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O2 Announces Galaxy Tab

UK mobile operator O2 has announced that it will have the Samsung Galaxy Tab in its shops on 1 November.

The Galaxy Tab, Samsung's first tablet, runs Google's Android 2.2 'Froyo' operating system and is widely being seen as a potential Ipad killer.

Unlike the Ipad it will allow users to visit websites that have Adobe Flash content and download what ever they like without needing to pass through Apple's app censorship committee of born again Christians, retired colonels, Daily Mail readers and nuns.

It will ship with unlimited access to thousands of BT Openzone and The Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots built into all of O2's mobile broadband tariffs, where customers will be able to use the Tab's 7-inch touchscreen to surf and browse the web and watch videos to their heart's content.

O2 says it will have an integrated Google, Facebook and Outlook calendar and services like Google Maps including navigation.

Steve Alder, general manager of devices at O2 said the the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available online at and in selected stores from Monday, 1 November.

However, the pricing of the tablet is causing a media stir. Verizon Wireless has defended its price tag for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which goes on sale Nov. 11, noting that no service contract is required and that the device comes with embedded 3G cellular service along with Wi-Fi.

For the Galaxy Tab to work as a product it has to be much less expensive than Apple's Ipad, which is the established market leader.

Samsung has allowed suppliers to charge what they like which has resulted in Verizon in the US charging only $30 less than the Ipad for the Galaxy Tab. Most analysts think that is far too expensive, however good the tablet might be.

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