The Samsung Galaxy Tab is considered by many to be the first real competitor to Apple’s iPad. Sure, plenty of other tablets are available for purchase — and have been since long before Apple introduced the iPad. But like Apple’s tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a thin and light slate from a top-tier electronics company with a mobile operating system designed for finger-input (and phone-like devices), 3G and WiFi capabilities, and a high quality capacitive touchscreen display.
Of course there are also some key differences. The Tab runs Android, which hasn’t wasn’t really designed for larger-than-phone devices, while the iPad runs a version of iOS that has been customized for its larger screen. The iPad has a 9.7 inch display, while the Galaxy Tab has a 7 inch screen. And the iPad only officially works with AT&T’s mobile network in the US, while the Galaxy Tab is available from five major wireless carriers.
So how is the Galaxy Tab doing about a month after it was launched? According to a report in the Korea Herald, Samsung has sold about 600,000 units worldwide.
That might not sound like a very big number, when Apple has sold about 7.5 million iPads since April. But it’s really not bad for the first month, and it certainly puts Samsung on track to sell more than a million units by year’s end.
I’ve got the T-Mobile USA version of the Galaxy Tab sitting on my desk and I’m hoping to put together a review soon.