October 25, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Here we go! After the initial disappointment of Verizon’s $599 price tag and questions about when we could expect to see a Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab, we know when, where, and how (much).
The Wi-Fi Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available for $499 at Best Buy beginning next month. The Wi-Fi only version will be in silver as opposed to the black versions seen on carrier devices, and will be $100 cheaper than purchasing from Verizon off-contract. The lack of 3G makes it cheaper, but I’m sure several users plan to simply tether the device to their existing smartphone data plan (I know I am).
The Tab has a 7-inch screen, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.2, 32 GB microSD slot, 3 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The $499 price point is important because it puts the Galaxy Tab at the same price of a comparable Apple iPad. The previous off-contract price floated of $599 struck me as a dangerous move since the iPad offered more for less. Now that the two devices are economically on equal footing, the Galaxy Tab has a better chance when consumers walk into Best Buy and put the two side-by-side.
Anyone in the market for a new toy?