A year ago, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 7.0, and it was the first “real” Android tablet that was supposed to compete with the iPad. The only problem was that it had the phone version of Android, and that didn’t fit particularly well on a 7″ display. Now, Samsung is planning to launch Galaxy Tab 7.0 with Honeycomb, but with little hardware improvements. So I have to ask, what is the point of this tablet?

Besides the dual core 1.2 Ghz Exynos processor which brings the ability to play 1080p video, and 1 GB of RAM, there isn’t much changed from the first Galaxy Tab 7.0. Even the thickness hasn’t improved much. So unless this one comes at a very affordable price like $250-$300, I don’t know why anyone would buy it over the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which should also be $400 max, and might come just a few short months later.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is much thinner, much lighter (~335 grams, or almost 100 grams lighter than Kindle Fire at 7″), has a Super AMOLED Plus display, and a resolution of 1280×800, while the Galaxy Tab 7.0 still has the same old 1024×600 resolution.

Samsung and other Android manufacturers seem to want to squeeze every extra little dollar they can by launching an old product with a few improvements in the market a year later. The reason I don’t want them to do that, is because they will end up harming themselves in the long term. They are adding unnecessary complexity to their product lines, which means that instead of asking for a high amount of the same component from a supplier, by making one of their products very popular, they have to ask for many different components in lower amounts, and without getting a discount. When you’re selling millions of the same device, you can much more easily negotiate with suppliers over the component prices.

Early on, people said that Android will commoditize manufacturers. Well it’s not Android that really commoditizes them – it’s themselves. They are commoditizing themselves by launching a new slightly different product every month, instead of putting their full support behind very few products throughout the year, with a clear differentiation between them and the markets they are supposed to serve.

If they want their products to be memorable, they really need to streamline their product lines. How can people remember which tablet is which, if they release 5-10 different tablets every year? They need to stop chasing around every little market segment that prefers a slight improvement to a feature a little more than the other. Otherwise, we’ll get to the point where buying  a tablet or a smartphone will become just as confusing as buying a laptop for the general consumer.

Choice is good, but only when it’s real choice. When you have to choose between many small variations of the same product, it just becomes confusing and it’s in the territory of choice overkill.

[Via – GigaOm]

  • Anonymous

    I see where you are coming from with your opinion here but I feel like you are missing the point with this new galaxy tab. I don’t understand how you think with more products with slightly differing specs will make pumping out updates and fixes a longer process. This has the same SOC as the 7.7, and their GS2 line of phones. Granted these are all slightly different but they are the same SOC with the same GPU so that in and of itself should simplify the process, not taking into consideration carrier wireless bands etc, but even so, the SOC should be the most difficult to work around and with. Change the resolution variable and boom goes the dynamite!
    Rumors have had it that the Exynos doesn’t quite run as buttery at the 720p resolution either, so maybe with a smaller resolution you may actually get better real world performance out of this tablet.
    The more choices we have as consumers the better. Many people don’t want to pay 400-500 for a tablet even if it has a nicer screen and a more svelte form factor, and the touchpad firesale is evidence of that. The 7 plus has comparable specs to the Kindle Fire except with a more powerful SOC, so if this thing hits at 250-350 i think it will be a winner. Any more than that and this tablet will be DOA! Superior form factor and it already has “normal” android on it so you wont even have to wait for CM7 to come around in regards to the kindle. I love superamoled+ and the absolute blacks, but I would rather save some money where and when I can. This is why people will buy this tablet, IF the price is competitive! Anyhoot, just my 2 cents which is probably worth less than that…

  • Jon Garrett

    I think the 7.0 Plus will be a more affordable option while the 7.7 will be the “high end” version.
    I already have a Tab 10.1 but Im definitely getting the 7.7 when its available.

  • Domagalap

    Well, $275 is much less than $400,

  • Anonymous

    I’ll wait for the 7.7″ with the Super AMOLED goodness.

  • Mada

    7.7 is not coming out in the USA.