Verizon will begin selling the Samsung Stratosphere Galaxy 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone Oct. 13 for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year data contract. The Stratosphere is Samsung’s first 4G LTE handset with a QWERTY keyboard. It’s a business-geared phone, including several enterprise security and management features including Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Cisco VPN, Sybase Afaria mobile device management and encryption.
The Stratosphere also comes with modest 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, paired with a 1.3MP front camera to enable video chat.
5-megapixel rear-facing camera
The T-Mobile SpringBoard possesses a 7-inch HD multi-touch display. It also has a 1.2 GHz dual-core mobile processor, as well as a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and video recorder with 720p for HD video capture, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. Blockbuster on Demand, Netflix and T-Mobile TV come preloaded.
1. The iPad’s Sales Will Preclude It From Happening
If we consider the iPad 2′s sales figures, it’s hard to see how any device can ever be called an iPad Killer. After all, Apple is selling millions of tablets every quarter, while the company’s competitors try to muster that much in a year. Sure, a device could come along and cut into iPad sales, but does anyone really expect any current or future competing tablet model to topple the iPad 2 from the top spot?.
2. The iPad Isn’t Going Anywhere
Just for fun, let’s assume that a tablet comes along and really hurts iPad sales. Given where the product’s sales figures are now, who can really believe that any device will cut the iPad out of the market altogether? The iPad is simply too popular and too profitable for Apple to cut and run.
3. Multiple Devices Can Thrive in the Tablet Space
It’s an odd thing that people believe only one tablet will be able to thrive in the tablet space. Sure, the iPad 2 is the only device right now that is having much success, but as the market for tablets grows, there’s no reason to suggest that other devices won’t have some major sales growth. Whether it’s the PC or smartphone businesses, multiple devices can be successful. The tablet space isn’t any different.
4.Success Doesn’t Mean ‘Killing’ the iPad
Unfortunately, stakeholders have been coming along suggesting that the only way to be a success in the tablet space is to “kill” the iPad. That’s simply not true. Right now, a host of companies are vying for the second-place position in the tablet market. Whenever a company hits that position, they will likely be selling millions of tablets-at a profit, mind you-worldwide. Sure, it might not match the iPad 2′s sales, but who cares? Success in the tablet space has nothing to do with Apple’s tablet.
5.Competitors Have Come and Gone
Looking back at the tablet market, several tablets that were supposed to be “iPad Killers” have been vanquished. The Motorola Xoom, which launched earlier this year, was supposed to take down the iPad with Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” and its 10.1-inch display, but it never happened. The HP TouchPad with its 9.7-inch screen and webOS integration was believed to be the next big thing in the tablet space. Now, that device has been discontinued. In the tablet market, it appears being called an “iPad killer” is really nothing less than a death sentence. Continue reading →