Apple’s iPad 2 is extremely thin. I mean, can you imagine a device so amazing being only 0.34 inches thin? That’s crazy! The power of the iPad 2 has also dramatically increased compared to the iPad 1, despite getting thinner. Technology has a way of amazing us almost every time a new concept or product comes into the world, and so far, touch screen tablets like the iPad are getting better. The iPad’s competitors have also seen just how hard it is to compete with Apple as well, both in customers satisfaction, reliability, and price. Apple has dominated the tablet market, owning well over 75% of the market share.
Now, as times seem to be looking dim for iPad competitors, and when all hope of ever creating something that can compete with Apple’s legendary post-pc device has nearly been lost with the announcement of iPad 2… something unexpected, has just happened. Samsung created a tablet that not only matches iPad 2 price and power, but it’s also coming with a larger screen, and it’s THINNER than the iPad!
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been introduced to the world, and they are rock solid devices that will ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The tablet will feature a 2.0MP front facing camera and an 8.0MP front facing camera with LED Flash. Of course, this tablet will have the upper-hand slightly with some mobile users, as it will also likely support Flash content on the web (something the iPad, and all other mobile devices from Apple, will never support). Samsung has somehow managed to make this powerful Android device very thin. Incredibly thin… in fact… it’s 0.33 inches thin! It’s barely thinner than the 0.34 inch iPad, but it’s still thinner. This device looks impressive, and it comes with a great range of features, and wonderful specs:
The real deal here isn’t whether it’s thinner, lighter, has a larger screen, has a sharper camera on both front and rear, and supports Flash. The question that’ll really be out there to answer is: How many people will buy it, compared to the iPad? Apple has a way of cobbling up lots of people with their products before the competition can release something that even competes with it. The iPhone is a decent example of that, the iPod Touch definitely fits that description, and the iPad lives on by it. This new Honeycomb OS brings a few new things for Android devices, and to Android Tablets. Will this be enough to dethrone the iPad though? Will people see this device and say “Wow, that thing is better than the iPad” after giving both an honest try?
My guess is no. Many devices have come out with better specs than Apple’s top mobile products, but Apple doesn’t sell devices with specs. Apple sells devices with experience. People love the iPad. How many will warm up to Android on a tablet? My guess is still not nearly as many, especially when they realize how little apps are available for Honeycomb (it’s got about 100 right now). One hundred apps, does not even come close to competing with 65,000 iPad apps (plus another 300,000+ for iPhone and iPod that will still work on iPad anyways.
Specs aren’t everything, and they definitely aren’t the deciding factor in success. Apple knows the user experience matters the most, and for the majority of tablet users, the iPad experience is simply unmatched. The new Android Tablets will have to present something in that department for consumers to not just see, but feel.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 price point is the same as iPad 2, starting at $499 for the 16GB model, and $599 for the 32GB model.
Press release below:
Samsung Unveils GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9, World′s Thinnest Mobile Tablets
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9 to feature the first customized Android ™ 3.0 experience
ORLANDO, March 22, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the global leader in Android™ mobile devices, announced two new additions to its family of GALAXY Tabs, the GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9, the world’s thinnest mobile tablets, measuring just 8.6 millimeters.
The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 feature Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface implemented on the Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform, offering superior multi-tasking and enhanced user interaction and navigation.
“The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung’s constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world”, said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “By combining Samsung’s innovations in design and display with our exciting new user experience, we’ve created a new class of products that will lead the tablet market.”
The new GALAXY Tabs will support HSPA＋ network speeds of up to 21Mbps as well as Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity to deliver rapid mobile download speeds and reduce data transfer times. Also, the GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 include a 1GHz dual core application processor for a powerful multimedia and web browsing experience.
Thinner & Lighter
The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are the thinnest mobile tablets available. The GALAXY Tab 10.1 weighs 595 grams and 8.9 weighs 470 grams. Combining the GALAXY Tabs’ ultra-thin form factor with a lightweight design adds to the outstanding mobility of these two products.
Customized User Experience “Samsung TouchWiz UX”
Samsung’s TouchWiz user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu users can customize to display a variety of content on the home screen including digital pictures, favorite Web sites and social network feeds.
In addition, the interface includes an application tray of commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player which can be launched while other major applications are also in use, including large file downloads and document editing. This Mini Apps Tray provides a mixture of convenience and flexibility previously unheard of with tablet devices.
The Ultimate Entertainment Hub
The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are pre-loaded with Readers Hub and Music Hub giving consumers instant access to more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspaper (49 languages), 2,300 magazines (22 languages), and 13 million songs. The devices are also designed with Samsung’s Social Hub, which will aggregate email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface.
The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 feature a 3 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, providing smooth transition and seamless 1080p HD video and Flash playback for a rich entertainment experience.
Ready for Business
The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 will include an industry leading suite of solutions designed to give enterprise customers and IT managers more security. Developed in collaboration with industry-leading partners such as Cisco, Sybase, SAP and Citrix, Samsung′s enterprise mobility solutions will provide flexibility and connectivity for mobile workforces, ensuring that users are able to operate more efficiently on–the-move.
GALAXY Tab 10.1
GALAXY Tab 10.1, with its WXGA TFT LCD display (1280 x 800) powered by 1GHz dual core AP, is 8.6mm thin and weighs only 595g. It is the perfect device for sharing and enjoying media content with family and friends. In addition, with its surround-sound stereo speakers and support for Flash 10.2, the GALAXY Tab 10.1 will deliver premium entertainment experience whether watching videos, movies or playing games.
GALAXY Tab 8.9
At just 8.6mm thin and weighing only 470g, the GALAXY Tab 8.9 is the perfect device for today’s mobile professional. Whether writing emails on a trip or reading an eBook on the couch, the GALAXY Tab 8.9 provides the ultimate tablet experience without compromising mobility.
The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 now join the original 7-inch GALAXY Tab to provide consumers with an unmatched array of choices to select the mobile tablet experience that fits their needs the best.
Samsung’s entire line of GALAXY Tabs will be on display at the Samsung booth (#2440) at CTIA Wireless 2011, March 22 through March 24.
For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com.
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