Today was a big day for Verizon at CES. We got to look into the future and see what to expect from their smartphone lineup between the end of this month and mid-summer. We also got a tiny glimpse at their tablet lineup. One piece of equipment that can be added to their LTE tablet tally is an updated version of the Galaxy Tab. Although it will be a welcomed update in specs for those looking to buy, I sense a large uproar of dissatisfied (current) Galaxy Tab owners coming from this.
Samsung is already up to their neck in upset Galaxy S users; the last thing they need is to upset Galaxy Tab owners, too. The Verizon Galaxy Tab was launched on November 11, 2010 and here we are just two months later talking about an updated version being announced. The revisions aren't exactly revolutionary, but at least they will help the Galaxy Tab compete among the other, very impressive tablets. The LTE-equipped version of the Galaxy Tab will sport a 5 megapixel camera over the current 3.2 megapixel camera, and it will have a 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor compared to 1 GHz. Like I said, the changes aren't major, but that isn't going to matter to someone who just payed $600 for their Tab.
There isn't a launch date on the the revised version, but I'm almost certain it will launch around the middle of the year with most of the other devices. If that turns out to be the case, then there will be many upset people. Typically with phones, there is at least one year between the first iteration of a device and its successor. Even if this updated Tab launches in the summer – still 6 months away – the first Tab will only be 8 months old. Yes, it's the price you pay for being an early adopter, but this is mostly Samsung's fault for not building their tablet with future in mind, and rushing to get a tablet on the shelves.
Samsung got a head start in the tablet world and released the first high-end Android tablet, but it wasn't exactly the most impressive piece of technology to hit the market. Albeit a good device, it shipped with Froyo (a version of Android not optimized for tablets), a decent processor, and an underwhelming set of cameras (1.3MP front-facing and 3.2MP rear). Here we are two months later with tablets carrying dual-core processors and 720p video capture are being announced.
Who knows, these upgrades may not bother many current owners. The tablet will still perform much the same and has all the same functionality as the updated one. If a Galaxy Tab owner was worried about 4G connectivity, then they probably wouldn't have bought the original Galaxy Tab to begin with. Something that will definitely bother the owners though, is not getting their software updates in a timely manner. Most of the announced tablets will ship with Honeycomb around the same time the revised Tab will likely hit shelves. If the newer Tab ships with Froyo and no foresight of 3.0, I'm positive that buyers will be irate. That is, if they even care for the Tab anymore.
We've seen how slow Samsung has been with updating the Galaxy S devices in the US to Froyo. Who's to say they're going to update the Tab any faster? The word a while back was that the Galaxy Tab would get both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. I think most would agree that the Tab doesn't need to get Gingerbread anymore. That would just push the Honeycomb update – the update that really matters – further back.
Would you buy the updated Galaxy Tab over any of the other tablets we've seen so far? If you're a Verizon Galaxy Tab owner, how do you feel knowing that an updated version is already being announced? Do LTE capabilities in your Tab matter to you?