Samsung Tab: Great idea, but poor execution


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  1. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    The wifi version of this should have been release first with no carrier obligations (a main reason the iPad is selling so well). Most people will not be duped into buying this and adding another two year, $30 data contract. Instead, people with common sense will either wait for the wifi version, or buy a phone with 4.3" display that needs only one contract and data fee.

    Looks like Samsung are taking a great option that could have put a big dent in iPad market share and gimped it with a ball and chain known as a contract and data fee. Sure, Samsung will load a bunch of these into channels as sell-IN to carriers, but they will be hard as heck to sell-THROUGH to consumers.

    This is not exactly the best economic point in time to expect a business model like this to catch fire with consumers. The Tab will be priced high to avoid consumers buying them at retail- and not paying the two year contracts.

    Most folks will wait for the wifi version. Also, the carrier versions are gimped out of the gate with 2gb internal. The wifi versions are suppoesed to be sold with 16gb or 32 gb internal options and same price or less, due to no GSM or CDMA radio systems. Yes, carriers may pack a 16gb card, but the wifi versions will still have the microsd slot for additional space.

    Each month the wifi version fails to be released equals missed opportunity by Samsung.

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    Surely VZW and the other carriers are not foolish enough to think consumers will fall for this trojan horse of a business model. Example is the netbook fad. When they were hot, carriers tried the same thing and a major fail, in contrast to the huge sales of non carrier based netbooks. Crazy.
     

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  2. alex182

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    Add in the fact that both phone calls and bluetooth have been pulled for the US market and you've got a bucket of lose.

    Do you have a source to this new info about the bluetooth and 2GB data by chance?
     
  3. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    It whatever site also took pictures of the carrier specific features section of the presentation, which all appeared to the same. The two I actually linked to carriers were Tmo and VZW. They were orange looking publication sheets in the launch article. All on the same link and you can scroll down the page to see them all. Kind of messy.
     

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