Samsung Galaxy Tab price dropped, Flipkart offering further discount

Monday, January 24, 2011, 7:44 by Tech Correspondent

Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet now costs Rs. 28,000 at Flipkart.

The Galaxy Tab was launched at Rs. 38,000 a few months ago in India, but now has a retail value of about Rs. 30,300. When it was released in the United States shortly after CES 2010, Galaxy Tab was available at Verizon without a contract for $600 and subsequently was announced on Sprint at the same rate without a contract and for $400 with a 2-year deal. Also see our story on limited edition Samsung Luxury Galaxy Tab

Samsung’s biggest competitor in the tablet market, Apple’s iPad, costs about $500 or Rs. 30,000 when imported from most western markets and is cheaper still if bought at Singapore. The iPads sell about four times as much as Galaxy Tab does. Therefore, Samsung’s price for Galaxy Tab somehow doesn’t work out though the tablet does have many more features than the iPad does. Related: Galaxy Tab 4G edition

samsung galaxy tab photo

Photo: Samsung Galaxy Tab

Galaxy Tab has a 1GHz processor, supports Flash video, runs Android 2.2 aka Froyo, has two cameras, supports up to 32GB of storage and connects using Wi-Fi and 3G networks. Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The device has a higher pixel density than the iPad, with a 1024 x 768 pixel display has. High pixel density translates to more definition in images. The Samsung tablet has a shiny white back and would fit in a large hand. The shiny back makes the tablet slippery so it tends to slide off things. It’s therefore recommended that Galaxy Tab be purchased with a skin cover.

Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet weighs about.83 lbs and is 0.47-inch thick. Its front is black with four touch buttons. There’s a headphone jack on top and a volume control, and a microSD card slot and power button along the right edge. Galaxy Tab unfortunately lacks a USB port and the device uses a Samsung proprietary wire and port for charging and loading data, although, microSD slots can be used for data sharing too.

Samsung Galaxy Tab uses the company’s TouchWiz 3.0 user interface. It comes with Media Hub, which has more than 1,000 videos from MTV, Universal and Paramount. The collection lacks old productions though. It doesn’t have Terminator, as Engadget points out. An episode of South Park costs about $2 and video can’t be downloaded, but a video that has been subscribed to can be watched on up to five Samsung devices by logging into the same account on the Samsung server.

The Samsung tablet has social networking apps, and according to a review on tech blog Engadget, Galaxy Tab works fast and its battery lasts for a satisfactorily long time.

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