Samsung is coming out with its own version of the iPad that features Google’s Android software as its base operating system. The Samsung Galaxy pad will be available in the United States over the next several months. The Samsung Galaxy Pad is expected to add more features to the its own version of iPad. The Samsung Galaxy Pad will be a giant cell phone that has pad computing capabilities.
One striking feature in the Galaxy Pad is that you will be able the make regular cellular phone calls in the device, essentially making the Galaxy Pad a 7 inch cell phone that also allows you to do a ton of other cool tasks.
Some other advantages the Samsung Galaxy Pad will have over the current version of Apple’s iPad are embedded within its Android operating system and web browser. Flash media should work on the Galaxy Pad. Visiting sites with embedded flash has been a sticking point for Apple iPad customers, since all they get is a blank screen whenever they encounter Flash.
Android is based on the Linux kernel and uses GNU software. It primary use is is smart phones. There are about 70,000 applications that are available for Android. It is unknown whether all of these will be able to be run on the Samsung Galaxy iPad, since there 7 inch screen will have a different resolution settings over smaller devices. Some developers may have to go back and make some of their application compatible with the larger screens that are available in the Samsung Galaxy Pad.
You will be able to use your choice of carriers for 3G service. Apple’s iPad only allows AT&T as its main carrier, and many customers have called for Apple to come to terms with Verizon, and make iPad 3G service available from Verizon. The Galaxy Pad by Samsung will allow you to use Version, or virtually any other carrier of choice.
Apple has gained a commanding lead in the iPad market. According to iSuppli, over 3 million iPads were sold in 80 days, and Apple holds a 62% share, despite a number of other competitors like Dell coming out with their own pad computing platforms over the past couple of months.
The best thing about Samsung’s Galaxy pad will be its price. It will only be in the $200 to $300 range when it starts selling in the United States. This is about half the price of Apple’s iPad. Samsung is also looking to market a several versions of the Galaxy Pad, including a larger 10 inch version, and a smaller 6 inch version.