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Price Of Galaxy Tab Cut to £349 As iPad 2 Launches

Bestbuy has cut the Samsung Galaxy Tab to a mere £349 although that is the Wi-Fi only version but it comes with 32GB version, which would be perfect for those who want to use it as a complement to their smartphones rather than a replacement.

We're not sure why Samsung waited so long to release that version but it might be too little too late as Best Buy is the only major retailer stocking this model.

The tablet (opens in new tab) is exactly the same as its other 3G counterpart. Same 7-inch 1024x600 pixels capacitive screen, a Samsung Hummingbird 1GHz system on chip, based on the ARM Cortex A8.

There's also 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage with a 16GB microSD card bumping the total capacity to 32GB. There's a 3-megapixel rear camera with a 1.3-megapixel one, Wi-Fi, a SIM card slot (ed : what would you do with that?).

Combine that with Android OS 2.2, onboard GPS and the ability to be used as a hotspot and you do have a pretty convincing device that could be a powerful alternative to the iPad.

Except that the iPad 2 looks like a better model. It does costs around £50 extra but you have a much better processor, a 10 hours battery life (rather than 7 hours) and graphics subsystem, a much bigger screen with a slightly higher resolution while being way thinner and only a tad more heavier.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.