In less than week, you can go out and buy what will essentially be the first major competitor to Apple’s (s AAPL) iconic and briskly selling iPad. The Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch tablet powered by Google’s (s goog) Android OS is likely to hit the stores in days and will be available from four major U.S. carriers. Folks from Sprint (s S) are selling their version of the device for $399 plus two different 3G data plans — $30 a month (2 GB/Month data) and $60 a month (5 GB/month data) — and they sent me one for review.
The device arrived in my hands yesterday evening, and while I didn’t have much time to review the hardware, we put together an un-boxing video. My very brief impression of the device so far: It’s fast, easy to use and actually feels a lot more responsive than your typical Android smartphone, thanks to the Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird application processor and 2GB of onboard memory. It’s quite handsome and definitely easier to hold than an iPad. At 13.5 ounces, it’s almost half the weight of the iPad. More importantly, it’s a good device to tap into Google’s services.
Hope you enjoy the video and come back for the review later this week.
Related content from GigaOM Pro (sub req’d):