Apple’s iPad got a new competitor in Samsung Galaxy, which was unveiled at Berlin’s IFA consumer electronics fair on Thursday.And looking at the specifications of the device, many feel its a worthy one.It has a 7-inch Super AMOLED display with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI, a 1 GHZ Cortex A8 processor, 16Gb/32Gb of internal memory expandable up to 32Gb through an SD memory card slot, and a multitasking latest Android 2.2 OS.The device also features a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing which makes it suitable for video chat.
In a Nutshell, the tablet has most if not all of those features that many wanted to see in the Apple iPad.It supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G cell phone networks. It allows the users to access the web and email just as on a regular PC. Unlike Apple’s iPad, the device supports HTML5 and Adobe’s Flash player.
The tablet also comes with Swype, a third-party application already found on Samsung’s Galaxy 5 series phone and available for some other Android-based handsets, which allows users to type on virtual keyboards by simply swiping fingers around from one letter to the next, lifting only between words.
Market and competition
All the above listed features surely makes Galaxy a formidable challenger to iPad. In fact, some of the features which Galaxy offers might even set the bar for next Generation iPad. The Tablet PC market is hot at the moment. Some big tech companies have launched their device and many are planning to launch theirs in the near future. Their aim is to take the Mobile computing to its next level and Apple is leading the way. The good thing about Apple is that whenever it launches a product; it either shakes up the segment or creates a new one. Apple IPhones have started to gain acceptance amongst the Business houses and IPad seem to be riding on their success. Apple sold more than three million iPads in the first 80 days following its launch, and Apple reported in July that half of the Fortune 100 companies are testing or deploying the iPad. So, in one way, Apple IPad is creating a market for the next generation tablets and its competitors can capitalize on that.
Launch in India?
When can we expect Samsung Galaxy in India? The answer is as usual “it’s not clear yet”. One reason could be that India poses a number of challenges for these device makers. But, India is too important as a market to be ignored for long. With 3G services set to be launched soon, we can expect a flurry of these devices hitting the Indian market. How many of them will gain acceptance in our price sensitive market is something which remains to be seen.