Sprint to offer Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab for $400 with two-year contract

Apple Online Store“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.”

Full article here.

40 Comments

  1. @clyde2801

    You fail, No contract with AT&T only Month to Month or did you forget this MOST Important Point.

    And your Not tied to a certain data plain you can change as needed or drop it if you wish.

  2. The original Mac almost failed because John Scully decided to extract HUGE margins from what was originally supposed to be a $1000 computer, not a $2500 computer. Scully thought that everyone would be will willing to pay extra (lots extra) for the ground breaking Mac GUI.

    Yet here we have a not-ready-for-prime-tablet-time interface combined with a much cheaper/smaller screen and it costs a lot more?

    So now we have the Android hardware tax?

    Or maybe it’s just the people-who-are-mathematically-challenged tax?

  3. The original Mac almost failed because John Scully decided to extract HUGE margins from what was originally supposed to be a $1000 computer, not a $2500 computer. Scully thought that everyone would be will willing to pay extra (lots extra) for the ground breaking Mac GUI.

    Yet here we have a not-ready-for-prime-tablet-time interface combined with a much cheaper/smaller screen and it costs a lot more?

    So now we have the Android hardware tax?

    Or maybe it’s just the people-who-are-mathematically-challenged tax?

  4. My hope is that for iPad 2 that Apple does away with wi-fi only models & sells the 3G ones for 499/599/699. I read the cell chip costs Apple $8. It seems this would make it a lot easier to fulfill orders on the iPad in 2011 (I predict 50 million sales). In 2012, I’d love for the price of the base model to get down to $399- I think that or $299 is the no-brainer-gotta-have-it sweet spot for the general public. Thoughts??

  5. My hope is that for iPad 2 that Apple does away with wi-fi only models & sells the 3G ones for 499/599/699. I read the cell chip costs Apple $8. It seems this would make it a lot easier to fulfill orders on the iPad in 2011 (I predict 50 million sales). In 2012, I’d love for the price of the base model to get down to $399- I think that or $299 is the no-brainer-gotta-have-it sweet spot for the general public. Thoughts??

  6. @clyde2081 – bad math. to buy the Samsung 3G tab you MUST pay $1320 total. and there is a early termination fee no doubt too if you want to upgrade your hardware sooner than 2 years. to buy the iPad 3G with service for two years you pay only $990. you can buy some more gigs whenever you need to, which does add to the total – but not unless you need to. many don’t need to at all. you can also upgrade your hardware anytime without penalty (and sell your old iPad at a good price).

    the iPad is clearly the better deal – and you get a screen twice as big to boot!

    except for some diehard fandroids, the Galaxy tab will be a total flop.

  7. @clyde2081 – bad math. to buy the Samsung 3G tab you MUST pay $1320 total. and there is a early termination fee no doubt too if you want to upgrade your hardware sooner than 2 years. to buy the iPad 3G with service for two years you pay only $990. you can buy some more gigs whenever you need to, which does add to the total – but not unless you need to. many don’t need to at all. you can also upgrade your hardware anytime without penalty (and sell your old iPad at a good price).

    the iPad is clearly the better deal – and you get a screen twice as big to boot!

    except for some diehard fandroids, the Galaxy tab will be a total flop.

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