The Apple iPad may have a true (real) competitor on its hands as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10-inch was revealed today at the Google IO conference in San Fransisco. Here’s what you can look forward to if you are waiting to get your first Android tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10-Inch
The folks from Boy Genius Report got to try out the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10-inch (limited edition) today and they had only great things to say about it. The current selling model of the Galaxy Tab is the 7-inch and it has actually done quite well being the first real tablet that was smaller than the iPad.
In March, the folks at Samsung showed off the first iteration of the 10-inch Tab running Android 3.0 Honeycomb and today, there was a special limited edition of that very tablet that people could hold and play around with. The one that was shown off was running Honeycomb 3.0 but as we reported earlier today, Honeycomb 3.1 is available for upgrade with new features.
The first impression of the new Tab was that it was “thin….very thin” and felt solid. It was also described as being “absolutely gorgeous” with it’s nice darkened chrome bezel front and a textured polymer backing. Those that got to use it said it was fast, responsive, and it was clear Samsung had really taken the extra steps at making this Tab a direct head-to-head competitor with the iPad.
According to Samsung, the 10-inch Tab is mean for blistering fast Internet access, has HD resolution (1280 x 800) and can shoot video in 720p resolution via a 3MP back camera or a 2MP front-facing camera. The new Tab also comes with a 1GH dual-core processor and has Bluetooth, Wifi and of course 3G/4G for cellular data connections. It is also 1.3 lbs and is just .33″ thin.
In defense to the iPad, these specs are really no different that what the current iPad 2 other than the cameras. In terms of applications, the Samsung Tab will have all the integrations as the iPad does with Cisco, Exchange Active Sync, and access to their own Social “hub”. The one thing still lacking, however, are the tablet apps. I have yet to see anything impressive in terms of the Android Tablet apps. Unfortunately, that is where there is some serious attention needed before the Tab is a real competitor to the current shipping iPad 2.
Oh and the new Galaxy Tab 10-inch supports Flash. There is still no official release date but we hear it will be Summer (2011).
What do you think? Is this a competitor to the iPad 2? Why or Why not?