I’m a little late, but yesterday, Treyarch announced that the Black Ops map pack “First Strike” will be available on the PC this Friday March 25th for $14.99. “First Strike” was released on the Xbox 360 on February 1st and on the Playstation 3 on March 3rd. I for one am excited for “First Strike.” It’ll give me a reason to start up Black Ops again on the PC. Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out IGN’s Charlie Sheen Black Ops parody; it’s hilarious, trust me. Winning!
In other news, Samsung revealed their new Galaxy Tabs, the 10.1 and the 8.9. Official dimensions list these new tablets at 8.6 millimeters thick and 595 and 470 grams for the 10.1 and 8.9 respectively. This would make them slightly thinner and lighter than Apple’s iPad 2, which measures at 8.8 millimeters thick and weighs 607 grams. The new Galaxy Tab models vastly improve on the small 7-inch original; along with the bigger screen, Samsung has improved the internal hardware, adding a 1Ghz dual-core processor (improving on the single core 1Ghz in the original) and implementing the Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” OS (improving upon the Android 2.2 OS in the original). According to IGN, “The device will also feature a 3.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, and a 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera, a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, and GPS support. Both models will come in 16GB and 32GB models, with microSD ports for storage expansion by up to 32GBs, and both sizes will have 1280×800 resolution screens.” Meanwhile, the iPad2 features a 0.7-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Also, the new Galaxy Tab beats out the iPad2 in terms of screen resolution, which is only 1024×768. The price for the new Galaxy Tab Wi-fi-only version is comparable to the iPad2, with the 10.1-inch model selling for $499 and $599 and the 8.9-inch model selling for $469 and $569, for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. The iPad2 Wi-fi-only version sells for $499 and $599 for the the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. Apple also features a 64GB model, retailed at $699. Samsung plans on releasing a 3G-enabled model, but no details have been revealed yet. Apple’s price for their 3G-enabled models are $629 for a 16GB model, $729 for a 32GB model, and $829 for a 64GB model. The new Galaxy Tab hits stores June 8th.
My first impression of this news is that of excitement; I don’t like Apple, let’s make that clear. I much prefer my Samsung Galaxy over the Apple iPhone4. I also just prefer the Android OS over the iOS. But they are marketing geniuses. Who else can release an over-priced piece of hardware and sell millions of copies? I mean they could release a brick and call it an iPhone and it would sell like hot cakes (reference in video below). However, it’s about time they had some serious competition. On March 11th, the New York Times released an article saying that no competitor can match Apple’s price; well you finally have one. Steve Jobs was even quoted saying that this would be the “year of the copycats” and that “most of these tablets are not even catching up to our first iPad.” Well in terms of specs, the new Galaxy Tab surpasses that of the iPad2. How about that Apple? Another big point I want to note is that there has been much scrutiny for Apple’s supposed “monopoly” on tablet components (however, Samsung builds many of their tablet components themselves, reducing cost). Hopefully, with more tablets like the new Galaxy Tab, more competition will arise, which would loosen the grip of Apple’s 80% market share on tablets. After all, competition just leads to better products, which is good for everybody right? I’m not gonna lie, I would love to see those Apple zealots’ mouths be shut for once. Here’s a little video which many of you have probably seen; but nonetheless, it’s still funny. It fucking prints money!