Poll: Is The Lack of Voice On The Galaxy Tab A Deal Breaker For You?

So earlier this morning we did a quick, completely unscientific poll on our Twitter (are you following us? No, why not??) asking if you, the readers thought the lack of voice capability on the Galaxy Tab was a deal breaker? I won’t say the response was overwhelming one way or the other, but certainly more than half of you responded that it would affect your buying decision. So I pose the question to you, our dear readers with a super cool poll and everything is if the voice communication or lack of is a real deal breaker. Price and monthly data cost aside for the moment, is voice something you feel is necessary on this device?

Take the poll, let us know and have a great weekend!

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  • timmyjoe42

    I’ll just wait for the wifi only version which is coming soon.

  • GEORGE

    WHAT HAPPEN TO THE MEDIA HUB FOR THE SAMSUNG VIBRANT

  • GEORGE

    WHAT HAPPEN TO THE MEDIA HUB FOR THE SAMSUNG VIBRANT

    • J. Edgar Hoover

      I AM SO ANGRY I HAVE TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS AND DOUBLE POST. ARRRGGHH! Haha. Just joking.

    • jonathan

      Download the leaked update and it works… It’s firmware related and not time related as previously thought.

    • Kickstar13
    • Bdogg

      My Samsung rep says he has been trying out a Vibrant software update that will be coming out “soon.” It is NOT 2.2 but a software update for some fixes (including GPS!) and will also include active MEDIA HUB. Hopefully they’ll start rolling it out within the next few weeks, so he says.

  • J. Edgar Hoover

    As long as the video chat feature has voice then we’re golden.

    Holding this thing up to your ear to make phone calls reminds me of that British guy on You Tube who has the comically over-sized cell phone and screams into it when he receives a call.

    I see that when I imagine someone trying to use this as a cell phone.

    • RockTripod

      Seriously! I can’t believe anyone would ever, ever want to use something like this as a phone. Frankly, I’m just going to stick with my Vibrant that has the same resolution and specs, but is portable.

    • WTF samsung

      it’s not about literally trying to use this as a handheld phone; you’d look retarded

      BUT pair it with a bluetooth headset and it would be great besides if you’re on 3g [simultaneous data/voice]and you got a call from work or a client then you could take it and keep working and pull up an email to reference or something else

      • Kimberly

        Wow, I’m surprised I never thought of that! Now that would be awesome! I wonder if you could use an app to get free texting on it or something like google voice to get phone calls.

  • M.

    Android 2.2 = wireless tethering, so I need my Galaxy Tab wi-fi only!

  • zazou

    Actually the lack of HSPA+ was the deal breaker for me.

  • Miguel

    I’ll wait for the WiFi only version. If the data-only plan is relatively cheap like the iPad, then lack of voice should’t be an issue.

  • http://none rkwarner2

    I’ve been really looking forward to the Samsung Tab. I saw an article that said it was coming to ATT Verizon and Sprint, but not T-mobile, and I was really bummed. Then, when I read it was coming to T-mobile, I was super excited!! THEN, I heard about the no voice…. And at first it really didn’t change my thoughts at all. When I heard about the possibility of the non-Market, well, THAT is the deal breaker. But if it has no voice, and still has the Market, I’m still definitely interested. There’s alot of talk about 1 device for all, but maybe it’s just me, I wouldn’t mind having the Tab with no voice, and a Vibrant..

  • GEORGE

    where is the leaked version?

    • blablabla

      it’s on samfirmware.com or whatever the website is. Or you can just find it in the vibrant section on xda forums.

  • David Thomas

    As much as it pains me to say it, I think I’d rather get an iPad (which I’m considering) than this thing. While the USB and HDMI present a strong case for the Tab, overall the iPad is still the magical device.

    I’m by no means an Apple fanatic, but the iPad is the one device that I’m actually in love with. I still love Android on my phone, but until the tablet-optimized version is released, I highly doubt the experience on any device based on Android 2.2 or earlier will even come close to an iPad, regardless of what hardware it’s touting.

    • Bob

      Agreed. Even Google says the versions of Android currently available aren’t for tablets. Gingerbread, maybe, but this is too soon.

  • Joe

    If I wanted a tablet that couldn’t do voice – I’d get an iPad. Man – they need to set it apart from Apple and give it voice. I suppose that XDA will root it and give it voice. I guess it will just depend on the price and if you can add it to a family plan or not.

  • DROID.KING

    THANK YOU

  • BrSwa

    No, the $700 price tag is the deal breaker.

  • remixfa

    it would be nice to carry one device to school, instead of my vibrant and a tab. :)

    ok, quick logic for everyone.. its got the ability to do voice calls. why is that??? glad you asked.

    you can do video chat. that means theres an input mic and a speakerphone… Its got blutooth capability, which means u can talk and listen through that. 99% chance the ability is there just like in the euro version, just disabled. Our wonderful mod community will fix that within a month. Just like the cliq having a disabled FM radio chip in it. they got that to work too.

    • Chad

      You are I right. I read that the US version has the hardware for voice calling samsung just disabled the software all we need is a root and custom rom and the US should be good to go! c’mon mod community make the stars and stripes proud!

  • Rubinz

    A subsidized contract was the deal breaker for me. Not to mention that the unsubsidized, unlocked, contract free price will be greater than $600-$700. Not a chance in hell Samsung.

  • Chris

    Still need an answer if the sim card slot is a micro sim or a regular sim. I want it to be fit our current sim card so that we don’t have to pay for another data plan.

  • remixfa

    i doubt its a micro sim. but if it is, you can just cut down your current one or have them issue u another one. not a big deal.

  • Rob

    so you cant use bluetooth or google voice ?

  • strv21

    The Samsung Galaxy Tablet is going to require a Data plan. T-Mobile hasn’t release the cost of that data plan as of today. So, Tech you don’t need a voice plan for it. Set a a google voice account and you can have unlimited calling and texting nation wide for no extra charge. When you set up your google voice account you can even pick a phone number local to you area. It ends up being cheaper this route… so to all of you who are crying of not having voice capabilities STOP CRYING!!!

  • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

    My belief, since I don’t have a contract and pay full price for phones anyway and still buy 1-2 a year is that I’d be able to buy a tab full price and then just swap the sim with my vibrant. That way, say when I’m at work or lounging around home and I’d benefit from a tablet without having to grab the phone to make voice calls I could do that. When I’m out and about, just swap from tablet to phone. Even better I could sync between the devices and the computer using kies and with DNLA media streaming is great. Also the samsung hub would make both devices on the go media centers, so the tab’s larger screen would be great.

    I don’t know if I’d really want any device that required a second voice/data plan. I’ll be looking into root and the euro version.

  • Dell Can Still Suck it!

    WHY WOULD I WANT A DATA ONLY DEVICE? IF I WANTED AN IPAD I WOULD BUY AN IPAD. MAKE IT A GAMECHANGER USE VOICE AS WELL AND CONVERGE.

  • vinny

    No video conference calls, no go for me. That to me is a cheap way to make an otherwise great device. They absolutely blew it IMO. Cheap, cheap, cheap.

    • k-mack

      It will do video conference calls. This will be a solid device, can’t wait.

  • coolMANDINGO

    if this device has a mic you can just use your google voice and make phone calls(out going) or atleast receive vms,text. i dont have(g1 broke)a phone so hopefully with this device i can use my google voice account to make calls . most likely i wont get this device because i dont need it. this is another device we dont need . the economy sucks but people find money buy these new devices~smh

  • jp2dj1

    Am i missing something? what data cost, if its wifi only? :confused:

    • Kimberly

      its 3g under contract. No wifi only devices

  • dell can still suck it

    WAY TO BLOW IT LOWMO. I AM NOT GOING TO HOLD THAT THING TO MY HEAD TO MAKE CALLS. i WOULD LIKE TO WEAR A HEAD SET AND TALK WHILE I WORK ANYWHERE AND HAVE IT ALL IN THE PALM OF MY HAND. HOW ABOUT BLUETOOTH TO AN EARBUD AND TALK WHILE i READ A BOOK MULTITASK. tHIS A MONA LISA THAT SOME PUNK SPRAY PAINTED. ALLOW US TO CONVERGE ONE DEVICE ONE LIFE. i WILL BECOME A LIFER OR GET ME AN I PAD ON YOUR NETWORK THAT MAKES CALLS OR A SEVEN INCH APPLE IPHONE OR A DELL MINI 7 OR 5 OR SOMETHING BETTER THAN THE VIBRANT.

  • The Architect(of the Matrix)

    Not a dealbreaker for me personally, but this tablet had so much potential. Had it come fully equipped: voice, data, wifi only, android os, ffc, plus rear camera. People would have labeled it the (current)ipad killer.

    In a post ipad world, I really wonder who samsung is marketing this tab towards. Because the average consumer is going to look at it and think knock off ipad, the same way they look at the vibrant and think knock off iphone(no offense). But for many perception is reality.

    I wish samsung luck in their endeavour, also I commend them for offering an (current)ipad alternative. But with the ipad 2 looming, the galaxy s tab may go the way of the dinosaurs.

  • TangoPapa

    If I couldn’t use Google Voice on this thing or video chat than I’ll stick w/ my laptop! Having all those tools while tablet form is definitely more promising.

  • Yaniv C

    Never wanted voice on it anyways. Who would ever create a huge table AND phone I mean… that makes like no sense… it would be soooo… oh wait…. Hi Dell lol =)

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I guess tablets are OK for people who want such a device.

    But with large-display superphones, netbooks, notebooks and home computers, I just don’t see where limited-functionality tablets fit in.

    Coincidentally, on TV just now there was an iPad commercial, a 15 second spot with no words, simply the iPad being used in various settings. All those uses, such as reading the NY Times, well I can do that on my Vibrant, Lenovo Netbook, HP notebook, IBM X41 tablet, or Dell desktop.

    Sure, tablets are uber cool in concept and as a gadget, but if I was ever to get into a tablet device, it would be probably be a Lenovo U1 hybrid that I can use as a netbook or detach the display and separately use the display as a tablet.

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/05/lenovo-ideapad-u1-hybrid-hands-on-and-impressions/

    Yes, I like the Tab (I think Samsung makes cook and innovative electronics. I still marvel at my Vibrant and don’t see getting rid of it any time soon). But the Tab reminds me of my Toyota 4Runner, that I had a few years ago. How so?

    Back then I was thinking about getting a new 4Runner to replace my old one. Funny thing was, the new model looked like my old one except it had 10 miles on it, in other words, it was showroom new. I remember it was a Saturday and I went to the dealer to buy one. But when I sat in it I immediately thought “This is exactly like my old one except it has the new car scent.” So I passed on buying the new 4Runner.

    This is a long way of saying that the Tab seems exactly like my Vibrant. While the Tab has more viewing real estate, my Vibrant does more. And I can’t help but look at the Tab and think that it looks like a larger version of my phone. And like the showroom-new 4Runner I sat in on that one Saturday, I suspect I’d feel the same way today about the Tab.

    And that’s all I have to say about that.

    Sidenote: One more thing. They also had a Kindle commercial on TV. Holy sheet, they had a hot babe in her revealing bikini using a Kindle. LOL… she made the Kindle look great, albeit I did not really look at the device in her hands. Woot… I’m loving the tablet wars. More hot babes holding electronic reading devices please.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Sorry Samsung… I meant “cool” devices, not “cook.”

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    By the way, that Lenovo U1 was shown off at CES but Lenovo killed its debut. IMHO it was because of the iPad and that Lenovo put its own OS on the U1.

    Anytime you put your own OS (especially a new one) on a device, prepared to be slaughtered by Apple and Android.

    News has it that Lenovo enjoyed the huge success of the Lenovo Android-based smartphone in China, so much so that it is resurrecting the U1, except this time around with Android on it.

    IMHO Android is gonna take over netbook, tablet and superphone devices. Samsung was very smart to put Android on the Tab. To be sure, I really enjoy using Swype on my Vibrant and I was wondering if they will come out with a desktop keyboard version.

    I like the idea, “typing” on my desktop using Swype. If anything might move me to a tablet, it would be using Swype for word processing, etc.

    And that’s all I have to additionally say about that.

  • remixfa

    reading through the comments are funny. Some people know whats going on and some people are too busy screaming and crying about things to realize that they misread what features it did/didnt have and are crying over nothing.

    Guys, its a frikkin giant galaxyS with the front facing camera everyone wanted. It can do video calls.. with a few weeks of hacking it will do voice calls. It has the android market. It runs on 2.2 not gingerbread. It is quite literally a giant phone with extra functionality. Think of it as the Vibrant+. Does everything the Vibrant does, but bigger, and adds more features. Not that hard :)

    • Kimberly

      I know! You’d think people would get that by now. I mean the ipad was basically a glorified version of the ipod touch… aka the iphone-the phone. lol. The galaxy s tab is the galaxys/vibrant/captivate/fascinate (i know they’re all basically the same… excluding the epic since it has a keyboard.) – minus the phone. If you don’t already have a smartphone and a laptop/desktop, I doubt you could afford a tab. So those without either, but are still planning on getting this, either have rich parents, stupid parents, or are in their mid life crisis and need something to keep them in the loop.

  • http://magicbluesmoke.org longcat

    Not even worth looking at the specs/price/etc once I see that it’s android. That’s the dealbreaker.

    • Kimberly

      lol. I love me some android, but I like some variety too. I already have an android phone.

  • Riopato

    What’s the big deal about voice? can’t you run google voice or skype on this? so what’s the point to have regular cellular service?

  • GGTTOO

    Is there any truth to the rumor that the may be changing the OS from Froyo 2.2 to Chrome OS?

    I was said that the Android OS was not made for the larger tablet screen and a lot of the aps will not run on the Tab. Interesting.

    • Kimberly

      Yea, I heard that too. But I also heard that the compatibility issues will go away once the tab starts selling and devs adjust accordingly. If the tab flops, these adjustments won’t happen, if it does good, I don’t see why devs won’t fix these issues. if not begin to create more tab specific apps.. I mean, it’s a just a bigger screen, and in the devs eyes, more real estate and more potential, not a totally different os. And, on that note, unless samsung wants to kill the first Main Stream* (lol i know i’ll get hit for that one) tab… they’ll stick with android.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDJGN747PJDCO72KCYQ4O5ME5E Sensualist

    No voice calls no deal. Samsung can take the tab and put it you know where until theyt give us the voice calling option. I have a GSM service and I need a SIM card slot in any tablet before I even consider looking at it leave alone buying. I know I am not alone. If Samsung wants to kill half its potential customer base, so be it. Some one else will take their market share.

    • Windboater

      I worked for many manufacturers of the years including: Motorola, Sony, Ericsson, and Ge. Its not Samsung that is holding this up. That’s just stupid to think that. The carriers in the us control what gets to market not the manufacturers . If they don’t want it in the US market you will not get it, period.