Galaxy Tab 10.1

Virgin Australia has decided to go with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to provide in-flight entertainment for passengers instead of the iPad. The system, which starts to roll out in April, will have the Tabs pre-loaded with movies, television and audio programs, and full in-flight streaming via Lufthansa BoardConnect wireless is slated to be up and running by the end of 2012. Once the Lufthansa system is in place, passengers will be able to choose from a wide range of entertainment to stream to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, as well as their own tablets or Windows and Mac computers. The tablets themselves will be included in the price of a business class ticket for travelers on the companies 737 and E-190 planes, and will be offered as a rental option for coach passengers on flights that take over three hours.

When the folks at Australian Business Traveller asked Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti why the company decided to use the Galaxy Tab instead of the more popular Apple product, he had the following to say:

The Samsung tablet is being recognised as a better product than Apple. That's not unusual, second-generation stuff usually is. In fact, it's getting better reviews than the iPad 2. The screen itself is better, and the [Android-based] system is a plus. It's (also) much thinner, as you know, and overall it's a better product.

We're not going to argue. Neither is Boeing, who has decided that all of their 787 Dreamliners will use a Panasonic manufactured Android tablet for in-flight entertainment. Certainly the fact that vendors can fully customize an Android product has played a role here, and this is something we should start getting used to seeing. All we can really say is that we know you have a choice when you fly, and we appreciate you choosing Android.

Source: Australian Business Traveller

 
There are 11 comments

DrDoppio says:

It's only a matter of time that the advantages of Android tablets start to be recognized. It isn't surprising that recognition comes from businesses first, since individuals are more prone to subjective and irrational choices, such as going by default with an inferior but more popular product.

mclifford82 says:

I'll agree that someone that chooses to own an iPad has made a subjective choice, but to call that choice irrational is pretty stupid.

Not everyone makes that choice because it's popular, contrary to what you'd like to keep telling yourself. Some make it because it's a better fit for their own lives.

I don't know why I'm even bothering to type this, as liking Apple products seems to be forbidden around here anyway. I guess you judgmental Android fans make me just as sick as the stupid Apple fans do. It just kills you to let people enjoy what they enjoy without calling them names for it.

yungtris says:

its nice to see that these companies are choosing android tablets.hurry up and roll out ICS samsung. make ppl enjoy your products even more.

dan4patriots says:

"In fact, it's getting better reviews than the iPad 2"- lmao

icebike says:

How many of these walk out the cabin door before they start (electronically) tethering them?

Amazing change from BANNED in Australia to Standard Equipment.

Someone should acquaint Apple with the Streisand Effect.

"Amazing change from BANNED in Australia to Standard Equipment." - ha ha, you're right :)

fm123 says:

One big reason for them to choose Android (or non-Apple), because they can modify the device as needed. Also, prices are probably more negotiable. I noticed the in-screen entertainment on the back of the seats on another airline was Linux as it was booting up. You can lock down these devices, whereas with Apple you don't have much option for software customization. Once someone takes an iPad, I don't believe there is a way to prevent them from resetting/restoring and using it for themselves.

Jonneh says:

Straight from the article above: "Certainly the fact that vendors can fully customize an Android product has played a role here, and this is something we should start getting used to seeing."

Your first sentence: "One big reason for them to choose Android (or non-Apple), because they can modify the device as needed."

mclifford82 says:

You are so awesome at quoting things.

Latino293 says:

From what I'm hearing they are using that substandard "other" option in NYC Yellow cabs. Such a shame...damn Bloomy.

mclifford82 says:

Is there a Galaxy Tab that's not Android-powered?