Samsung is the first company to really try and take on Apple in the tablet marketplace, and while its first Android tablet didn't exactly set the world on fire, its second 10.1-inch model shows some promise. Oh, and it now has an Australian launch date and price.
The 10.1-inch, Honeycomb-toting Android tablet will be available in Australia from mid-April. The catch is that it will be exclusive to Vodafone at launch.
There will be two pricing options for the tablet with Vodafone - a $729 outright purchase which includes 6GB of data with a 3 month expiry, or a $259 up front payment and $39 a month for 12 months (which includes 1.5GB each month).
Compared to the infamous $999 outright pricing of the Galaxy Tab, this is a huge step forward on the price front for Samsung to take on Apple, although the hardware itself - in Samsung's own words - may not be as good as Apple's iPad 2. Not to mention the current misgivings among the early adopter crowd that Vodafone's network isn't exactly ideal for data usage, which this device will only put more pressure on.
Compared to the just release iPad 2 Pricing, The Galaxy Tab is right on the money, with 16GB of internal storage and 3G connectivity for the same $729 pricing as Apple's 16GB WiFi + 3G version. If anything, Samsung's offering is even slightly superior given it includes 6GB of mobile data. But whether that remains enough to convince buyers away from the shininess of Apple is another thing entirely.