“At CTIA Wireless earlier this week, Samsung announced a new 10.1″ Galaxy Tab tablet–one which it said was thinner and lighter than the iPad 2,” Harry McCracken reports for Technologizer. “I scurried over to the Samsung booth in hopes of getting some hands-on time with the new Tab.”
“When I got there, I found that the 10.1″ Tabs out on tables were the older, relatively portly version announced last month at Mobile World Congress. The new 10.1-incher (and its 8.9″ sibling) were inside glass cases, and they weren’t powered on,” McCracken reports. “My friend Fritz Nelson of InformationWeek [has since] published a CTIA tablet roundup that includes a couple of comparison shots of the iPad 2 and a prototype of the new 10.1″ Galaxy Tab–ones which he says show that the Tab–supposedly 8.6mm to the iPad 2′s 8.8mm–is very slightly thicker than the iPad 2.”
MacDailyNews Take: When you can’t even produce vaporous mockups with specs that match your claims, you’ve got issues.
McCracken reports, “I was confused about a different aspect of Samsung’s event. Much of it was devoted to video clips from the “Samsung Galaxy Tab Interview Project,” which the opening titles said took place on March 3rd in New York, and which was shown to involve inviting busy, successful New Yorkers to try the Galaxy Tab of their choice and share their opinions. The New Yorkers in question were identified as freelance travel writer Joan Hess, independent filmmaker Karl Shefelman, and leading real estate CEO Joseph Kolinksi.”
“I was curious to learn more about them,” McCracken reports. “So I Googled around and couldn’t find any references to a travel-writing Joan Hess (one with, as she said, a following on Twitter) or a real-estate CEO Joseph Kolinski. I did notice, however, that freelance travel writer Joan Hess bears a striking resemblance to New York actress Joan Hess. And that real estate CEO Joseph Kolinski could be New York actor Joseph Kolinksi‘s twin brother. Filmmaker Karl Shefelman, on the other hand, looks a lot like…filmmaker Karl Shefelman. Who works for a New York production company. One that’s done work for Samsung.”
MacDailyNews Take: Samsung. So flummoxed by Apple that they feel the need to lie? Now that’s desperate.
Read more in the full article, which includes a link to Samsung’s video and photos of the actors that Samsung is trying to pass off as “fans,” here.
MacDailyNews Take: Bloodbath.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]
Samsung: ‘We will not be outdone’ by iPad 2 thinness – March 24, 2011
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