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Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.

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Jobs: 7-inch Tablets DOA; Android is fragmented, not open

Jobs: 7-inch Tablets DOA; Android is fragmented, not open

Apple's solid financial performance for the past quarter got them headlines enough, but it's CEO Steve Jobs' no-holds-barred attack on rival "open" platforms and tablets trying to colonise the middle-ground between iPhone and iPad that will likely stick in most memories.  Making an unusual appearance on the financial results call, Jobs dismissed 7-inch slates - like Samsung's Galaxy Tab and including the ongoing rumors of a smaller iPad version - as "tweeners" falling in-between smartphone and iPad and likely to be dead on arrival, while also saving a few obituary words for RIM.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab £199 subsidized or £599 unlocked tips distributor

Samsung Galaxy Tab £199 subsidized or £599 unlocked tips distributor

Samsung is still keeping quiet on exactly what the RRP for their Galaxy Tab slate will be when it launches in the UK on November 1st, but trade distributor Micro P seem determined to tip their hand early.  Mobile Division General Manager John Doughty told T3 that the 7-inch Android tablet would have an RRP of £599 when sold unlocked and SIM-free, or a recommended £199 subsidized price.

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