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T-Mobile Galaxy Tab at $399 on contract, stacked up vs. iPad

updated 10:55 pm EDT, Sat October 9, 2010

Galaxy Tab leak has T-Mo price, iPad comparison

A slip of T-Mobile's marketing material for the Samsung Galaxy Tab tonight may have given away its pricing as well as T-Mobile's strategy for trying to sway iPad buyers. Similar to the Sprint leak, the device would still cost $399 with a contract and after a $50 rebate. TmoNews' copy of the dealer partner sheets would have the Android tablet cost slightly more than the 3G iPad when off-contract, despite the smaller screen, at $650.

To persuade buyers, the carrier told sellers to focus on the device's strong points, albeit with inaccuracies. A side-by-side look points out the front and back cameras, the ability to expand storage with a microSDHC card slot and the support for Adobe Flash as well as the reduced weight from the smaller seven-inch display. T-Mobile claimed the iPad has the same 1024x600 resolution, though, where it has a wider 1024x768 screen.

The similarity in Sprint and T-Mobile pricing hints that AT&T and Verizon will follow suit and that Samsung is taking a significant gamble by going above the estimated $300 for a subsidized model. At $399, the device tied to a two-year plan would be just $100 below a Wi-Fi iPad and would be much more expensive to own in the long term. Samsung has promised a Wi-Fi version but hasn't said how much this would cost. Apple has taken the view that customers won't treat the tablet like a phone and want something without required service.

by MacNN Staff



  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and the plans

    that's a stickler for me. Because I don't need 3g access all the time. 95% of the time I don't have to look for wifi.

    so if the plans are worse than what ATT is offering up for the ipad why would I lock myself into a 2 year contract. if the plans are really awesome better I could consider a no contract buy. After I get a look at it

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Half the viewable display (7" is about half the square area as Apple iPad) AND $400 with contract? LOL.

  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If they want to compete

    They need to standardize the hardware as much as they do on the PC.

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    good luck

    So what happens to something like this if when Apple comes out with the next revision of the iPad they decide to keep the old ones around and slash their prices by $100? There's no guarantee they will, but can you imagine trying to compete with a $399 iPad that requires no contracts? Apple manufactures enough of them that their component prices could be a lot lower than we think ...

  1. normyzo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They got the iPad screen resolution wrong

    It's 1024x768, not 1024,600. Galaxy Tab has smaller screen *and* fewer pixels.

  1. Alfiejr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hopelessly Overpriced

    at $400 up front plus 2yr contract @ $60/month (as reported elsewhere), the total minimum 2yr cost of the Samsung tab will be $1840!

    whereas a 3G iPad at $630 plus 2yr no-contract data plan @ $15/month totals just $990!!

    so ... you will get less than 1/2 the screen area of the iPad but pay almost twice the price!!!

    and if you really have to have the camera for video calls, everyone knows the 2011 iPad will have one for FaceTime, just wait several months ...

    i mean, seriously, who is going to go for this terrible deal aside from total Android addicts? the Galaxy tab is DOA.

    i think Samsung is just trying to get its "brand" out there first in the Android tablet market. but egg on the face is not a good way to do that.

    Jobs nailed this one: consumers hate the 2yr contracts they are forced in to by the telcos, practically with a gun to our head. and the penalties and all the little tacked-on charges. i think one big reason for the iPad's success is the really cheap no commitment data plan that he squeezed out of AT&T somehow. unless Android tabs can match that, they can't ever catch the iPad no matter how many bells and whistles they hype.

  1. rombe3jr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tick Tock

    Six months with no legitimate iPad competitor and counting.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Hopelessly Overpriced

    Jobs nailed this one: consumers hate the 2yr contracts they are forced in to by the telcos,

    And yet, in the US, Apple won't sell you an unlocked iPhone, it is hard (if not impossible) to buy an iPhone without a contract, and if you get a contract, it is demanded (from Apple, mind you) that you get a data plan.

    And apparently people don't want to sign those contracts being forced upon us, but it is perfectly fine to force it's customers to use a single provider. Oh, wait, that's right, that's the iPhone. Completely different.

    And bear in mind that with the iPad, Apple used their market force on ATT to offer up the standard phone data plans on the iPad, even though you can't get it with any other device. ATT was certainly scared out of their minds that Apple would go elsewhere with the iPad to give them that deal.

    practically with a gun to our head. and the penalties and all the little tacked-on charges.

    I didn't realize the goons at ATT would hold guns to people's head and force them to sign a contract and get a phone.

    And damn those penalties for wanting to break a contract. So unfair!

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