Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 And Galaxy Player 4.2 Shipping This Weekend

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Samsung's 17" Series 7 Chronos isn't the only product in the company's stable shipping this week. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (what a mouthful!) and the Galaxy Player 4.2 will be available for purchase nationwide (that's the USA) this weekend. Starting on May 13th, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be available for $399.99 and the media player for $199.99; both of which will ship alongside the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Player 3.6, smaller versions of the same products. Retailers carrying the devices include Amazon, Best Buy, hhgregg, Tiger Direct, WalMart, Office Depot and others.

The Tab 2 10.1 isn't apt to make the same impact as the original, but it's still probably seen as one of the better Android slates on the market. Android 4.0 is included, as is a dual-core CPU, a microSD card slot and access to the Android Market. As for the Player 4.2? Looks a lot like the Galaxy S II, but with no phone capabilities outside of VoIP options (Skype, etc.).

Here's the real question: do either of these stand a chance at making a dent in the markets of the iPad and iPod touch?
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rapid1 replied on Sat, May 12 2012 2:50 PM

I think I like the Galaxy note the best as it is a combination of a Tablet, a phone, and seemingly a graphics tablet as well.

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Tom H replied on Sat, May 12 2012 8:52 PM

I just bought the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from Costco ($239. with pouch) and I like it. I have a (2nd gen 8g) iPod touch but I don't think I would buy another. It's great for podcast and audible books but the screen is too small for anything else.

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ellisj replied on Sun, May 13 2012 12:08 AM

Compared with Apple, Samsung has equally good and more affordable products. However, Samsung has had difficulty competing with Apple. For one thing, the Galaxy Tabs and Players usually come with tiny Getting Started booklets rather than decent user manuals. Although the user manual files are available in Samsung's web site, the odd page size does not print well on common paper sizes without special fitting. For serious or frustrated owners, hard copies of User Manuals (neatly fitted and bound into convenient books) are available on e-bay for many Galaxy Tablets and Players. LOL, you can even pre-order the Tab 2 10.1 User Manual just like you pre-order the tablets.

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omegadraco replied on Sun, May 13 2012 11:35 AM

Nice stuff but those rounded corners might get them in some more hot water... lol. I sense a disturbance in the force and Apple might just have to stuff it with these tabs coming out.

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ajm531 replied on Mon, May 14 2012 1:22 AM

Im a android user and i love android and would personally not switch to an iphone or ipad this point and time but  i have to answer no to both of your questions at the bottom. Samsung needs to stop with the galaxy players. Ive seen some reviews on them and its not good. Why spend 150-250 on a galaxy player that is sub par when you can buy a fully capable and better device/phone like the original galaxy s for less with better processor and cameras. Its just not good. Samsung needs to stop. Apple has the both these markets cornered. Although my opinion for tablets is much different. I said no because unfortunately there is not much to differentiate it from the original galaxy tab 10.1. The galaxy note 10.1 with a more powerful processor and the s-pen(stylus if you will) might have helped. Now the tablet space is an area i dont want samsung to stop but in all honesty at this point apple has both markets cornered in fact only the sub par (as far as specs go) kindle fire was the only android based tablet that really made a dent.Why? because of the price. The average consumer trust apple and are familiar with the ipad and the ipad 2 and the new ipad. Many consumers have no idea what xoom is, or an acer iconia tab is, or (sad to say) even the transformer series is(although asus and samsung did the best i believe in sales so ill give them that and i love the transformer series by the way). So unless the prices drop more or they innovate something to attract consumers apple will continue to dominate. Oh and maybe a little more marketing would help granted i dont have tv anymore but even on hulu ive seen way more commercials for the galaxy note phone and it sold quite well and have never or barely like  one commercial for the galaxy tabs.

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