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Samsung Chief Calls Galaxy Tab 10.1 ‘Inadequate’

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Samsung's mobile VP Lee Don-Joo has taken a look at the iPad 2 and decided that his own Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't up to scratch. Speaking to the Korean Yonhap news agency, he said that "We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate."

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Further, Samsung was planning on selling the ten-inch Tab for more than the seven-incher, but that too has changed. "[W]e will have to think that over," said Lee.

When I tried out the Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, I found it to be a "a plastic toy with a gorgeous screen." All of its "superior" specs turned out to be squeezed in simply so they could be marked off on a feature checklist. The camera is terrible, the Android Honeycomb OS feels like an old timey desktop OS, and the plastic body may make it light, but it also makes it feel cheap. Obviously Samsung was building down to a price.

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Now that the iPad 2 has slimmed down and added cameras and a faster, dual-core processor, even those hardware differences have evaporated. This will be worrying not just for Samsung, but for Motorola and all the other tablet-makers trying to make a dent in Apple's market. Expect a lot of pre-announced tablets to mysteriously disappear.

Lee's words are telling. These companies are doing all they can to compete with the iPad, but - as Steve Jobs said at the launch event on Wednesday - they're making PCs. And nobody is buying them, because iPad buyers don't care about megapixels and CPU clock-speeds.

A final remark from Lee sums up the bewilderment these companies must be feeling. "Apple made it very thin" he said.

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[Yonhap News Agency via Physorg]

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I don't have much respect for Charlie Sorrels, but putting that aside I have an anectdotal story to tell.

I'm considered the resident geek where I work (non-tech workplace). Everyone comes to me for advice. The average commenter here probably knows a lot more about tech than I do. However limited my knowledge is here, in my workplace, I'm considered the go to guy for tech. I work in banking. Anyway, over the past year or so, I've seen a transformation in personal computing where I work. Two years ago, no one had a Mac or Apple product where I work, except me. Today, everyone has either an iMac or Macbook Pro along with an iPhone. The iPhone transformed all of these people into Apple buyers. Its really quite astonishing. Today, I was asked which MacBook Pro I would recommend. This came from a teller! A teller people! That is the lowest paid person in a bank. They make like $1200/month. I was flabbergasted.

There is a change happening in computing. I know, in my small office, with non tech people that there has been at least $50,000 in Apple kit purchased over the last 12-18 months. Microsoft needs to be worried as I see it. They are the biggest potential losers if the current trend continues. Sure, they'll still be strong in enterprise, as long as Apple ignores enterprise. But, if they choose to go after the enterprise, look out!

I love all gadgets and operating systems. Each has value. But there is a change going on. It feels like 1985 all over again for me.