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Samsung Confirms Release of Android Powered Tablet This Quarter


Samsung Confirms Release of Android Powered Tablet This Quarter

While Microsoft has proved unable to give a definitive date for any tablets bearing its software to appear, Google’s partners are having no such trouble as Samsung has confirmed that it will introduce a 7in tablet running Android this quarter.

Following a picture leaked by Samsung South Africa, some have already dubbed it the Samsung Galaxy Tablet, continuing a brand name that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy, Galaxy S, and forthcoming Galaxy Q.

The move demonstrates there will be a wide choice of tablets and OSs to choose from come the end of the year. Samsung and LG are producing tablets powered by Android, HP is going with both WebOS and Windows 7, while Acer, Dell, and Toshiba are also likely to take the Microsoft route.

If you haven’t yet succumbed to an iPad, the news means that it may well prove sensible to hold off for now.

Via: Electric Pig


July 30, 2010, 11:23 pm

by the time they release anything, apple will be pushing out the 2nd gen ipad.

Come on HP, you dont really need to do too much to transfer webOS to an ipad killer tablet. make it stunning then I'll certainly consider buy one if it's cheap


July 30, 2010, 11:27 pm

Choice is a good thing.

For me, the race is on to find the first tablet that makes a good photographer's travel companion offering...

*built-in* SD/SDHC/SDXC card readers

photo viewing and organisation (e.g. albums, metadata/tagging, sophisticated searching)

Photo up & downloading to/from card, FTP, DropBox

Modest photo manipulation

Then, of course, it should also offer an iPad-class web-browsing experience, media playback and email - without some of the sillier Apple restrictions.

Finally, it'll need an OS that is properly designed for lean devices and MultiTouch, rather than these factors being a bodged afterthought.

Icing on the cake for me would be Java support - removing some of the significant barriers to the philosophy of developing once and running anywhere.

Think this is a two horse race for me, between WebOS and Android.

MS don't seem to get the mobile handset/tablet category of product and Apple's closed ecosystem is just about acceptable on my iPhone, but frustrating on something that I want more freedom and functionality from.

I'd like to think we'll see something convincing this autumn - but realistically expect the first tablets to be mostly rushed, 'me-too' devices, foolishly mimicking the iPad without the appealing proposition of Apple's vast and valuable App Store.


July 31, 2010, 12:13 am

If was truly a photographers tablet it would need to have a CF card reader not SD.


July 31, 2010, 12:27 am

I don't really get tablets but a 7" screen feels like the sweet spot for one.

Will need to check it out.


July 31, 2010, 12:41 am


I take what you're saying, but more and more SLR's (not to mention high-end compacts like the Ricoh GR series) use SD-based cards instead of CF these days. An in-built CF slot certainly wouldn't hurt, or xD, Memory Stick, etc

Whilst this might be good for Pro Photographers, my angle is as a keen traveller who wants a tool to help me get more from my photographic hobby whilst away and have the option of surfing, reading, video playback etc - without having to pack a bulky laptop.


July 31, 2010, 1:53 am

I don't quite understand how the whole industry has been caught quite so off-guard by Apple (and not for the first time). I mean, there's been talk of tablets for ages and yet it'll be pushing 6 months since the iPad's release that it'll have any rivals. I suppose nobody thought a mobile phone OS would be acceptable on a much larger device, and that perhaps Apple had to come first because only then would consumers think it a viable idea.


July 31, 2010, 3:46 am

Choice is a good thing. I can see the point of owning multiple (well maybe 2) tablets if they are both cheap enough and specific to what I want. I would love to have one that I could use as a remote control around the house for both IR and Wi-Fi gear. A tablet could do this really well for selecting playlists on a uPnP media player and then letting me browse the web without needing to power up a PC or laptop. It would also be nice to have one for going away with when I don't need (or want to take a laptop). If I could check e-mail, the web, use it as a media player, and backup/view shots from a camera that would be perfect.

The thing for me is I would rather have a couple of cheaper devices than one that could do everything, but that I wouldn't be able to use for everything. Just try taking the TV remote away for a weekend and see what your girlfriend/better half does.

"You can use the buttons on the side of the screen and change volume on the amp."

"Eh? What buttons on the screen? Which one's the amp? I thought that was the DVD player?"

I'm not going to buy those focussed devices if they cost too much. I seriously looked at using an iPad as a remote for a Linn DS system, but can't justify nearly £500 on a remote. £150 easily, £200 maybe.


July 31, 2010, 5:24 am

Reduce the weight to no more that 250g and you have something that's practical. Anything more and you have to have the strength of a Geoff Capes to hold it for any considerable length of time.


July 31, 2010, 12:25 pm

Today there's one choice of touch friendly tablet ( ie no stylus ) ... that's the killer feature we've all been waiting for. It was clear if the iPad was successful the rest of the hardware manufacturers would follow suit.

I can understand why a large number of people jumped in immediately and bought the iPad - but very shortly there will be real choice in the market and two things will happen 1) the price of these devices will plummet 2) We'll be able to make a real choice between the locked down restrictive environment presented by Apple or hopefully something else less restrictive.

Game on .... as consumers we all win :)

Chris Beach

July 31, 2010, 2:27 pm

As long these guys realise one the major reasons the ipad works over previous attempts is battery life. These things have to last multiple days of light use, 10h is probably the min, before it just becomes a pain to use.

The OS is also important obviously, but tbh its only Microsoft that need to worry about this, they can't just slap windows 7 on a tablet...it will not work, the OS just isn't designed for finger usage. Windows needs a complete GUI overhaul for finger operation. They might possibly get away with something similar to Media Centre, a complete layer on top of the usual OS.


July 31, 2010, 7:36 pm

I still think tablets are rubbish. The worst of both worlds. Not as portable as a phone, not as powerful as a laptop. If I had money to waste, I'd give it to charity.


August 2, 2010, 11:07 am

The rumour mills are speaking of a BlackBerry iPad rival coming out very soon too.

Let me second some comments made above one by one -

@xbrumster - "Come on HP...WebOS" - Yes sirree.

@ Bailey's_Coffee - "mostly rushed, 'me-too' devices" - Unfortunately, I have the same gut feeling :(

@Castalan - I hope your 2 points turn out to be right. I'm not so sure. Look how long it's taken the phone industry to catch up to the iPhone's UI and overall quality (despite the iPhone having poor hardware specs). I'm thinking late 2011 before anything really worthwhile comes out to rival the iPad. I hope I'm wrong and you're right.

@cjb110 "...major reasons the ipad works over previous attempts is battery life.." - YES! It's so often not mentioned. Its the one main reason why I still stick with my Nokia e52 instead of moving to other brands - the battery life. On a tablet, it's going to be even more annoying than on a laptop, if you're having to be tethered to a wall socket more often than not!

@ravmania haha...but hey its not *un*portable and its not *un*powerful...I mean it's as thick as a glossy mag, heavy as a thick paper back, and powerful enough to do what it says it will do on the box very fast and well.

I enjoy Trusted Reviews - and I'm come to learn that some people in the comments section are as informative and interesting to read as the website articles ! Bravo.


August 2, 2010, 6:06 pm

Sounds Like another Lamb to apples Slaughter!


August 2, 2010, 7:00 pm


Couldn't have put it better myself. I know so many people who have bought an iPad and they just simply never use it. They have more money than sense.

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