how quickly they’ve been making up ground. News broke a couple weeks ago claiming Samsung had shipped 600,000 units, but we are now hearing reports of over 1 million sold as of December 3rd.
It still only represents only a fraction of the number of units Apple has sold, but it looks like this race is just starting to heat up. It will be interesting to see if adoption of the Tab stays strong, or if this is just an initial burst from the tech savvy who refuse to live under the rule of a benevolent dictator when it comes to tablet computing.
Are you holding out for new Android tablets or have you already picked a side? Let us know in the comments.
Samsung may not have beaten the iPad in one fell swoop, but they have made a respectable splash with the release of the Galaxy Tab around the world. The device has now sold 600,000 units according to a Korean newspaper. This makes it the most popular Android tablet by an order of magnitude.
This is the first Android tablet to have the tacit support of Google. The Big G has said Android 2.2 Froyo (like on the Galaxy Tab) is not meant for tablets. But Samsung is a close partner, so Google was apparently willing to allow the Android Market and Google apps to be shipped with the Tab.
The Galaxy Tab is going to be available on all major US carriers this holiday season. The Tab also managed 30,000 sales just in South Korea in one week. So consumers are at least willing to try Android on a tablet, but Google might make them regret that purchase. Future versions of the OS may bring specific tablet improvements, and users would have to wait for that to trickle down to their devices.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab is perhaps the most talked about tablet since the iPad, mainly because it presents the first real threat to Apple's dominance in the tablet space. Reviews have started appearing on the Web and we'll add our own impression before long, but in the meantime, we have a pair of launch dates to share.
First up is AT&T, which announced it will launch the Galaxy Tab on Sunday, November 21 in non-subsidized form. There's no mandatory two-year service agreement that accompanies the device, the trade-off being higher upfront pricing to the tune of $650. For those who care to do so, AT&T will offer a $15 pay-as-you-go plan for up to 250MB of usage/month, as well as a $25/month plan for up to 2GB of data. Neither plan requires a long-term contract.
Meanwhile. U.S. Cellular is taking the opposite approach and will begin selling the Tab on November 19th for $400 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. That's a subsidized price and requires a two-year service commitment. You can choose between U.S. Cellular's $15/month plan for up to 200MB of data, or $55/month for up to 5GB of network data usage.
It's always a question with new Android devices; will it get updates? This was even more of a concern with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, as it is the first commercially viable Android tablet device. The differences in the hardware had some potential buyers worried Samsung would fail to keep the device up to date. But at a Samsung event in India today, the electronics giant confirmed that the Tab will get both Gingerbread and Honeycomb updates, SamsungHub reports.
The upcoming Android Gingerbread (probably 2.3) is expected to be unveiled soon, and Honeycomb (3.0?) should drop sometime in 2011. This is certainly good news for those planning to pick up a Galaxy Tab. Samsung is running a modified version of the Android UI called TouchWiz. This UI needs to be integrated with any stock updates to the Android platform. This likely means updates will take a bit longer, but at least they will happen.
The Galaxy Tab is set to go on sale in most countries next week. All major US mobile carriers have confirmed they will carry it, with T-Mobile being the first out of the gate. Do you have your eye on the Galaxy Tab?
According to iSuppli's itemized breakdown of parts, Samsung's new Galaxy Tab carries a Bill of Materials (BOM) totaling $205.22. That's a good chunk less than Apple's iPad, which breaks down to a little over $264 for the 16GB 3G version.
"Instead of matching up with the iPad on a feature-by-feature basis, the Galaxy Tab really is a larger version of Samsung's Galaxy smartphone," said Andrew Rassweiler, director, principal analyst and tear down services manager for iSuppli. "While the design approach makes the Galaxy less expensive to produce than the iPad 3G, it also makes for a product that lacks the same usability. The Galaxy Tab's screen resolution, size, and technology are not at the same level as the iPad. This is a critical difference, given the fact that the display is a key differentiating factor for the iPad."
As is typically the case, the most expensive part of Samsung's tablet is the display, which iSuppli pegs at $57. The Flash memory costs $51, and after that there's a steep dropoff in component prices, starting with the mechanical parts (PCBs, metals, plastics, connectors, etc.) that add up to $15.22.