“Sprint Nextel plans to sell iPad rival, the Galaxy Tab from Samsung Electronics for a third less than the tablet computer’s price tag at Verizon Wireless but, the offer still comes with a catch that at least one analyst said would limit sales,” Sinead Carew reports for Reuters. “On November 14 Sprint, the No. 4 U.S. mobile service will kick of sales for $400 for the Tab, which is seen as the most credible competitor so far to Apple Inc’s popular iPad.
MacDailyNews Take: That Samsung’s Galaxy Tab “is seen as the most credible competitor so far” to Apple’s iPad speaks volumes.
One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70% of the benefits of a 10-inch screen. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The screen measurements are diagonal, so that a 7-inch screen is only 45% as large as iPad’s 10-inch screen. You heard me right: Just 45% as large. If you take an iPad an hold it upright in portrait view and draw an imaginary horizontal line halfway down the screen, the screens on these 7-inch tablets are a bit smaller than the bottom half of the ipad’s display. This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps in our opinion. While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size. Apple has done extensive user testing on tough interfaces over many years and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touchscreen before users cannot reliably tap, flick, or pinch them. This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps… Even Google is telling the tablet manufacturers no tot use their current release, Froyo, for tablets and to wait for a special tablet release next year. What does it mean when your software supplier says not to use their software and what does it mean when you ignore them and use it anyway? – Steve Jobs, October 18, 2010
Carew continues, “But while Sprint customers will pay less up-front, they may end up forking out more cash over time as the discount comes with a two-year contract requiring monthly service fees starting at $29.99 for two gigabytes of data downloads.”
MacDailyNews Take: The stupidity required to enter into a 2-year contract for that thing precludes the ability to survive without massive outside assistance. Therefore we see very few sales for Sprint.
Carew continues, “So, including the service fees, Sprint customers would end up paying $1,120 over two years at the least.”
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