Apple's hotly anticipated [[artnid:378541|iPad 2]] has just hit Australian shores, with [[artnid:380566|prices starting at $579]] for the entry level 16GB Wi-Fi version.
Despite being the dominant player in the relatively new tablet market, there is set to be plenty of valid alternatives to the iPad 2, particularly [[artnid:372063|Android tablets]].
The newest of these is the [[artnid:376524|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v]], which will launch in Australia in [[artnid:380574|mid-April through Vodafone]]. Samsung is serious about the tablet market — the company will also launch the [[artnid:380733|Galaxy Tab 8.9]] and a thinner, lighter version of [[artnid:380740|Galaxy Tab 10.1]] with the same name. Both of these new Android tablets will hit Australia sometime between July and September.
Along with the Galaxy Tab, the iPad 2 will face competition from the [[artnid:372535|Motorola Xoom]], [[artnid:372833|RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook]], the [[artnid:376907|HTC Flyer]] and [[artnid:377046|LG's Optimus Pad]] — all of which are expected to launch this year.
7 / 12
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G is Australia's first 4G tablet, offering impressive data speeds and a size and weight that we think is near perfect. However, Telstra's currently limited 4G coverage, a high price tag and some niggling software issues mean you should probably give the Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G a miss, at least for now.
- Review Date:
- 12th March, 2012
- Ross Catanzariti