Verizon Announces Samsung Galaxy Tab Price and Availability

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The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Tab will finally make its way to American storefronts on November 11 — at least the Verizon version, Verizon Wireless has announced.

Samsung Galaxy TabThe Android tablet will begin selling for $600 through Verizon as it aims to combine the “reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network and the power of Android 2.2,” the official press release stated.

Verizon made no mention of a subsidized price with a contract. In fact, Verizon will be offering a month-to-month data plan for $20 per that allows for 1GB of data.

$600 Galaxy Tab?

Actually costing $599.99, the Verizon Galaxy Tab falls within range of earlier rumors that indicated a $600 to $650 price tag unsubsidized. However, the rumors regarding the Sprint and T-Mobile price also mentioned a $399 price for the Galaxy Tab with a two-year agreement, and, in the case of T-Mobile, a $50 mail in rebate.

For the inevitable iPad comparison, the Wi-Fi only iPad currently starts at $499 (16GB) and the 16GB 3G iPad starts at $629.

The AT&T iPad data plan currently costs $15 per month for 250MB of data or $25 per month for 2GB of data. Both plans are month-to-month.

In addition, Verizon stores are now selling the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad bundled with a Verizon MiFi device. Verizon offers an iPad data plan, with 1GB of data per month for $20 or 5GB for $60.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab

Galaxy Tab Specs

Notable features of the device include a seven-inch touchscreen, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, front and rear-facing digital camera, 4000mAH battery and 3G + Wi-Fi. Verizon mobile applications built into the Galaxy Tab include V CAST Music and V Cast Song ID, VZ Navigator, Slacker Radio, Kindle for Android, Blockbuster on Demand, and the exclusive “Let’s Golf” game. The device will also support text, picture and video messaging as well as V CAST Apps, which is Verizon’s mobile marketplace.

Galaxy Tab Reviewed

TabletPCReview recently reviewed the European Galaxy Tab and we were impressed with its portability and overall performance. However, the viewing angles disappointed. Also, the European Galaxy Tab has voice call functionality, a feature disabled on the US Galaxy Tab.

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