Samsung Galaxy Tab: iPad Alternative Or New Class?

By Peter Chubb - Nov 11, 2010

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has been available in the UK for a few weeks now, but has only just been released in the U.S. This latest device will for obvious reasons be known as the rival to the iPad – even though Steve Jobs said that 7-inch tablets would be D.O.A. So is the Tab an alternative to the iPad or is it the start of a new class?

AppleInsider has been looking over at some of the most recent reviews and it seems that Samsung’s tablet device has been well received; yes it has its good and bad pints – but what device doesn’t? WSJ encountered initial problems when trying to make a video call, but we still get this with the iPhone 4 and FaceTime.

The NY Times picks up on a major negative, and he is not the only one. It seems that most of us agree that Samsung missed a trick with pricing, and feels that the Tab is too expensive. However, the device does make up for it in other areas, such as Flash – something that annoys the hell out of iPad users.

It was the review from Wired that I found most interesting though, as Christopher Null said that the Samsung Galaxy Tab might not be a rival to the iPad, but could become a new class. This is certainly interesting, something that we will need to keep a close eye on to see if it actually comes true or not.

Do you think that the Galaxy Tab is a rival to the Apple Tablet, or could it become a new class?

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