I stumbled across two interesting Android tablet-related stories today. First, Best Buy is now offering the Dell Streak 5 inch Android tablet for $99.99 when you sign up for a 2-year data plan with AT&T. That’s down from the $299.99 that Best Buy had been charging.

In other news, there’s a new version of the Galaxy Tab called the Luxury Edition, which carries a price tag to match its elitist name. While a typical version of this 7 inch tablet sells for $650 or less, the Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition will be available at the Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam from December 15th through January 31st for €749, or nearly $1000 US.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition will have the same specs as the standard version, including a 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touch display, a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. But this premium model comes with a leather case and Bluetooth headset. Hardly worth the extra price if you ask me, but I guess that’s part of the definition of luxury.

The Dell Streak, on the other hand, has a 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. That $100 price tag only applies when you sign your soul away for a 2 year service contract. If you want to buy the little tablet (or big phone) outright, you’ll have to spend closer to $500.

via Streak Smart, Samsung Hub and All About Phones

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6 replies on “Android tablets getting cheaper… and pricier”

  1. I suspect that these devices are priced as they are to make the carrier contract deals look appealing…

  2. I am sorry that I am an idiot. I promise not to write idiotic things anymore.

  3. Price isn’t the issue. They’re still junk, and they’re not tablets. Fools buy these devices. You might as well buy the cheap junk from China, if you’ve tricked yourself into believing that there’s a meaningful difference between the two, then you’re focused on things that just don’t matter. If you’re smart, save your money instead of buying this junk. If you’re dumb, at least be smart enough to buy the cheapest junk. Paying for expensive junk is very dumb, and believing that brands add value is a great way of bragging about your low IQ.

  4. At least the branded ones above are worthwhile. But only fools buy the china products and pay a bomb for it.

    Go to Alibaba and you can see a good 10 inch Android 2,1 tablet only cost US$130 and yet some fools will pay hundreds for it.

    1. A 10-inch Android 2.1 tablet with a resistive touchscreen, that is. The iPad and nearly all Android phones have capacitive touchscreens — they’re touch sensitive, not pressure sensitive like the cheap resistive ones. If you want a 10″ Android 2.1 or higher tablet with a capacitive screen, even on Alibaba you’ll be paying closer to 300 bucks… and some of the ones advertised as “capacitive android 2.2 tablet” actually have resistive screens and Android 2.1.

      As always, buying consumer electronics through alibaba is a gamble at best.

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