Apple’s iPad 2 freaks out Samsung; says Galaxy Tab specs, pricing ‘inadequate’

“Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s second-largest maker of mobile phones, sees the slim design and competitive price of Apple Inc.’s new iPad 2 as its biggest obstacles, a senior official said Friday,” Lee Youkyung reports for Yonhap.

“Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile division, said that Apple has presented new challenges for the South Korean company with a thinner mobile gadget that is priced the same as its predecessor,” Youkyung reports. “‘We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,’ Lee told Yonhap News Agency. ‘Apple made it very thin.'”

Youkyung reports, “7-inch Galaxy Tab was priced at nearly US$900 without a two-year contract from mobile operators, while the price of the iPad 2 starts at $499, with the most expensive model costing $829. Samsung did not announce the pricing details for the 10.1-inch tablet. ‘The 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet) but we will have to think that over,’ Lee added. Samsung, which was one of the companies singled out [Wednesday by Apple CEO Steve Jobs] as competitors making ‘copycat’ products.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Inadequate. The same goes for your pretend iPhones with their fragmented, cobbled-together “ecosystems,” too.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

38 Comments

      1. Unfortunately for Mr. Ballmer, he has no clue.

        People forget that Mr. Ballmer is primarily two things.

        1. A salesman
        2. A tyrant chair thrower screamer

        Nothing in his psyche translates to customer awareness and appreciation or he would have never given the green light to all the multi-billion dollar failures over the last decade.

      2. Ballmer and his deluded fanbois simply do not have a clue about what the average consumer wants. They really must think that the average consumer is some sort of tech-head fruitcake that’s reading kernel code and tearing apart processors to see what they’re made of. I don’t know any of my associates that are even remotely interested in that sort of nonsense. They just want easy to use and reliable products. A brand they can trust. They like being cool. They’re happy to spend more money on devices they like.

        This Wintard fanboi argument of a Windows desktop OS on a tablet being much better for consumers than an iPad is ludicrous. In theory, I understand that Windows OS would be more powerful for someone that can take advantage of it, but most consumers use only a tiny fraction of what a full-blown OS can do. Just give the average consumers something simple to get what they need done. I see nothing wrong with dumbing down a device to make sure it gets used.

        All the fanbois on both sides can sit around and talk about specs and code and platforms, but the consumers are going to go out and buy the iPad 2 because it’s going to be pushed like hell and millions of consumers are going to believe it can do all those things that the commercials say it can do. Those Apple retail stores are going to do fantastic iPad 2 business as consumers come in and play with them. Those consumers are not going to leave empty-handed.

        1. … would very much prefer a tablet with a Windows-like UI. He will NOT be getting one with a Mac-like UI. Although, who ever said the keyboard-less iOS has a specific OSX flavor to it? Windows is what he knows, what decades of work as an Engineer at GE has taught him. We disagree about other stuff, as well.

    1. Exactly. That is the real problem with all the competitors. The software is what make the experience great and because Apple make the hardware AND the software it is going to work the best. Look at the Xoom, I think it works better than the Galaxy because the hardware and the software is made by the same company, I still think the iPad 2 is better but I think you see my point.

  1. With the hot-spot feature, you can buy the cheaper wifi model and use your iPhone 4 for on the road.

    SWEET and cheaper. 🙂

    Just a thought,
    en

      1. You do – if other devices on AT&T are any evidence, you’ll have to pay $40/month for 4Gb of data to Hot Spot with.

        AT&T has yet to say when they’ll support the feature. Based on how long it took them to finally come around to tethering, you might be holding an iPad3 or iPad4 before AT&T turns on the Hot Spot feature for iPhones.

  2. It’s understandable that other companies see Apple’s devices and realize that they represent the future, and that they need to be a part of it. “We can’t just let Apple have this'” was Ballmer’s comment about the iPod. But when all they can bring to the table are zunes and xooms and galaxies, and nexuses, etc, it’s just a costly reminder of how far behind they are, and that the non-Apple world is bereft of ideas.

  3. If Samsung who makes the ram, the A5, and the screen for Apple can’t make a tablet for a price anywhere near the iPad, who can, without making a piece of junk?

  4. The iPad 2 3G has micro-SIM slot. The device is unlocked, which means it should be able to take any SIM card.

    If you have an iPhone 4 (the GSM model), what prevents you from taking that SIM out of the phone and sticking it into the iPad? Rather than paying extra $20 for the tethering plan (in order to use that WiFi sharing feature of iOS 4.3), you could use your original iPhone data plan with the iPhone SIM card. Obviously, once you put the card into the iPad, you wouldn’t be able to receive incoming phone calls (or make outgoing ones) using the iPad, but you’d be saving yourself some $20 per month for tethering.

    Does anyone know (has anyone tried), would this work?

  5. At least they have the humility to publicly acknowledge they’ve been outdone. Most companies would instead try to spin it in a way that makes their product look superior. I respect Samsung’s frankness.

    1. I’m with you.

      I can’t imagine any American or European business leader having the guts and the honesty to use the word “inadequate” in relation to their own product.

      Sadly, the need for triumphalism from some of the people who hang around here stifles the ability to accept victory gracefully. From the posts you see here, you’d imagine that some of them developed the iPad themselves and were responsible for the successful marketing and eco-system development.

      1. Yes we are.. without a consumer base to sell these products to, there would be no iPad nor any developed applications for it. Likewise, without people with common sense and smart purchasing decisions, the Xoom and Galaxy Tab would be a success. You can correctly thank us now for being part of this cycle in driving technology forward. We deserve it.

      2. MrMcLargeHuge, I agree. Surprising and refreshing to see an honest response.

        But, mccfr, I think the “triumphalism” results from the fact that despite a little humility from Samsung’s Exec. V.P., Samsung did absolutely copy (steal) the concept, look, idea of Apple’s iPad, and try to profit from their over-priced, under-functioning copy.

        Lee Don-joo’s comments are akin to a marathon runner cheating by taking a cab for most of the race, still finishing 10th, and then saying publicly, “Hmm. Maybe my effort wasn’t good enough and I deserve 10th spot. Next time I’ll take a faster taxi.”

        I remain in Apple’s corner, cheering against the cheaters.

  6. I’m already starting to love the post-PC era. I want to see how fast Microsoft share price crumbles on analyst downgrades of the PC market. I’m guessing low $25 range. I’d like to see Microsoft’s market cap sink below $200 billion by mid-year.

    1. It is very likely that Microsoft’s MacBU (Macintosh Business Unit, pronounced McBoo) will very soon become the main cash cow and the biggest revenue generator for MS…

  7. What about REMOTE DESKTOP on the IPad??? Jump Desktop is an amazing AMAZING app that allows you full control of any windows PC. So… if you absolutely have to run Windows from an IPAD, you can (plus Mac laptops and such).

  8. Actually, you have to pity these Samsung tablet guys. Apple uses so many Samsung components, you’d think they would be begging the top brass to pull the rug out from under Apple so they would have a chance. Then, I can just see everyone in the Samsung boardroom laugh and roll their eyes after they walk out, saying “yeah right – when you start to bring in billions of dollars a year, we’ll start listening….”

  9. “…we will have to think that over…”

    Well, Apple and SJ *were* thinking it over — years ago. Samsung’s problem – being reactive rather than proactive – is shared by many other tech companies. And it worked OK before Apple came along to disrupt things. It does not work anymore. Samsung wasted a lot of money on the Galaxy Tab attempts (7″ and 10.1″). Now they are going to waste more money trying to adapt to the iPad 2. They might start making some progress towards that goal by the time the iPad 3 rolls out. It’s predictable, comical, and sad at the same time.

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