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Samsung Galaxy Tab now £530 at Carphone Warehouse

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The Carphone Warehouse now has the long awaited Samsung Galaxy Tab on pre-order for £529.99, the lowest price so far. It can even be had for £499, if you sign up to Talk Mobile £10 a month contract.

While we have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Galaxy Tab, we were initially somewhat shocked to find that Amazon had it on pre-order for an astonishing £679. Most were expecting Samsung to try and undercut the iPad, which starts at £429.

Later, Pocket_Lint obtained confirmation that the Tab would be on sale for at DSG Group (Dixons Curry’s) for £599.99 – still expensive but a clear improvement.

Now Carphone Warehouse has dropped this again to a far more sensible £529.99. This brings it into line with the iPad, which costs the same for the equivalent 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G version. All Galaxy Tabs have a 3G card slot, and while the iPad has a larger screen, the tab has front and rear cameras.

The price drop is more than welcome, and hopefully we’ll see more competition as we approach the 1 November release date, though naturally the longer you wait the more chance stock shortages mean you might have to wait to get hold of one.

Earlier, Steve Jobs dismissed the 7in tablet form factor entirely, stating, “This size isn't sufficient to create great tablet apps in our opinion…. Apple's done extensive user-testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them. This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size.”

Chocoa

October 19, 2010, 7:12 pm

"There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them. This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size.&#8221





Surely this statement flies in the face of millions of smartphones that have a similar user interface including the iPhone? Mr Jobs also forgets that not all users want or can afford his premium prices (product). Also a smaller screen will fit in a briefcase and leave room for other items - not so the iPad...

lifethroughalens

October 19, 2010, 7:23 pm

Keep going with the price drops, another £200 off and they might be approaching the realm of sensibility and saleability!

Stelph

October 19, 2010, 8:20 pm

Well the price is going in the right direction but its still too expensive, the Advent Vega or the Archos 101 is more in the price range these 7" tablets should be (£250-£300)





Also is it just me or does anyone else find Job's comments on the 7" tablet funny? He talks about 10" being the minimum size for people to reliably touch/flick ect on a touchscreen but that kind of shoots down the usabiility of the iPhone and the new ipod nano!





IMO 7" is a very good size for a tablet, much more portable than a 10" so better for travelling light.

MrGodfrey

October 19, 2010, 8:58 pm

I think expecting a price around £200-300 is a bit unrealistic considering the level of technology; a good tablet inevitably costs more than a netbook. However I agree the price should still be lower (not much more than £400) to compete with the iPad... although to be fair, there must be limits to how low Samsung can price it, since unlike Apple they won't be making much by selling you all the media that will run on the device.

Ben

October 19, 2010, 10:10 pm

I think Jobs was bang-on about 7" tablets. I sure as hell know developers don't want to be making a zillion different sizes of their apps. 10" works really well for a tablet, and smartphones can do everything a 7" tablet can.

BOFH UK

October 19, 2010, 11:32 pm

Oh come on, tell me people aren't being serious with these 7 inch comments. It's surely obvious what was meant? That a TABLET os with TABLET apps that are considerably more dense in terms of UI elements is too cramped in a 7 inch screen. Smartphones have a very different os where the UI is built around the smaller screen. Look at, say, iworks on the iPad and imagine fitting that interface in a 7 inch screen, you'll quickly run out of space to comfortably select interface elements, manipulate data, accurately position items on screen etc.





As for the galaxy tab, it's way too expensive, especially considering it's possibly a product with a very short lifecycle.

Jones

October 20, 2010, 1:04 am

Having spent a week researching tablets I have to say that this price is not far off a fair one considering the competition. The likes of the Archos mentioned by Stelph are amateurish in comparison to the Galaxy Tab.





Sadly, if you are looking for some serious functionality you simply wont find it until you hit round about the iPads price point.





An alternative I really like the look of is the ExoPC but at the moment it looks as though European buyers are going to be seriously ripped off compared to north America.





As for the 7" comments - Jobs is just being a clown again but personally speaking, Id rather have a 10" tablet than a 7" one.

AJCB

October 20, 2010, 1:09 am

I agree about 400 would be acceptable, so maybe it would cost 200 on a 12 month, £20pm contract.





As for the size, i disagree that its the 'wrong' size - it fits in a jacket pocket which makes it an excellent commuting device. On the downside its not massively different to using a 4 in smartphone, although customised apps would help.





Having used it for 2 days now (typing this on it) i still believe the tab is an excellent device, but its difficult to justify if you have a large smartphone. But its very tempting!

piesforyou

October 20, 2010, 1:48 am

"...but it's got this same kind of weird saturated look..."





I've seen TR mention this 'issue' with OLED screens a few times, I don't understand. Yes, OLED screens are more saturated than LCD, and that's a good thing. The colours are better, that's one of the selling points. LCDs look dull and bland in comparison. I remember when OLED screens were first being talked about and the reaction was WOW the colours and WOW the viewing angles. So how come the colours has suddenly become a bad thing?

Ed

October 20, 2010, 2:36 am

@piesforyou: That was a mistake I made while shooting that video. The screen is in fact an LCD with a resolution of 1,024 x 600. It is a superbly bright, colourful and generally high quality display though.





As to the complaints about colours. It's not so much that OLED displays are bright its that the colours look wrong. Just as I don't want a TV to make every movie I watch look like it's a cartoon, I don't want a phone making websites, videos, and pictures look radioactive.

Stelph

October 20, 2010, 1:46 pm

@MR Godfrey - Not sure why you say the price of £250-£300 is unreasonable, as stated the Archos 101 and Advent Vega have both been announced for £250 with similar specs, although admitably without the 3G unit, so I dont see that price as unreasonable.





@BFOH_OH I dont think its that obvious? The iPad is running OSX the same operating system as the iPhone/iPod, its essentially a big iPod Touch (not saying thats a bad thing, ive enjoyed playing with the iPad in shops) just that its seems like a massive "whoops" to critise using the "tablet" operating system on smaller devices than 10" when their own tablet operating system is on a much smaller device, the iPhone!





@Jones - Have you tried the Archos/Advent tablets? Since they arent out yet I am surprised that you say they are so amateurish, especially since I've owned a budget witstech A81-e android tablet that came from China and in my exerience it was an excellent tablet, my only critisms with it were the screen was resistive (so not as sensitive) and the Android implementation was buggy because I think the manufacturers didnt code it properly for the device, however for a £130 device the speed and ease of use of Android was easy to see and it worked well as a tablet. Paying an extra £100 for a faster processor, capacative screen and (hopefully) more stable implementation of Android seems fair to me as the Archos and the Advent are doing, but I find it difficult to see how the Galaxy can offer more than that for the higher price point? Especially when they are at similar specs and especially when its £250 more!

LetsGo

October 20, 2010, 2:09 pm

@ben "I think Jobs was bang-on about 7" tablets. I sure as hell know developers don't want to be making a zillion different sizes of their apps."





The IPad, is a different form factor than the IPhone it meant developers could sell an updated version of previous titles (usualy at a higher price).





It is also bad practise to code to a set resolution because hardware changes, they learnt this in the PC Era.

Jones

October 20, 2010, 6:17 pm

@Stelph - ok, I havent tried their new machines out but historically Archos' machines have been, in my opinion, poor. Poor screens, poor o/s, and generally poor build quality being the main culprits.





I guess it comes down to priorities. I certainly see where the extra money would be spent on for the Galaxy Tab/iPad over the Archos options that's for sure. Others, like yourself, wouldnt. I guess this hints at how quickly the tablet market is growing with numerous options and expectations.

Stelph

October 20, 2010, 7:19 pm

@Jones - This I agree with, Archos generally have dodgy hardware but they are not new to making Android Tablets and the Archos 5 and 7 tablets were ok, admitably with a few bugs. Heres hoping they have learnt from what they did wrong (and they seem to with the capacative screens and better processor) and release a solid product.





True, different people have different priorities and also different budgets! My priorities are for a tablet that is useful and yet value for money, currently the iPad and the galaxy have a lot of that usefulness (tho im still missing an SD slot on the ipad and a video editing app on the android tab, but are most definatly not good value for money with my budget!

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