Samsung Galaxy Tab's achilles heel, its price

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the tablet that Android fans have been waiting for since the iPad was announced, and there are a lot of reasons to be excited about it too, especially when you look at its spec sheet. 

But like any good product, marketing and the price of the device is key to its long term success, and this is where the Tab sits on shaky ground. While no U.S. prices have been announced yet, European carriers have begun pre-ordering the device and are asking for a serious premium. Vodafone Germany is offering the tab at €730 (over $1000 USD) for a 16GB 3G version off contract or €300 ($400 USD) on contract with a monthly payment of €35.00. 

In the UK, the same 16GB tab without a contract is selling for ₤530 ($850 USD) which is around the same price as the iPad (3G model) in the UK. While the tab does offer features the current iPad does not, Samsung is asking the same price as Apple.

If Apple is known for its premium pricing, why isn’t Samsung trying to undercut Apple? Sure, Samsung could be banking on carriers to subsidize the initial pricing to levels well below the iPad, but then you’re stuck with another monthly payment. There is no option for a WiFi only model; it's 3G or bust. 

Samsung is taking bold steps with its Tab. It's playing in the market that Apple is dominating and isn't even trying to offer a reasonable out of contract price compared to its iPad competitor. While there are a few out there that won’t buy Apple products and only want true open source, in this case you can’t even compare apples to well, Apple. 

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It's not worth that price. I have a feeling this thing will be going on clearance lines quite quickly.

On a side note, I messed around with a 7-inch Android 1.6 tablet a few days ago and I was quite surprised how well it performed. It took an absolute age to boot but it was better than I expected. So it kiiinda works...

I agree with you that the price is too high, but you cannot compare a gaming rig to a Tablet PC. They are 2 completely different things. Yes, a gaming rig can do almost everything a Tablet can do, but thats not the point. You don't have portability, a touch screen, etc. It finally comes down to what a particular device is used for, and using the right device for the right thing.

You can use a desktop computer as a full fledged phone, but you can't carry it around, can you? :-)

The Guardian said,
You can use a desktop computer as a full fledged phone, but you can't carry it around, can you? :-)

And that's why a smartphone costs more than a low-end PC that's still orders of magnitude more powerful than the phone.

Good lordy, i can build a gaming computer for 1000 dollars, and a tablet is no where near a gaming computer. Drop the price and add some Wifi or a no buy from me.

I think they see all these idiots spend money an ipad the figure "lets throw in a few more feature and maybe we can get a piece of the money", so really they are just trying to cash in on the tablet fad right now.

Big mistake on Samsungs part. Why buy a smaller more expensive version of the Ipad? Doesn't make sense. I wanted one of these bad boys but I won't be until the price comes down.

nubs said,
Big mistake on Samsungs part. Why buy a smaller more expensive version of the Ipad? Doesn't make sense. I wanted one of these bad boys but I won't be until the price comes down.

Why are some 13" notebooks more expensive than 15" notebooks? This device has nearly the same resolution as the iPad in a form factor that lets you actually be mobile with it. Try holding the iPad in one hand. This device is about as large as it could possibly be while being able to fit in the single hand of an average person. On top of that, it has a phone and front facing camera. You might not necessarily want those features, but this device comes with them, like it or not, and they impact the unit price.

I can't see it doing well, would you go for the one with a big reputation or a newcomer with a vastly smaller screen ?

And people complain about Apple's iPad pricing... Also, Android 2.x on a tablet... Even Google admitted it's not ready for that yet. I think I'll pass to pay a minimum of €730 for a product that's not quite it.

.Neo said,
And people complain about Apple's iPad pricing... Also, Android 2.x on a tablet... Even Google admitted it's not ready for that yet. I think I'll pass to pay a minimum of €730 for a product that's not quite it.

yeah that's why Gingerbread will be here before the end of 2010 wich will support officially Tablet resolution
also the Tab can be used as a phone with bluetooth microphone and there's no way you can do bluetooth mic in iPad land...

NesTle said,

yeah that's why Gingerbread will be here before the end of 2010 wich will support officially Tablet resolution

Which the tab doesn't run right now...

NesTle said,
also the Tab can be used as a phone with bluetooth microphone and there's no way you can do bluetooth mic in iPad land...

I have no idea why I would want to call with a tablet.

NesTle said,

yeah that's why Gingerbread will be here before the end of 2010 wich will support officially Tablet resolution
also the Tab can be used as a phone with bluetooth microphone and there's no way you can do bluetooth mic in iPad land...

Do you expect your TV to double as a toaster as well?

Are you sure you can't connect a bluetooth headset and use that with the Skype App w/ iPad?

NesTle said,

yeah that's why Gingerbread will be here before the end of 2010 wich will support officially Tablet resolution
also the Tab can be used as a phone with bluetooth microphone and there's no way you can do bluetooth mic in iPad land...

What's "tablet resolution"? This device has native 1024 x 600 resolution. Are you telling me that it's displaying only 800 x 480 because of the OS?

Yeah, price and battery life.... I still want to try it out and see if there are any improvements in responsiveness of the apps.