How Much does a Samsung Galaxy Tab really cost?

Updated: Nov 17, 2010 10:42 PM UTC

With the Tab arriving on five different carriers this month, the choices may seem a bit daunting.

Engadget put together
a guide for picking the right plan on the right carrier - which will be a much bigger cost than the $599 Tab itself over the typical two year usage cycle.

While they are all a fairly similar, some things stick out.  If you are a low bandwidth user, Verizon's $20/month for 1GB seems to be a sweet spot.  Verizon (vz) also offers free hotspot functionality though the data used will obviously count against monthly GBs.  Big data users may prefer T-Mobile's 5GB for $40 plan.  Sprint (s) and AT&T (t) both offer free activation where others charge though AT&T's initial price is somehow $50 more than everyone else's.

The most important consideration however is how good the carrier signal is in the areas where it will be used most.  <!-- more -->

Other than network, the Tabs are largely the same between carriers.  The biggest difference will be the SIM card slots that come with the AT&T and T-Mobile models.  Also, the software the carriers pre-load (all of it passable) may be taken into consideration.  I've tested both the T-Mobile version and Sprint version and they both work similarly great.

I personally feel that the Tab is set for a price reduction starting with at least $50 off on Black Friday.