Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes to Australia – via Kogan

Apple may have succeeded in delaying the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 but Kogan has come to the rescue for those that want a true Android Honeycomb -based competitor to the Apple iPad 2. It’s thinner it’s lighter and with Kogan’s pricing it’s actually cheaper than the iPad 2 as well.

We’ve already done a rigorous comparison of the two tablets but the short of it is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is in our view the first serious contender to the Apple iPad 2’s crown. With a big focus on design particularly the need to be as thin (thinner actually) than the iPad 2 the Tab doesn’t have the number of ports found on some other Android tablets. But not having many ports hasn’t exactly hurt the iPad 2.

The two versions on offer are the 16GB Wi-Fi only model for $499 (grey and white) and the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model for $649 (grey and white). Compare that the to the Apple iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi only model for $579 and the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model for $729. 

Despite being a US model Kogan claims the 3G will work just fine in Australia. There is a delivery fee that depends on where you live but it’s fairly reasonable overall and still results in a product cheaper than the equivalent Apple iPad 2.

There’s a 12 month warranty provided via Kogan and the important point is that they’ll pay freight costs if you need to send the Galaxy Tab 10.1 off to the US to be repaired.