Samsung was caught off-guard by the iPad 2 and may have to rethink its strategy for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the company’s executive VP of mobile Lee Don-joo said on Friday. The Korean company had planned to charge a premium over the original Galaxy Tab, which already cost nearly as much as a larger, first-generation 3G iPad, but wasn’t certain it could do so now that the iPad 2 was roughly matching it in features for the same $499 price. Lee didn’t tell Yonhap what pricing was to have been, but a 16GB, 3G Galaxy Tab costs $600 in the US.
“The 10-inch [tablet] was to be priced higher than the 7-inch [tablet] but we will have to think that over,” he said.
I bet they do. I never understood the Galaxy Tab, esp. in a world obsessed with tech specs. After all, why would I pay more for a smaller tablet? Now Samsung in in the weird place of charging much more for the same sized tablet minus the Apple experience to justify it.