Samsung Galaxy Tab Doesn't Have to Be an iPad Killer to Succeed
News Analysis: Comparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab to the iPad is really like comparing oranges and apples. They will appeal to different consumer desires.Samsung's Galaxy Tab landed in stores with a lot of fanfare, and a lot of speculation as to whether this device will be the long anticipated "iPad Killer," and if it is, to what degree. So having spent time looking at these devices (along with some others) let me say right up front that it's not an iPad Killer. But that's kind of like saying that a BMW 328 isn't a Dodge Minivan killer. In both cases these aren't the same kind of device; they're not aimed at the same markets and while they seem similar, they really aren't. Because of this, the Galaxy Tab can be successful even if it doesn't dent the iPad's sales at all. They're two different devices, aimed at different types of users. It's unlikely that someone seriously thinking of buying an iPad will be diverted to the Galaxy Tab. The same thing is true for people seriously considering the Samsung device. In this the situation is somewhat different from what it is in the smartphone world.
When people shop for smartphones there are several factors that matter. They care about the applications that the device runs, of course. But in the case of iOS and Android devices, there are lots of applications for both. They care about the carrier, but it's unlikely that anyone is buying an iPhone just so they can get AT&T service. With tablets, it's a different story.