Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming to Verizon

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.

  • dalethepcman
    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
  • islasian
    "512 GB" of RAM!?! has to be a typo... lol..
  • ace5423
    Still $599.99 for something that only does the same thing as my phone. Fail.
  • miloo
    sorry i prefer the blackberry playbook now ~
  • ares1214
    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
  • dEAne
    Will see about that.
  • lashton
    $599 for 512GB of RAM thats pretty cheap really that almost $1 per GB
  • intelx
    im just gonna buy it and sell its RAM lol
  • The Greater Good
    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!
  • joytech22
    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..