Samsung Galaxy Tab from Verizon Launches November 11

It’s official—the Verizon Galaxy Tab by Samsung has a November 11th launch date and a $599 unsubsidized price tag. Verizon Wireless now has two tablets in its arsenal: the iPad with a Mi-Fi tether to get 3G via Wi-Fi and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Which one is the better deal? Here is an overview of the highly anticipated Galaxy Tab to help you come to a decision.

The Galaxy Tab tablet has a 7” multitouch screen at a 1024×600 resolution. Not shabby, but not quite as impressive as what Research In Motion (RIM) will be offering in its BlackBerry PlayBook and smaller than the screen in the iPad at a slightly lower resolution. It’s 7”—what did you expect? The tab runs Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ and has Adobe Flash. 10.1 Pretty sweet eh? To power all the fun, a 1 GHz Cortex A8 ‘Hummingbird’ processor sits under the hood.

Readers might note that Apple uses the Cortex A8 in its iOS devices. However, Apple has tweaked the chips to make them ‘Apple’ and redubbed them Cortex A8 Apple A4. They’re very similar but we’ll have to see speed tests before any conclusions as to which one is better can be made. Battery consumption has to be tossed into the equation as well, since these are portable devices after all.

The Galaxy Tab can be equipped with a data plan on Verizon’s 3G network for $20 a month and 1 GB of data. Not bad since a data plan is not required and this is without contract. Hopefully, Verizon decides to have a few tiers of data plans available for the Tab.

The front camera for video calling on the Tab is a 1.3 megapixel capable of doing 720p HD. The rear camera has a 3 megapixel resolution. While the iPad 2 might very well have cameras for FaceTime calling etc., the Galaxy Tab is the model coming out this month with cameras. Apple was beaten to the punch, pure and simple.

To decide if you want a Galaxy Tab, I recommend going to the store and playing around with one. Tech specs are easy to throw around. It’s the intangibles that really sell things. Is the 7” screen going to be large enough for you to read? The Android Market have the apps you need for your job? Or if you plan on using this for gaming or general web surfing, are the social networking tools and games you love on it?

Don’t just look at the technical specs. Identify what you need in a device and choose accordingly. In the meantime, let me know if you think the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a worthy iPad challenger.

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