The Galaxy Tabs Look Like Me-Too Models

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-03-24 Print this article Print

5. The specs aren't better

The latest Samsung Galaxy Tab devices would have a much better chance of besting the iPad 2 if they delivered some kind of performance boost over Apple's alternative. Unfortunately for Samsung, they don't. Like the iPad 2, the 8.9- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs come with a dual-core processor. Moreover, the devices come in 16GB and 32GB models. The iPad 2 does as well, but also adds a 64GB version. On paper, there is simply no benefit to buying a Galaxy Tab if power and performance is what a respective customer is after.

6. Pricing is a problem

Pricing continues to be a major issue for iPad 2 competitors. According to Samsung, it will be selling its WiFi-only 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab for $499 and $599 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. Its 8.9-inch offering will retail for $469 and $569. The WiFi-only version of the iPad 2 is priced the same as Samsung's larger tablet. Apple is selling a 3G version, as well. Samsung's goal should have been to undercut the iPad 2 on price to attract customers on a budget. Saving them $30 on a smaller product and nothing on a slightly larger product isn't enough.

7. Thinking about entertainment

Samsung has been touting the entertainment opportunities of its Galaxy Tab. According to the company, its Readers Hub and Music Hub comes with more than "2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers, 2,300 magazines and 13 million songs" out of the box. That's certainly nice. But what it lacks is iTunes. Like it or not, Apple's digital store is tops around the world. It's the marketplace that consumers want to use. It's running in the iPad 2.

8. Being thinner isn't an advantage

When Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Tab units, the company was quick to point out that the devices are the "world's thinnest tablets" measuring just 8.6 millimeters thick. But is that really a claim to fame? The iPad 2 comes in at 8.8 millimeters thick. In other words, the two-tenths of a millimeter difference is negligible. When customers hold the two devices next to each other, it will be hard to tell that Samsung's option is slightly thinner. If that is one of Samsung's few advantages, the company is in for trouble as it tries to compete with the iPad 2.

9. The 10.1-inch is awfully Xoom-like

Take a look at the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab and compare that the device to the Motorola Xoom. They both have the same size screen, they both offer the same operating system and their internal components are identical. In other words, they're practically the same device. Considering the Xoom hasn't been able to knock the iPad 2 from the top of the tablet market, what makes one think that the Galaxy Tab will be any different?

10. WiFi-only first

Samsung plans to launch the new Galaxy Tab devices on June 8. The only issue is that launch will only include WiFi versions of the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab. The WiFi and HSPA+ version won't come out until the summer. The same is true for the company's 8.9-inch model. LTE and WiMax versions won't be released until later this year. So, what does that mean? Simple: those hoping to connect to the Web with a built-in mobile connectivity option will need to wait months. The iPad 2, which comes with 3G connectivity, but admittedly lacks 4G, is available now. That's a major issue for Samsung as it tries to coax customers to its tablets.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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