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.”