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iPad Rival Alert : 3G Samsung Galaxy Tab Available From £250

The 3G version of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, which was launched back in 2010, is being cleared out by Carphone Warehouse.

The tablet, which has roughly the same specifications as the Apple iPad (bar the screen size) and can make phone calls, now costs £249.99 SIM Free.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S, its smaller brother, it has a single core Cortex A8 Hummingbird chip clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage (with a free 16GB microSD card), a 7-inch capacitive Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 1024x600 pixel resolution, Wi-Fi, 3G functionality, a three megapixel rear camera and a front-facing one, DLNA compatibility, Bluetooth, and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo.

At 380g and measuring 12mm thick, it is still a very capable device although it would look awkward when used as a smartphone without a headset.

The Galaxy Tab remains one of the main iPad rivals and one which gave Samsung an early lead in the Android tablet market.

2012 however, will see the emergence of a number of 7-inch tablets with capacitive screens and either Ice Cream Sandwich or Honeycomb which will approach the £100 mark, sans 3G.