I was actually starting to believe that carriers were starting to “get” this whole Android tablet pricing thing. Everyone knows Android tablets don’t sell particularly well at high prices. This is even more true today thanks to the Kindle Fire. Still, Verizon has managed to conjure up the nerve to sell the Galaxy Tab 7.7 on March 1 for $499 on a two-year contract.
I don’t care if this thing does have 4G LTE capabilities. That price is way too high. The Galaxy Tab doesn’t even ship with Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s stuck with Android 3.2 Honeycomb for the time being. Even if Samsung does plan to upgrade the operating system, $500 is a lot to ask for a product that isn’t fully up to date.
You’ll also have to sign up for a data plan that is at least $30 a month for 2GB. Seriously, with tactics like this, it’s no wonder why Apple has gone this long unchallenged. I bet the PadFone looks a lot better now following this announcement.