As we draw toward the end of the year we are expecting each of the top four providers to announce official pricing and release dates. We’ve heard whispers of Sprint’s launch, but for the most part, we’re still waiting on everyone. Thanks to a leaked internal T-Mobile document, we might have an idea where the prices will fall. According to TmoNews, customers can look forward to roughly $400 with a two year contract, $650 without.
One of the documents show how the Tab stacks up against the iPad with a heavy skew towards the Samsung advantages. Say what you will about Apple, but the 10-inch screen and 250,000 app library are going to get more traction than whatever T-Mobile will advertise the Tab with. Apple isn’t going to sit by and watch Android come after their tablet – they are going to combat it with slick marketing and a presumed improved followup in the spring.
Personally, I would not be quick to jump into a long term relationship with a tablet just yet. This space is just getting started and it will evolve very quickly over the next six months. On one hand, the Samsung device is among the best on the market when compared to what seems like a trillion upstart competitors. On the other hand, we have not seen anything from Motorola or HTC yet. That’s when things will get interesting – big names fighting in tablets as they are today with Android phones. Still, if this is where tablets begin, imagine where they will be this time next year!