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Samsung Galaxy Tab: Can A Rs. 2,000 Price Drop Save This Android Tablet?

Madana Prathap 15 Dec 2010
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As seen on FlipKart (Indian shopping site online), the Galaxy Tab price is now 5 per cent lower. As against Rs. 38,000 earlier, it stands at a price of Rs. 35,999 including shipping. To sweeten the deal for prospective Samsung Galaxy Tab buyers, they are also bundling in for free, a Samsung Bluetooth Headset, a Leather Case, and a pre-loaded 2GB card; claimed to be worth Rs. 7,499 in value.

The price includes Transit Insurance and a one-year warranty from Samsung India. Also, note that like the majority of mobile phones and tablets sold in India, the Galaxy Tab from FlipKart is also unlocked. Meaning you are not under contract or tied to any mobile service provider, you can use any SIM card from any operator. Both, standard 2G data services, and the 3G service recently started in India are supported.

This just may swing those who prefer Android OS, over to the side of the Galaxy Tab. Keep in mind that the Apple iPad has a larger screen (10-inch) and is likely more easy to use. So the fact that the iPad is not officially available in India yet, could be a good reason for Tablet Computing fans to look at purchasing the Galaxy Tab or the OlivePad.

The prime minus points against the Galaxy Tab, currently are in terms of the high price, screen being smaller than 10-inch, few Android apps optimized for tablets, and insufficient games to utilize its graphics processor. Scroll further below for a quick specifications table comparing the Galaxy Tab and the iPad, and an image of the two standing head-to-head.

Screenshot from FlipKart, showing the price and freebies.
Flipkart now sells the Samsung Galaxy Tab at an effective price of Rs. 28,500 - a hypothetical number I arrived at by deducting the claimed worth of the freebies from the overall price.

Specifications Table

Apple iPad

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Screen Size

9.7-inch LED IPS

7-inch TFT LCD

Resolution

1024x768

1024x600

OS

iOS 3.2

Android 2.2

Processor

1GHz Apple A4

1GHz Cortex A8

Internal Storage

16GB, 32GB or 64GB

16GB or 32GB

Expandable Storage

None

Up to 32GB

RAM

256MB

512MB

Multitasking

None

Yes

Multitouch

Yes

Yes

Camera

None

3.2MP Rear/ 1.3MP Front

Phone

None

Yes

Bluetooth

2.1 + EDR

3

GPS

In 3G model only

Yes

Battery Life

10 hrs video playback

7 hrs video playback

I/O

30-pin only

30-pin only

Adobe Flash

Not supported

Supported

Ebook Client

iBooks

Readers Hub

Apps

Apple Apps Store

Android Market + others

Weight

680 gm

381 gm

Dimensions

9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5-inch

7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47-inch

Price

Starts at $499

Rs. 35,999

The Apple iPad and Galaxy Tab standing next to each other, say cheese!
Apple iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab

After you're done reading this story, you might want to visit the links below for further reading, to add information or to compare details you might want.
Further Reading
3 Reasons the Samsung Galaxy Tab Could Fail
Samsung Galaxy Tab Faces Challenges
Android Tablet Comparison: Dell Streak, OlivePad, Samsung Galaxy Tab
Best tablet form factor? Dell Streak vs iPad vs Samsung Tab
Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad: Which is the Best Tablet?
Reasons Arguing For And Against The Galaxy Tab
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