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Samsung Galaxy Tab to Launch on September 16?

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Galaxy Tab to launch on three major U.S. carriers.

For those looking for a smaller tablet solution or simply something that's not confined to the insides of Apple walled garden? Well the, Samsung's Galaxy Tab could be the ticket.

It runs Android 2.2, AKA Froyo, and even though Google has said that its latest version of Android isn't optimized for tablets, Samsung appears to have made a few application customizations of its own to make it work.

We won't really know how well it performs until we get our hands on it, but hopefully it'll be sooner than later. In fact, the Wall Street Journal's sources point to later this week as a possible launch for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The even is supposed to take place in New York City at the Time Warner Center on September 16. Further more, the paper says that Samsung has already cut deals with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T to carry the Galaxy Tab.

Pricing is still unknown, but statements made by Samsung executives place it between $200 and $300 after carrier subsidies.

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    Anonymous , September 14, 2010 10:12 AM
    can galaxy tab edit and make word documents and powerpoint presentation.

    ----------------------- jomar m.
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    MrSiko , September 14, 2010 10:46 AM
    cyberwap, It should be able to. Google ThinkFree Android for a java office app that will open,edit and save Word, Excel and Powerpoint docs on Android.
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    back_by_demand , September 14, 2010 11:02 AM
    Interesting to see what pricing will be in the UK as we don't have the same mess as the USA does with carriers.
    Probably cost more upfront but a better data deal, but we'll see.
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    chunkymonster , September 14, 2010 11:35 AM
    Finally a non-Apple tablet that's worth looking at. Really like the idea of a tablet with available voice and data plans. Wonder the street price once Verizon provides incentives?
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    vectorm12 , September 14, 2010 11:46 AM
    Galaxy Tab launching within days with 2.2 preinstalled. This while we who's been living with 2.1 on our Galaxy S phones for months. Good to know where Samsung's priorities are...
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2010 11:49 AM
    saw it at IFA, bulky, small screen, slight lag... defo not on my buy list. :( 
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    SlickyFats , September 14, 2010 12:26 PM
    vectorm12Galaxy Tab launching within days with 2.2 preinstalled. This while we who's been living with 2.1 on our Galaxy S phones for months. Good to know where Samsung's priorities are...

    Exactly!! And where is my dang GPS fix. Fix the Galaxy S products you have already launched before putting more out there.
    If I don't start seeing them support their phones better then there is no way i getting their Tablet.
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    jeraldjunkmail , September 14, 2010 12:34 PM
    Will it upgrade to Android 3.0?
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    ypcio , September 14, 2010 1:13 PM
    For those complaining about gps on the galaxy s, i had the same issues but updated to the JM1 firmware using the samsung app (KIES), and my gps is working normally. There are several "leaked" froyo roms on the web. I guess we might get a release by the end of the month.
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2010 1:20 PM
    I will be careful about getting a Samsung. They have a history of constantly releasing new product and abandoning support and updates right after the product launched.
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    ypcio , September 14, 2010 1:27 PM
    JoewaloskiI will be careful about getting a Samsung. They have a history of constantly releasing new product and abandoning support and updates right after the product launched.


    I really hope they dont do this with the Galaxy line of products, that would be a pretty dumb move due to the sheer numbers of sales.
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    ericburnby , September 14, 2010 1:41 PM
    Nobody wil buy these.

    The only people that care about the "specs" and whether it has more features than the iPad are the geeks/nerds. The same people that build their own PC's and are into overclocking and modding.

    The average person who buys PC's, phones and tablets doesn't care about this kind of thing.

    Sorry, Samsung, but there are no way near 10 million "geeks" out there to buy your tablet, so your sales estimates are way, way off. Not to mention the price is for a "subsidized" Tab. Are people on a contract going to want to sign another contract? Let's see what the "real" price is, Samsung.
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2010 2:18 PM
    The majority of the market is not 'geeks' but they certainly know what 'larger' looks like.

    Phones are being used as computers nowadays, and the larger screens are very appealing to a large part of the market. And yes - this is a large "PHONE"

    Call it a tablet - that's right, but unlike other tablets, this can take and receive phone calls, and that means its a phone replacement tablet.

    You don't have to be a geek to know that when you need your iPad it's not with you - it's back at home sitting on your living room coffee table, because the thing is too darn big to carry around.

    Those complaining about this being "small" aren't getting it - these are sold at Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, where its absolutely huge compared to everything else - compared to the other PHONES.

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    Anonymous , September 14, 2010 2:40 PM
    Wouldn't buy anything Samsung. My Samsung 52" HD LCD TV, which is not 3 years old yet, is making a hissing sound and the first time you turn it on you get pink pixilation. I was asking that they have a recall, since many more people were experiencing the same thing. When I contacted them, they indicated that my warranty was for 1 year and said goodbye. Not a company that cares for their customers or the quality of their products in my opinion.
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    ericburnby , September 14, 2010 2:50 PM
    roblearnsThe majority of the market is not 'geeks' but they certainly know what 'larger' looks like.


    Exactly. You think people are going to want to carry one of these things around as a phone? How ridiculous would you look using one of these monsters to make a phone call.

    This device is not a phone replacement as it's far too in-convenient to use as an everyday phone. That means people who own one will also own a "normal sized" phone. What's the point of carrying two phones around?

    If you're going to go through the trouble of carrying a second device around (one that's too large to fit in your pocket) then you might as well get a full-sized tablet (meaning 10" or so screen size).

    I don't really see the point of this tablet.

    But what do I know? Samsung says they'll sell 10 million so I'm sure they will.
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    miloo , September 14, 2010 6:14 PM
    "The only people that care about the "specs" and whether it has more features than the iPad are the geeks/nerds. The same people that build their own PC's and are into overclocking and modding.The average person who buys PC's, phones and tablets doesn't care about this kind of thing."

    so it mean you don't mine to pay more for a outdated product
    you better live in stone age... drive Flintstones's car ~
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    milktea , September 14, 2010 6:58 PM
    ypcioI really hope they dont do this with the Galaxy line of products, that would be a pretty dumb move due to the sheer numbers of sales.

    How long are you planning on keeping you smartphone until the end of warranty or support?
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    ypcio , September 14, 2010 7:02 PM
    milkteaHow long are you planning on keeping you smartphone until the end of warranty or support?


    As long as it lasts, here in brazil smartphones are pretty expensive, i cannot afford to change phone every year.
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    panda_lover , September 14, 2010 10:37 PM
    ericburnbyExactly. You think people are going to want to carry one of these things around as a phone? How ridiculous would you look using one of these monsters to make a phone call.This device is not a phone replacement as it's far too in-convenient to use as an everyday phone. That means people who own one will also own a "normal sized" phone. What's the point of carrying two phones around?If you're going to go through the trouble of carrying a second device around (one that's too large to fit in your pocket) then you might as well get a full-sized tablet (meaning 10" or so screen size).I don't really see the point of this tablet.But what do I know? Samsung says they'll sell 10 million so I'm sure they will.


    I have been waiting for a tablet that has phone feature for a long time because I don't want to carry 2 devices. So, this tablet is suitable for me. The 7 inch size is just right to put in my purse, and I can do web browsing/ebook reading and recive phone call in one device. 10" size is too big to carry daily and not fit in all my purses. You can use a handsfree headset and bluetooth handsfree to make and receive phone call. I don't know why people keep complaining this is too big to make a phone call. My office phone is way bigger than that.
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    g00fysmiley , September 15, 2010 12:44 PM
    I'm by no means a large guy... bigger than average at 6' but not huge. and i could see carryting around a 7 inch tablet as my phone provided i got a nice durable case. if a decent one came out and otter box makes a case for it i'd consider replacign my pre (overclocked to 1.1Ghz) for it... but i'd want to wait to see hp's offerings with a webos tablet and see how it compares of coarse cause the palm os is stilll the smoothest and best running os out there imo ... btu this time it better have an sd slot cause 8gigs is not aenough storage space >_<
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