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Samsung preps new tablet, calls iPad a "glorified MID"

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Mon March 15, 2010

Samsung claims iPad too weak, not connected

Samsung today said it would return to tablets in earnest by the second half of the year. Australian IT marketing manager Emmanuele Silanesu didn't provide many details of the device but said it would focus much more on the home than the Q1 series, which was ostensibly targeted at business. He admitted to APC that the Q1 was a failure for the public, as it was targeted for workers and too limited and expensive, but stressed that a home Samsung tablet could be a main device in place of a notebook if had enough functionality.

"I think we could get critical mass in having a product which could become your primary device -- one you could take to university and do a PowerPoint presentation on it, for example," the executive said. "Or a device that could be taken home or to the office and docked."

Both Silanesu and the Korean company's Australian IT director, Philip Newton, have also attacked the iPad and claimed that it has neither the speed nor the expansion ports needed to be a main system. The iPad is just a "glorified MID" (mobile Internet device) that takes the experience "to the next level," Newton argued at a company forum in Singapore. He likened it to an e-book reader with wireless but no expansion and implied that Samsung believes the Intel Atom would be faster.

"There is assuredly a good market for iPads, but there is an even broader market for consumers who want an iPad format but also want more functionality, more grunt, more IO," he said. "While the ARM-based processor in the iPad is a great chip it's not designed for crunching spreadsheets and all those other things that the traditional notebook does."

The plans are confident for Samsung, whose poor sales of the Q1 are emblematic of the problems with UMPCs and tablets to date. The 7-inch handheld was one of the leaders in Microsoft's "Origami" effort but was criticized for being too slow, costing too much and having little battery life. It has largely stopped updating the series since 2008 and still charges $750 for the base Q1. It has two USB ports and a card reader but is also twice as thick as Apple's upcoming tablet.

by MacNN Staff



  1. tsmelker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Which is newspeak for...

    "Oh c***, Apple's one-upped us yet again, and now we have to save face by smearing their product and then swiping most of their design cues so we can turn out a product that has less than half of the appeal and user friendliness that Apple's product does!"

    This all sounds maddeningly familiar-- oh, right! That's what people said about the original iPhone, the iPod, the Macintosh, etc., and we all know how right the naysayers were then.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    These companies failed earlier to create

    any consumer interest in tablets. Now they're sitting back and waiting for the iPad to stir up the consumer's juices and suddenly they're going to build "better" iPads. Samsung's sales of the Q1 sucked even though it had "more" hardware. It was bulky and had poor battery life. Yet somehow they're going to one up the iPad by offering more power in a slimmer package. I think it's easier said than done. Samsung will probably offer a hardware solution with nothing else that the iPad has in the way of content.

    I hope Samsung falls flat on its face for targeting the iPad when they could have just said they're offering a powerful tablet for consumers. The iPad is not a notebook, nor was it meant to be. The iPad basically is just a light-duty device for viewing various types of media and targeting low-tech consumers.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Expansion ports are where it's at.

    Because, really, that's what I want in a device. more ports. :sarcasm:

    Apple once again, Apple's hit it on the head with the pure simplicity of the device. A bunch of USB ports and a VGA port aren't going to help. You have the dock connector so you connect what you want. Want to show your Keynote presentation? You sure can using the dock connector.

    Want to dock it to a full keyboard? You sure can. Through the dock connector.

    Need a full horsepower machine to do spreadsheets? No, it's not for that (although you can do spreadsheets to a limited degree) For that, you need a more powerful machine, such as, say a MacBook Pro, perhaps?

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Deja vu

    I agree, tsmelker! Isn't this the same type of rhetoric we heard when the iPod was released, and then later when the iPhone came out?!!


  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh Samsung

    Apple never claimed this was going to be a main system. In fact an MID is exactly what they said it was. One that happens to also be an ipod, an ereader and (within parameters) a game device.

    But that's not really the issue. the issue is if enough folks are looking for what Apple is dishing. and we'll find out in about 3 weeks. Way before you'll even had a prototype to show off for release "later in the year" (like HP etc)

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Problem Apple's Competitors Have

    This article has more questionable if-statements and comparisons in it that the entire code for MS Windows.

    The problem Apple's competitors have with the iPad is simply this: the iPad actually exists. And now people can order it. And people are.

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nobody is arguing that an iPad would be someone's main computer. What a straw-man argument, and is the guy suggesting that a Samsung tablet would be?

    And claiming the iPad is underpowered for crunching spreadsheets? When is a 1GHz processor not enough to do simple math?

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nobody is arguing that an iPad would be someone's main computer. What a straw-man argument, and is the guy suggesting that a Samsung tablet would be?

    And claiming the iPad is underpowered for crunching spreadsheets? When is a 1GHz processor not enough to do simple math?

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Whipping Boy

    This guy felt he had to say something... and it IS likely he knows what an iPad really will be and that it has nothing to do with netbooks, etc. Someone said BASH and he did. But this doesn't work much anymore and especially not against Apple because they will sell a jillion of them and then these PC mamas will have to "eat their words" as nowadays everything is recorded for ever (you can bet Michael Dell wishes he had NEVER spoken badly about Apple). I can well imagine that Jobs worked on his presentation for days and I am sure this "genius" worked on his for what, say 5-10 minutes?

    Smart marketers KNOW you acknowledge the leader and then tell you to give buyers reasons for switching to your product. This guy gave no reasons, just complaints which were uttered by other know-nothings on the day of the announcement. Do these goofs learn anything? Guess not. They'll be back on the next Apple release, whatever that will be.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Everyone's running for the exit...

    trying not to be the last man out and get smacked in the a** by the door when the iPad launches...

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