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Samsung Galaxy Tab Hitting All Major Carriers

Samsung yesterday held an event in its store in New York City, showing off the Galaxy Tab to the American press.

From the event, there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Galaxy Tab will be available on all four major U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. In Canada, Samsung announced that Rogers and Bell will be carrying the Galaxy Tab.

The bad news is that there was no launch date, other than "in time for the holidays," or price attached to the device, and that's probably because that's now up to the carriers to decide on where it'll fit into their product lineups.

The worst news of all is that the U.S. versions will not have the phone calling features of the Galaxy Tab that was first unveiled in Europe. This is a little strange considering that it'll be carried by the wireless carriers who would love nothing more than to charge you for more minutes; but on the flip side, those who have no interest in using this tablet as a phone can get this on a data-only contract.

Now back to a piece of good news – those who have no interest in any sort of carrier subsidies or 3G data will be able to get a Wi-Fi only model eventually.

Specs are the same as they were before: 7-inch 1024 x 600 WSVGA TFT, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor with full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, rear 3 megapixel camera for taking pictures, front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, weighs 13 ounces and is 12 millimeters thick.

Even though Google said that Froyo isn't optimized for tablets, Samsung customized the email, calendar and contacts apps to rotate from portrait to landscape format through the tablet’s accelerometer and then open as a split-screen. Samsung said that many Android Market applications will open in full screen. Non-scalable Android Market applications will be framed and centered on the Galaxy Tab screen.

Shown off at the New York City event is the new Media Hub, Samsung’s own content service that has signed deals with MTV Networks, NBC, Universal Studios and Paramount for new release films, next day TV episodes and even full TV show seasons.

Also on demo were the peripherals that did have pricing attached:

Keyboard Dock - $99.99

- Ergonomic, comfortable full-size keyboard with 7” Galaxy Tab replaceable inserts that doubles as a charger for power and synchronization of media and data 

- Dock contains convenient stereo audio output jack for connecting to speakers or home stereo

Desktop Dock - $49.99

- Doubles as a Galaxy Tab charger using the Micro USB wall adapter that comes with the Tab; allows users to view movies, display as a digital picture frame and listen to music

- HDMI output to view HD content on HDTV enabled with 1080p resolution and provides HDTV connection to play content from the Galaxy Tab to a television 

Car/GPS Dock - $99.99

- Conveniently positions 7” Galaxy Tab display screen inside car for turn-by-turn GPS navigation instructions and traffic updates

- Attachable to either the windshield or car dashboard and rotates freely between landscape and portrait modes

  • dark_lord69
    Buy it today and you can pay for ANOTHER data plan at only $29.99 a month (or more)!
    Data plans are total BS.
    I think you should pay $29.99 a month for ALL PHONES AND DEVICES AND IT SHOULD BE UNLIMITED DATA!!
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  • aleccj1
    Hmm... I'll be buying either the Wifi only or the Notion Ink Adam.
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  • icepick314
    this or Archos tablet...

    unfortunately Archos tab eventhough it's froyo, it's not compatible with Google Apps....
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  • cadder
    Samsung customized the ...

    Beware of this! I had a Samsung Epix and it was highly crippled by Samsung's attempts at customizing it.
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  • husker
    dark_lord69Buy it today and you can pay for ANOTHER data plan at only $29.99 a month (or more)!Data plans are total BS.I think you should pay $29.99 a month for ALL PHONES AND DEVICES AND IT SHOULD BE UNLIMITED DATA!!Why stop there? Why not get the device for free, too, and then throw in free movie and book downloads? Maybe they could send you a cut of their profits every month too, except there wouldn't be any.
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  • zerapio
    cadderBeware of this! I had a Samsung Epix and it was highly crippled by Samsung's attempts at customizing it.The Galaxy S has pretty good customizations. Samsung may have learned something.
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  • AMW1011
    huskerWhy stop there? Why not get the device for free, too, and then throw in free movie and book downloads? Maybe they could send you a cut of their profits every month too, except there wouldn't be any.
    Oh don't be so naive. Its all about profits with these companies. That is why this stupid tablet is still being quoted as costing $600+ without a data plan. Its all to make you get the $30 a month data plan. And it is the people like you that allow them to be so greedy. Go buy pre-order the next iPad, I'm sure they added one or two features since the last one and Apple needs to make a profit right?
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  • haunted one
    huskerWhy stop there? Why not get the device for free, too, and then throw in free movie and book downloads? Maybe they could send you a cut of their profits every month too, except there wouldn't be any.
    Half my friends have called and negotiated with their carriers, resulting in their bills dropping from as high as $80 to $40 (by threatening to leave the carrier). If the carriers can afford 50% cuts then just imagine HOW MUCH they are overcharging us by. It doesn't cost them THAT much to increase data allowance for customers. 100% BS
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  • back_by_demand
    The Wifi only option should be got by everyone, then you just connect it with your Mifi device.
    3G built in = huge $$$, silly data pricing
    Mifi = less $$$, realistic data pricing
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  • g-thor
    I can currently get a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 for $299 (CDN) with 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD and all of the functionality of the Galaxy Tab and then some. I don't need to get it through a wireless carrier, don't need to pay for a data plan and I can connect to the internet by WiFi anywhere it's available. It's compact and the screen is better protected for transport when closed.

    What is the advantage of the Tab? Oh yeah, it has a touch screen. I think I'll pass on it.
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