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We have yet to see the Samsung Galaxy Tab in stores around the UK, when the Galaxy Tab 8.9 emerges on Amazon Germany (Aamazon.de) for €606.50 (that’s around £530.00 in the UK). The smaller version of the 10.1 inch tablet seen on Germany’s Amazon is the 16 GB version.
If this is right, this would mean that the slimmest tablet the world has ever seen is even cheaper than the 7 inch HTC Flyer. This means that you get a more powerful and bigger tablet at a lower price. This doesn’t look good for HTC’s first tablet. Then again, this is according to Germany’s price tag. Samsung is yet to confirm how much the tablet will be in the UK.
This is definitely good news for users. However, there was no way of telling whether the 8.9 inch tablet by the Korean manufacturer featured on the German website was the Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + 3G version. Nonetheless, a Wi-Fi only version would be good enough if you would want to stay away from those pesky contracts.
On Germany’s Amazon, it is interesting to see that there is an option to select the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, when selected, a price tag could not be seen. Google Translate didn’t do us any good. All it did was get you lost in translation.
Not only is the tablet the slimmest in the world; it will also be one of the most powerful tablets in market. It will come with a 1 GHz dual-core processor. Furthermore, due to its slim design, the tablet will make use of 30-pin connector replacing USB and HDMI connectors found on other tablets such as the Motorola Xoom.
With these features, we’re just dying to get our hands on the 10.1 and 8.9 versions. Hopefully, US courts don’t grant a possible request for an injunction by Apple. This will prevent Samsung from further marketing their products.
According to eWeek, Amazon is set to launch either their 7 inch dual-core tablet the “Coyote” or their 10 inch quad-core tablet the “Hollywood” by Christmas. Their report is based on the findings of Tim Bajarin, a Creative Strategies analyst, who has ties with a number of sources in Taipei. This is where computer components are manufactured.
The industry analyst said that the online retail giant is gearing to release a tablet or two due for the holidays. It is certain that Amazon will release an Android tablet. However, it is unclear whether the online retailer will make use of the Honeycomb 3.0, the Ice Cream Sandwich, or a custom version specifically designed for their tablet.
According to the analyst, “I believe Amazon looked at the Android market and saw that it was becoming fragmented and that it would be quite difficult for any of these players to create their own fully integrated app store, media cloud and storage solution. As I stated earlier, any Android competitor can only do this in a piece meal fashion, not in a highly integrated manner.”
This makes sense since tablets are mediums in which users can enjoy all sorts of media. This is why the iPad 2 is so successful. These iOS tablets give users access to the Apple App Store and iTunes wherein they can enjoy music, videos, information, entertainment, and games.
Bajarin added, “This is why I believe Amazon is quite confident about entering the crowded tablet market. It knows that combining its own app store with its content and storage would allow it to compete extremely well with Motorola, Samsung, RIM and all of the other tablet vendors, since its offering would be pretty close to what Apple has. If Amazon can do this effectively, it may easily become the iPad’s toughest competitor to date.”
This is something tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 do not have to offer. Amazon has in its disposal a rich amount of digital content namely apps from its Appstore, music from its cloud service, eBooks for its Kindle reader, and so much more.
The analyst also believes that the “Coyote” will be priced at $349.00 (£216.00) and the “Hollywood” will be priced at $449.00 (£277.50).
A while ago, we heard of the legal battle between Apple and Amazon. Apple has accused Amazon of trademark infringement for Amazon’s use of the term “appstore” in its Android application online store. Apparently, the legal battle rages on.
Apple has maintained that the term “app store” is not generic and they should have exclusive rights to use the term. The Cupertino firm is not satisfied by Amazon’s omission of the space between app and store. They are adamant in the argument that the similarities between the two stores will cause confusion among consumers, which will result in a loss of profits. At first this was amusing to watch since neither industry giant was backing down from the fight. However, now it is getting to be a bit annoying.
Has Apple taken this legal debacle too far? True, we wouldn’t get to know about apps if not for Apple’s App Store, and, true, they currently have the largest app online store. However, do they have exclusive rights to use the term? Do they really think that consumers and developers are that stupid, which leads them to believe that we cannot decipher one app store from another?
Let’s try to look at this in a different perspective. If you were looking for Asian ingredients, you would go to an Asian supermarket. If you were looking for western ingredients, you would go to a western supermarket. Why? Because, you know what you’re looking for, and you know where to get it. It’s as simple as that. We also know that the term “supermarket” is generic.
With this analogy, users that own devices such as the iPad 2 know where to get their apps. In fact, they are quickly directed to Apple’s app store if ever they are looking for apps to purchase and download. Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Xoom users are directed to the Android Market or can opt to get apps from Amazon’s Android Appstore. To be honest, there doesn’t seem to be any confusion here.