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Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming to Verizon

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will arrive on Verizon with a $599.99 price tag.

Whoah. Just after the company announced its plans to carry Apple's iPad last week, Verizon Wireless followed up on Wednesday with news that it will also offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab without a contract starting November 11. However the big shocker stemming from Verizon's announcement is that the Android tablet will cost $599.99.

For the uninitiated, here are some of the specs: a 7-inch TFT-LCD touchscreen (1024 x 600), a 1 GHz Cortex A8 "Hummingbird" processor, a 3.2MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera, 512 GB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, HSPA and HSUPA 3G connectivity, internal GPS, a microSD card slot for expanded storage capacity, and 16 GB or 32 GB, depending on the model.

Unfortunately, Verizon didn't specify the storage capacity included in the upcoming tablet, however it will come loaded down with Verizon apps including V CAST music, V CAST Song ID, BLOCKBUSTER On Demand presented by V CAST Video, and VZ Navigator. It will also come pre-installed with several Verizon favorites including the hip Slacker Radio, Kindle for Android, and Gameloft's Let's Golf.

As a comparison, Verizon said last week that the Apple iPad was coming on October 28. The tablet will be bundled with Verizon's MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot device, costing $630 for the 16 GB version, $730 for the 32 GB version, and $830 for the 64 GB version. Both the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab can use the optional 1 GB for $20/month 3G wireless access plan, however in addition iPad users will have access to the 5 GB for $60/month plan.

Although the iPad pricing seems more ideal, Verizon is offering the best of both worlds-- Apple iOS and Android 2.2 (Froyo). Both platforms have their advantages and disadvantages, however the additional MiFi Mobile Hotspot packed with the iPad can provide access to five devices simultaneously. Then again, the Samsung Galaxy Tab offers full Flash support.

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    dalethepcman , October 20, 2010 10:51 PM
    the galaxy tab doesn't need a mifi device because mobile hotspot is a built in feature of Froyo, so thats really a win for the galaxy not the iPad
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    islasian , October 20, 2010 11:26 PM
    "512 GB" of RAM!?! has to be a typo... lol..
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    ace5423 , October 21, 2010 12:11 AM
    Still $599.99 for something that only does the same thing as my phone. Fail.
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    miloo , October 21, 2010 12:12 AM
    sorry i prefer the blackberry playbook now ~
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    ares1214 , October 21, 2010 1:10 AM
    At the price, the RAM itself makes it worth its weight in gold! 512 GB is some pretty serious business for a tablet. Finally, a tablet that can do what a server can do :p 
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    dEAne , October 21, 2010 2:18 AM
    Will see about that.
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    lashton , October 21, 2010 2:58 AM
    $599 for 512GB of RAM thats pretty cheap really that almost $1 per GB
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    intelx , October 21, 2010 7:09 AM
    im just gonna buy it and sell its RAM lol
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    The Greater Good , October 21, 2010 7:30 AM
    The 512 GB RAM comes in handy when you want to load the entire Android OS plus your music and vids into memory. HAH!!! Apple can't do that!
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    joytech22 , October 21, 2010 8:00 AM
    How much is this thing off-contract? i want one with NO strings tied, that way i can stick in my own sim like when i got my i-mate (which is now out of business).

    no more spare parts for me..
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    sudeshc , October 21, 2010 8:23 AM
    I too want this to be with no contract, more flexibility.
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    chunkymonster , October 21, 2010 11:51 AM
    Shame Verizon is not supporting voice on the American version of the Galaxy Tab, unlike the European version; big FAIL in my opinion.
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    MisterJohnnyT , October 21, 2010 1:45 PM
    I would buy this IF...
    Samsung didn't create such a fiasco out of every single one of their Galaxy S phones. I have the Samsung Vibrant... and their support is ATROCIOUS. The gps has never worked correctly, they are EXTREMELY slow to release updates (and then the updates don't work or make the phone WORSE). I cannot fathom buying another one of their devices. Oh, and when you do call for support, you are talking to someone in INDIA, who is of no help and does not even understand the most basic of tech concepts regarding their products. These amoled products are gorgeous and awesome when the work correctly, but unfortunately they all have serious issues that
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    cknobman , October 21, 2010 1:47 PM
    Anyone surprised?

    Not me, Verzion overcharges for everything.

    Give me $399 - $499 unsubsidized no contract wifi version or Ill pass.

    With offering a 4.3 phone Verizon is already cutting into its own market. I own a 4.3 phone and its big enough and fast enough that I honestly have no need for another mobile carrier contracted android device but I would love something for the house on wifi (couch and toilet surfing).
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    LuckyDucky7 , October 21, 2010 6:37 PM
    $600 bucks for a loaded-down-with-Verizon's-crap tablet?

    Thanks, but I'll pass in favor of the iPad 2, when it arrives (because this tablet has a comparable feature set to what Apple should have sometime next year.)

    I don't want to pay extra for features on a phone I already own, especially one this expensive- like the GPS, which I'm guessing will cost an extra 10 bucks per month to use.
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    victorintelr , October 21, 2010 8:45 PM
    512GB of RAM! Welcome to the new concept of Tablet Server!
    With that much RAM I'd buy it, but, just don't let it run out of battery or you'd lose everything you put in it...
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    victorintelr , October 21, 2010 8:52 PM
    chunkymonsterShame Verizon is not supporting voice on the American version of the Galaxy Tab, unlike the European version; big FAIL in my opinion.

    Well, haven't you read of all the limitations american cellphone providers gives in comparison to the european ones? That's no news...
    and yeah, big FAIL!
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    kelemvor4 , October 22, 2010 1:34 PM
    chunkymonsterShame Verizon is not supporting voice on the American version of the Galaxy Tab, unlike the European version; big FAIL in my opinion.

    You would actually consider owning a iOS or android device without jailbreaking/rooting? I think that's insane. First thing you should do when you get home is root it, update the os with a standard version, and add some nice apps for things like wireless hotspot and skype... Remember, in the US the law is on your side here.
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    eddieroolz , October 22, 2010 11:01 PM
    Priced way out of range to compete with the iPad, but I applaud Verizon for trying.