Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Aims to Knock iPad 2 Off Its Throne

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-06-16 Print this article Print
Inevitable Comparison

Inevitable Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (left) is going up against the bestselling iPad (right). The outcome of that battle will help decide whether Google Android tablets have a shot at eating into Apples market share.??í
Samsung released the original, 7-inch Galaxy Tab late last year to generally solid reviews. However, it failed to make much of a dent in the market- or mind-share occupied by Apple's iPad franchise, which continues to sell a considerable amount of units per month and dominate much of the public conversation centering on tablets. In light of that, Samsung's back on the market with a device seemingly tailor-made to take the iPad 2 head-on: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Measuring 10.1 inches, and weighing a slight 1.3 pounds, the Tab 10.1 will rely on a combination of powerful hardware (including a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and screen with 1280 x 800 resolution) and new-and-improved Google Android 3.1 operating system to take the fight to the iPad. To that end, the Tab 10.1 offers access to the Android Market and its tablet-optimized apps—there's not an extensive collection here, but fans of Angry Birds and some lightweight productivity apps will probably be pleased with the selection. Samsung made the WiFi-only Tab available June 8 exclusively at one Best Buy in New York City, with plans to expand that to other retailers and online starting June 17. The 16GB version of the device retails for $499, and the 32GB version for $599. While the Tab 10.1 with Android 3.1 is new, eWEEK looked at an earlier version of this tablet back in May.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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