Last holiday season, the tablet market was a two-horse race between the iPad and the first Samsung Galaxy Tab. It wasn’t much of a race, as the iPad cemented its status as Apple’s latest iconic product, and the overpriced Tab collected dust. After releasing two larger Galaxy Tabs during the last year, Samsung is now returning to its roots with a souped-up version of the seven incher. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which is now listed as shipping from Amazon, may have an even harder time selling than its predecessor did.We like to write about things like tablet market share, but really it isn’t a winner-take-all race. A company may know full well that a product won’t get any sizable market share. But as long as they can find some way to profit off of it, they’re content. For Samsung’s sake, I hope that’s the case with the 7.0 Plus, because it doesn’t have much of a chance this holiday season.How could it? It’s an upgraded version of the same tablet that couldn’t get any traction last year, when it was the only real Android tablet available. Sure, the Nook Color was there, but it was much less of a tablet then than it is now, with extremely limited third-party app support. Other options, like the Archos 101 and Viewsonic G-Tab, weren’t significant enough to be on most customers’ radars.Stiff competitionThis year, in addition to the dominant iPad 2, the 7″ Tab will be going up against a host of other Android tablets that have also spent the year sitting on store shelves. But the biggest reason it’s probably doomed from the start can be described with two words: ‘Kindle’ and ‘Fire.’ Amazon’s content-subsidized tablet is selling for half the price of the 7.0 Plus. It has already racked up over a quarter of a million pre-orders (and counting). Those not sold on the Fire will be able to buy the Nook Color’s sequel, the Nook Tablet, for $250.It’s true that neither of those tablets has the Android Market installed, so that is one thing that Samsung can hang their hat on. But the Amazon AppStore is on the Kindle Fire, and–aside from missing Google apps, Dropbox, Netflix, and Hulu Plus–it has most of the quality Market apps. Amazon also has its own alternatives to these apps.If the Android Market is really that big of a priority for you, you will probably soon be able to root the Fire and install a custom Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich ROM on it–as well as the Market. There’s no need to pay $200 more just to get a more traditional Android experience.About the only other perk that the new Tab has over the Kindle Fire is that it has cameras. As tablet cameras are usually mediocre (at best) anyway, this won’t likely sway too many customers.So what we have with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a device tailored for someone who: insists on a seven inch size, must have Google apps, demands cameras, refuses to hack, and wants to pay $200 extra. That should rack up at least a couple of thousand sales for Samsung.
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