What I saw of the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Last night’s glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy Tab left me wondering when to expect some hard facts.

I appreciated the chance to get my hands on the international version of the device but tweaks to the domestic versions are to be expected. In fact, the door is open for each wireless provider to get their own model of the Galaxy Tab. It will be required in some fashion (GSM, LTE, CDMA).

The Galaxy Tab shown last night was a 3G device. no word on when a 4G version might arrive.

Perhaps I should blame the many smudgy fingers that grabbed the demo models Thursday night, but the TFT screen did not “pop” with the clarity of the AMOLED screens on the Galaxy S phones just a shelf away. My aesthetic observation is likely skewed by the phones’ smaller, tighter dimensions.

They gave a quick look at the video chat. This function only operates on Wi-Fi and the visuals ran a bit choppy during the demo.

Samsung said the Galaxy Tab would arrive in time for the holidays. Peripherals such as a keyboard docking station are already priced.

So how much will the Tab cost??? The word “premium” got tossed around a couple of times so don’t expect bargain-basement prices. Though the device will be on everyone’s network, I don’t know if you can switch to a different wireless provider with the same Tab (probably not).

Most everyone will have a chance to take the Galaxy Tablet for a spin. We shall see if they want to stay the course.

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About Joao-Pierre S. Ruth
New York tech correspondent for Xconomy, tech writer for Investor Uprising, and aspiring urban fantasy writer. I also make brownies and crème brulee.

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