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Samsung Galaxy Tab: iPad Rival or Handheld Computer?

Nov 15, 2010, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]

"Yesterday, I decided to break down and purchase a Galaxy Tab, hoping it would finally fulfill the promises of being a general-purpose Android tablet that could fill the role that my iPad is currently performing today — a device which I could use to browse the Web, do some productivity tasks, use tablet-style applications, and also use as an e-Reader.

"As I am a current Verizon customer and I am happy with the carrier's overall 3G data coverage on my Motorola Droid, I decided to purchase the unit at my local Verizon Wireless store, in Paramus, New Jersey. It should be noted that unlike T-Mobile, which also just launched the device on their network, and can be purchased off-contract, that the Verizon model isn't currently being sold without an additonal data plan.

"You can buy a month-to-month, contract-free $20 1GB data plan, but there's a $35 activation fee (unless you're a corporate customer with special terms) for each time you re-activate service, should you decide to terminate the data plan and then turn it back on later. For those of you who don't want this device with 3G, a Wi-Fi only model is destined to hit the US shores shortly, and will be about $100 cheaper, so you should wait."

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