Today, Samsung (finally) announced the price of their iPad competitor, the Galaxy Tab. It will cost you $600 and arrive without a contract on Verizon’s 3G network. Verizon data plans are optional and run $20 per month for 1GB...the tablet will be available to buy on November 11th.
This price is $30 less than the lowest priced 3G iPad, unless the prices drop at todays "Back to the Mac" event. Definitely a possibility, but not likely yet.
The Galaxy Tab screen is just half the size of your iPad, 16:9 7" screen size. Instead you do get a couple of cameras (3MP back and 1.3MP front) as well as the latest Android OS 2.2 Froyo running on Cortex A8 a 1GHz CPU.
Samsung has sold five million of its Galaxy S phones in just three months, and some people will definitely appreciate the more pocket-sized competitor,...no matter what Steve Jobs says. Just announced last week, the iPad can now be purchased on Verizon for around the same price, but you'll have to haul around the MiFi hotspot to get Verizon 3G.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab is the first really viable alternative to the iPad, and it will show us if the non-fanbois are willing to buy tablets in general like they do cellphones. Maybe the tablet wars will begin this Christmas...from a production output standpoint, I think Apple and it's iPad has the leverage!