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  • KT's Android Based iPad Rival Debuts


    It's been a busy week in the tablet marketplace. Then again, with such a scarcity of other tablets to discuss in this market of 1 over the last six months, any tablet news that doesn't involve the iPad is, in effect, big news.

    KT, South Korea’s largest fixed-line operator, and the country’s second-largest mobile carrier by revenue, unveiled Monday plans to offer its “Identity Tab” tablet PC in early September.
    That's right. Today, South Korea's KT announced it will be marketing a tablet of its very own. The “Identity Tab,” as its known, sports a 7-inch screen and, you guessed it, is powered by Android. The KT device also includes a one-gigahertz CPU, 8GB of memory and a 3-megapixel camera. Apps will be available from KT’s Olleh Market or, needless to say, Google’s Android Market.

    KT says that it is “definitely thinking of launching the iPad in Korea,” but for now, the “Identity Tab” is somehow a greater priority. Don't even try to figure that one out.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the “Identity Tab” will come with a $23 price tag for a two-year KT contract. It will cost you just over $400 without any contractual commitment. According to the WSJ, most consider the KT tablet to be rather "cheap" when compared to the minimum $600 price tag for an iPad or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in that part of the world.

    So, without question, KT will have some stellar competition in the region. As the Journal notes, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will be offered through SK Telecom, "KT’s main rival in the mobile market," in September. To add to the mix, LG’s tablet will likely also debut sometime during the fourth quarter.

    Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: KT's Android Based iPad Rival Debuts started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. Dominicsky's Avatar
      Dominicsky -
      Looks good, I love competition!
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Looks like fricken knockoff makers are completely out of original ideas.
    1. thetjshow's Avatar
      thetjshow -
      Korean iPad. lined with nuclear technology. with a REAL death grip!! and it's android. so long, apple iPad. though it was fun with u around.

    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetjshow View Post
      Korean iPad. and it's android. so long, apple iPad. though it was fun with u around.

      Sure. Like all the iPod knockoffs did anything.
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetjshow View Post
      Korean iPad. and it's android. so long, apple iPad. though it was fun with u around.

      HAHA.

      Troll, Troll, Troll your boat...
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      No App Store. No jailbreak. Only 8GB internal storage? Crappy 3MP rear camera? No thanks... where's my iPad?
    1. MarkF_AC700's Avatar
      MarkF_AC700 -
      Quote Originally Posted by consultant View Post
      Sure. Like all the iPod knockoffs did anything.
      like any knockoffs did anything
    1. thetjshow's Avatar
      thetjshow -
      well it's android mate. them other iPod knock offs were running some iFleaMarket softwares.

    1. gcastro723's Avatar
      gcastro723 -
      not the K-mart "iPad killer". it was running android and they couldnt even sell them!
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by gcastro723 View Post
      not the K-mart "iPad killer". it was running android and they couldnt even sell them!
      Actually they sold out of them and when they were expecting new shipments they were instead slapped with a cease and desist from Google because Android wasn't licensed for those devices.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I'm going to dub this an automatic fail until it turns into an iPad killer.
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      it will always be specs vs os

      apple may not always have the best specs but they do by far have the best os in ios

      and everyone knows the real tallent has set up shop in apples app store

      IMO of course
    1. Waleed786's Avatar
      Waleed786 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      No App Store. No jailbreak. Only 8GB internal storage? Crappy 3MP rear camera? No thanks... where's my iPad?
      Double the price, NO camera, NO 24 hour app market refund policy, NOT open source..yessirr..where is your ipad?
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      24 hour refund policy? meh. Are you REALLY going to carry around a tablet device for pictures when you have a BETTER camera on your iPhone? (no would be the answer). JAILBREAK?

      Read this article about Android and open-source
      What is Open-source and is Android really open-source?
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      People really don't understand the open source thing. It's not like 99% of Android users have any clue how to write code or develop their own apps, they pretty much do what everyone else does with their close-source phones.

      But being able to change fonts and having a big settings menu helps kids think they're hackers!
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      garbage,garbage,garbage,garbage,garbage.super garbage lol
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Damn I got amped up for a second just a second then crashed. Still holding out for better iPad.
    1. jlatnyc's Avatar
      jlatnyc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      No App Store. No jailbreak. Only 8GB internal storage? Crappy 3MP rear camera? No thanks... where's my iPad?
      Have not visited this wonderful site for a couple months, expect better from you Poseidon. I guarantee it has an SD slot, and it will be easy to root, and definitely won't be THE big player in the android tablet game. iOS users NEED to thank android for a lot of features in todays iOS4. C' mon lets have some sense and competition is always good.
    1. rampagebegins's Avatar
      rampagebegins -
      thats a nice ipad in that pic *sarcasm*
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That look just like an iPad