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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. jlatnyc's Avatar
      jlatnyc -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      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 f,onts and having a big settings menu helps kids think they're hackers!
      It means that if you want a phone with hdmi out, or 8mp camera (I hope you get the picture) you can wait and purchase the one you want because the OS IS open. Whether or not the manufacturer place a custom skin on top is up to them why? Because it IS open source. As far as app developing depends on the SDKs being released. Android is also Linux based, is it perfect no, but NEITHER was iOS 1.1. As a tmobile user that used an iphone for 2 years and still have it for use and just got my wife a 3gs (her 2g is showing its age) I'm baffled when mac users bash android. Just showing that you're a true fanboy.

      It confirms SD card Slot+HDMI out, and TV tuner
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      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?
      Can you REALLY say "meh" to a 24 hour app refund policy? There are plenty of apps that I ended up regretting I bought. Even if those apps total 5-10 bucks, hey, that is lunch for many people flushed down the toilet. I suppose there are some people who figure "it's only five bucks" but I think there are plenty who do not. And no, we won;t carry around the device FOR pictures, but it's nice to have the option. Up until two months ago we had the same camera in our iPhones and still NOTHING in the iPad. When the next gen iPad launches with a camera, Apple will claim it revolutionary, and people (including yourself I bet) will eat it up as being a new feature. Sounds like you are just trying to justify yourself here. You used to be a respected poster here (at least in my eyes) but lately your posts have all pretty much been fanboy comments. What happened to the old Poseidon?

      Quote Originally Posted by jlatnyc View Post
      Have not visited this wonderful site for a couple months, expect better from you Poseidon.
      I agree with you man. I used to look forward to reading what this guy had to say. Nowadays I could easily just skip it if it wasn't for his damned orange text :P

      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      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!
      For the record, I am not an Android user. But you have missed the point of open source entirely. The idea here is to not be locked down the way Apple locks you down. Sure there is jailbreak, but at the end of the day we are worrying about backing things up, not updating until someone more knowledgeable says we are allowed to, and essentially tweaking our UI to our heart's content only to have to do it all over again with the next iOS update (and let's face it, most of us are a few LARGE updates behind simply because we can;t be bothered to do that). Using open source software is not about "feeling like a hacker" as you seem to think it is...
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by stfudvs View Post
      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
      Or you could say Apple doesn't necessary blow away the competition in specs but when it comes to having all those components work together then they really have set the benchmark. i.e. droid incredible is close to iphone 4. both have 1ghz processors, both have at least 512mb ram/512mb rom, similar screen sizes but incredible has horrendous battery life with a 1300mah battery and only mediocre pictures for a 8MP camera where as iphone 4 has a 1100mah battery(if i remember correctly) and has infinitely better battery life and takes great pictures with a seemingly lesser spec'd 5MP camera.

      just like with the ladies, its not necessarily the size but how you use it. apple, my friends, knows how to use it.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      It's a pretty cool android tablet but I will still hold out for the iPad2 and see what's coming.
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      Quote Originally Posted by eg6motion View Post
      HAHA.

      Troll, Troll, Troll your boat...
      Are you 12?
    1. Jay Marcase's Avatar
      Jay Marcase -
      Quote Originally Posted by stfudvs View Post
      apple may not always have the best specs but they do by far have the best os in ios
      You wish that was true too bad Android and WebOS take iOS to school. We had to wait 3 years to change a background on iOS...I wonder how long are we going to have to wait for Widgets and a Centralized Notification System.
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jlatnyc View Post
      It means that if you want a phone with hdmi out, or 8mp camera (I hope you get the picture) you can wait and purchase the one you want because the OS IS open. Whether or not the manufacturer place a custom skin on top is up to them why? Because it IS open source. As far as app developing depends on the SDKs being released. Android is also Linux based, is it perfect no, but NEITHER was iOS 1.1. As a tmobile user that used an iphone for 2 years and still have it for use and just got my wife a 3gs (her 2g is showing its age) I'm baffled when mac users bash android. Just showing that you're a true fanboy.

      It confirms SD card Slot+HDMI out, and TV tuner
      I think you're post is quite stupid. Having HDMI out or an 8MP camera has nothing to do with open source software.

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      For the record, I am not an Android user. But you have missed the point of open source entirely. The idea here is to not be locked down the way Apple locks you down. Sure there is jailbreak, but at the end of the day we are worrying about backing things up, not updating until someone more knowledgeable says we are allowed to, and essentially tweaking our UI to our heart's content only to have to do it all over again with the next iOS update (and let's face it, most of us are a few LARGE updates behind simply because we can;t be bothered to do that). Using open source software is not about "feeling like a hacker" as you seem to think it is...
      I think you're the one missing the point.

      99% of UI tweaks are ugly, useless, pointless, and stupid. 16 year old kids skipping school don't know sh1t about UI.

      You can jailbreak only when the jailbreakers decide you can jailbreak. They release it when it suits them, not when it suits you. So in essence, you are their b1tch, as well as Apple's b1tch.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jay Marcase View Post
      You wish that was true too bad Android and WebOS take iOS to school. We had to wait 3 years to change a background on iOS...I wonder how long are we going to have to wait for Widgets and a Centralized Notification System.
      Don't wait any longer. Sell your Iphone and buy an Android.

      Problem solved