UPDATED 11:21 EST / JULY 26 2011

Verizon, Samsung Push 4G with Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch

So, what do consumers take into consideration when they want to buy a tablet?  They consider low price first followed by high resolution display then better input features.  Most users are looking to buying an iPad but are willing to change brands if the Android tablet is less than $250.  Samsung pays no mind, as it seeks to launch a true iPad rival, even coming close to Apple pricing with the new 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Samsung announced that starting July 28, their Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE), will be available on Verizon at $529.99 for the 16GB, $629.99 for the 32GB version and $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only tablet.  The tablets with 4G LTE capabilities will have a two-year lock-in period with Verizon, and data plans are available in three options, $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB per month.

The tablet is still cheaper than the iPad but unfortunately, due to its slim design, it lacks the ports that other Android tablets have to offer. With just a proprietary connector and a headphone jack, that Tab needs extra dongles to play along with other devices.

Verizon also announced 4G LTE’s expansion to Nyack, West Nyack, Orangeburg, Pearl River and Spring Valley on August 18.

“We currently offer the nation’s most advanced 4G LTE network to over 80% of our customers in the New York Metro region,” said Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless, New York Metro Region. “The expansion is covering key industrial and residential areas in Southern Rockland County and we’re very excited to bring our 4G LTE faster speeds and a brand new line of devices to even more customers.”

Another piece of Verizon news is their partnership with RadioShack, as the electronics retailer drops T-Mobile USA with the latter soon to be acquired by AT&T.

“This is a substantial win for our customers, as this relationship with the nation’s largest wireless provider will further enhance our position as a leading multi-carrier wireless retailer,” RadioShack Chief Executive Jim Gooch said in a statement.

It seems like Verizon is not only performing well with their mobile services but also in their high network quality.  As Verizon continues to compete against AT&T, the 4G LTE network takes high priority, and offering the first Android tablet to support this speedy network is a win for Google as well.  Samsung in particular should be happy with the progress made around Android tablets, as it’s placed at the center of the non-iPad tablet revolution.


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