When the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was announced at the Mobile World Congress last month, it was one of the most impressive Android tablets to be launched this year. It offered a huge improvement over the existing Galaxy Tab, and had way more features than the Apple iPad.
But now, with the Apple iPad 2 having been launched, Samsung seems to be a bit apprehensive about the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The iPad 2 may not have better hardware specs than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Motorola Xoom, but it is much slimmer and the pricing is very competitive.
Also, there are more than 65000 apps for the iPad 2 while Android has less than 100 apps. The only way Android tablets can be made attractive to consumers is by pricing them much lower than the iPad and by offering more features. While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does deliver on the features part, its pricing was likely to be much higher than the iPad 2. Samsung seems to have realized this.
“We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate. Apple made it [iPad 2] very thin” said Lee Don Joo, Executive VP, Samsung. “The 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet) but we will have to think that over”.
This news should be welcomed by Android fans. Thanks to the iPad 2, they will be getting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for much lower than they would have.