Let’s be clear, I’m not against competition in the tablet space — quite the opposite. However, as we’ve watched the approach of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it’s been abundantly clear there was any way it could be successful and now we have proof.
I’ve said repeatedly that Samsung should delay the Galaxy Tab until next year when Google says its tablet operating system will ready.
Now, Gizmodo (Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: A Pocketable Train Wreck) has reviewed the device and our worst fears about the Samsung Galaxy Tab have been borne out.
Typically, the point of a compromise is to bring together the best of both sides. The Tab is like a compromise’s evil twin, merging the worst of a tablet and the worst of a phone. It has all of the input problems of a tablet, with almost none of the consumption benefits. With more apps geared to its tweener size, it could be a lot better, but it’s not clear they’re coming anytime soon, if ever. The Tab is an awkward first attempt at this kind of tablet — wait for somebody else to do it better.
Thereupon, the iPad is a superb, world changing device. However, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will do nothing to make the iPad or tablets in general better because it fails abysmal to deliver even a modicum of what has been promised.
In fact, I think the Galaxy Tab has hurt the tablet platform. Probably good for Apple in the short term, but not so much for the rest of us…
What’s your take?