With its $199.99 price tag, ideal launch timing and customized user interface, the Amazon Kindle Fire was a smash-hit. That success seems to have spurred Samsung’s own bit into the low-cost Android tablet arena with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Albeit, the device looks anything but low-cost, fashions a much better specs list and a sleek, real attractive presentation.
New Samsung Tablet Touted as Best-Buy
The fact that this it is one of the few devices on the market to offer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with a mere $249.99 for the Wi-Fi-only model, the device is definitely in the “show-stopper” category. From a hardware perspective, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, with a 7-inch TFT display and 1024 x 600 pixels of resolution, looks a lot like any other recent Samsung tablet. Dimension-wise, it measures up at 7.6in x 4.8in x .41in, which makes it a bit thinner than Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Further, a real treat comes in the form of the dual speakers that flank the 30-pin Samsung connector, found on the bottom of the tablet. Finally, a GB of RAM, 1GHz dual-core processor, and 8 GB of built-in storage make the device ideal for consumers with limited purchasing power.
Market Impact and Tablet Wars
It’s not secret that Samsung takes this official jab at Amazon, but the essential question is, since both companies are now competing in that specific niche, how rapidly can Samsung claw share away from a company that has made significant inroads since last quarter of 2011? For now, generally, tech analysts and mobile zealots are still pegging cash on the Kindle Fire, for it has achieved in the low-cost tablet segment what it was designed for. At the same time, Samsung’s brand-equity is one good reason for it to emerge as a winner over the next few months, something that results over the next two quarters will percolate visibly. Till then, fingers crossed!