How to buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia

Apple may have won a Federal Court case that prevents Samsung selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Down Under, but you can purchase one online

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet: unofficially available in Australia

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet: unofficially available in Australia

Apple has just won a Federal Court case which prevents Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet in Australia in the immediate future. However, if you're an Aussie who desperately wants to get your hands on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 right now, there are a few ways to do so.

• Read our comprehensive Galaxy Tab 10.1 review
• See how the Galaxy Tab 10.1 stacks up against the iPad 2 in our Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet comparison

Purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia is made possible by what is called grey importing, also called parallel importing. A grey import tech product is one that is imported from another country without the permission of the intellectual property owner, in this case Samsung. This can be achieved by an Australian business that buys the product overseas and then sells it online, or simply an International business that will ship the product to Australia.

Is a grey import Galaxy Tab 10.1 different to the Australian model?

As the Australian model of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has not been sighted due to the ongoing Federal Court case, it's impossible to compare it to grey imports. That being said, an imported Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will work perfectly well. It's simply a model that's sold in an overseas country. The UK model of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a popular choice for importers, but we've also seen Spanish variants, too.

How many models of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are there?

All up there are six models of the Galaxy Tab that we've found for sale online — three Wi-Fi only models and three Wi-Fi + 3G models, both in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants. The 3G version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will work on all Australian networks as it’s a quad band 3G tablet. This means the Galaxy Tab 10.1 supports Telstra's 850MHz Next G network, along with the 900MHz and 2100MHz networks used by Optus and Vodafone.

Keep in mind that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not have a microSD card slot, so there is no way to expand the memory. Take this into account before you decide to purchase the 16GB version of the tablet. We recommend the 32GB model if you're undecided.

Where can I purchase the Galaxy Tab 10.1?

Obviously, you won't be able to go down to a local retailer like Myer or JB Hi-Fi and purchase the Galaxy Tab 10.1: this is a direct violation of the temporary injunction that Apple successfully imposed against Samsung in the Federal Court today. You can however purchase the Galaxy Tab 10.1 online from a variety of Web sites.

Option one: eBay

eBay is your first option. A simple search for "Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" brings almost 2000 results at the time of writing. A lot of these are accessories like cases and cables but there are plenty of sellers offering various models of the Galaxy Tab. Unlike most other sites, you'll find almost all variations of the Galaxy Tab on eBay — there are black, grey and white models listed along with Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G devices in all available storage options (64GB, 32GB and 16GB). The most common model seems to be the 32GB variant.

The advantage of eBay is that it offers the widest choice that we've come across online, both for the device itself and the optional accessories. The disadvantage is that many of the Galaxy Tab 10.1's on eBay are ludicrously overpriced. As an example, a 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G variant of the Galaxy Tab is listed on eBay for as high as $1049. eBay can also be hit and miss: try and purchase from a reputable seller, called a "top-rated seller". Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Option two: Australian online stores

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can also be purchased through a variety of online stores. One of the most reputable is Australian site MobiCity. Unlike Australian online stores Kogan and Millenius, which were forced by Apple to stop selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1, MobiCity currently has the 32GB and 16GB Wi-Fi-only models of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 listed for sale.

The main advantage to MobiCity is that the store offers a 12 month Australian warranty. This is not a Samsung warranty, but is serviced by a company called Australian Warranty Services. The basic warranty that comes with any MobiCity purchase includes replacement within the first 48 hours if the product is dead on arrival (DOA), an assessment guarantee within 48 hours of receipt and a repair guarantee within 30 days. MobiCity also says that a replacement device will be offered if it is unable to repair the tablet within the guaranteed timeframe.

Expansys, Techrific and dMavo are other Australian sites that list the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for sale. Expansys offers a one year limited repair warranty and promises a full refund or replacement if the device is found to be faulty within 14 days, while Techrific will replace faulty and/or dead on arrival products within seven days. dMavo will replace faulty products within 30 days of purchase: the product will either be repaired or replaced with an identical item.

Option two: International online stores

Australian sites aside, there are also a number of international sites who will ship the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Australia. Two of the most popular are the UK pair Handtek and Clove. Handtek currently sells all three variants of the Wi-Fi + 3G version, while Clove lists the 32GB Wi-Fi only model along with the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G models.

International obviously means extra shipping charges to Australia: Clove charges £24 pounds (around $37 at the time of writing) while Handtek will ship a product for £28.90 (around $45). Be sure to factor this into your purchasing decision if you decide to buy from overseas.

Other legitimate sites that will ship the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Australia are Hi Mobile, SG Best, Simply Electronics and GimiDigi.

Found a site that will ship the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Australia? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World




Thank you very much for this article!

I am extremely peed off by the court ruling in Apple's favour over this whole affair, as I really dislike Apple products and would love to have a viable alternative.

It's good to know I still have many options to obtain what I want, and in the process stick it to Apple and their bullying tactics!



Thank you so much for your article. I too am totally underwhelmed with the Apple tablet and have been searching around for an alternative way of getting my hands on a Galaxy Tab 10.1
Apple have left a bad taste in my mouth over the Samsung injunction.


Hi everyone,
Yes, Apple has definitely caught the everyone's attention for all the wrong reasons. Luckily, there are a number of companies willing and able to bring the best tablet on the market to the OZ consumer.




Got my Samsung Galaxy tab! So happy with it! Gave my iPad 2 to the cat.



Apple is such a poo face for not letting me get my tablet.



6 needs to go have a lil sook. Was soo looking forward to the tab 8.9. Thanx for the article, really helpful.



Got my 8.9 recently from MobiCity and lov'in it. Just ordered one for the GF too.

I always loathed being tied to iTunes (I know there's other S/W) instead of simply dragging and dropping into the appropriate folders.

I'll never buy another Apple product.

Gerry Marshall


How I wish I could get a samsung 10.1 or equivalent. Hate the whole system of apple locking in to itunes and requiring a computer ( laptop or desktop) to dock with . They are too Big Bro for me , I want freedom of access . Can I still get a 10.1 and use it here in Australia with my WiFi modem????

Johnno Rock


Feel so disadvantaged by these court decisions as I was a ready Galaxy Tab buyer, more than happy to shell out cash being also an extremely happy Galaxy SII phone owner. Not only is the Galaxy Tab a far superior product like its dear cousin, Galaxy SII especially its tough Gorilla glass screen & Flash support (like the SII), it has so many features & product freedoms (which dont need insecure jailbreaking methods) which the iPad simply doesnt have in its current saleable product form & not sure why the courts arent seeing this fact. Funny how the courts worldwide are swallowing these Apple patent suits hook, line & sinker yet when the Android pull down screen notifications which is also in the SII just so happens oohhh suprise suprise to come out a few weeks ago on IOS5 & so many other Android ripoffs they appear to be completely oblivious to the way Apple is acting in the marketplace. Not sure what all the fuss is about as its a no brainer. IF Apple made superior products & not treated its consumers like they cant make their own decisions, allowed customisable freedoms within the products & apps, Flash support, more accessible USB functionality & actually invested as they should've in the 1st place in superior Gorilla glass tech when the product will undoubtebly get bumped around accidentally then not only wouldnt Apple be wasting valuable courts time, Apple would be not just worth $300bn but $3 trillion and even more as courts arent here to clean up after bad product & marketplace decisions by manufacturers like Apple. Finally, a certain J Diesel puts its best IMNSHO in his song Cry In Shame. Perfectly describes Apples product choices I feel!



Another advantage of the Samsung over the Apple is that it takes a full-size SIM. Bought the 64GB 3G Samsung in Singapore last week. All models are readily available and are exactly same price as iPad2s. Even after currency conversion fees, the Tab was still about $A110 less than would have paid for the iPad2 in Australia.



I just bought a samsung galaxy tab 10.1 16GB 3G recently from Hong Kong but seem like I'm having problem with it. It keeps restarting. I did insert the sim card but it keep saying INSERT SIM CARD. Anyone can help?



How much would this tablet be in Australia?



I've had a look on eBay and I have found A few for around $360 in the buy it now section. Hope this helps??



I purchased my Tab 10.1 WIFI in the US and am having trouble connecting to the VirginMobile modem. Any help out there. So far have drawn a blank with Virgin and Samsung Thanks



I too am having a problem with my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 - Using Optus Broadband post paid sim and it will not connect to the Internet - asks for "SIM network pin". Have spent hours on the phone to Optus!! No resolution to date - very annoying that I am paying for a service that I cannot use.



i need samsung galaxy tab 10.1 so how i can buy it online



thanks the information i checked the android tablet information from

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