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.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v and its Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system offer a credible alternative to the iPad 2, but one that falls behind Apple when it comes to general usability and slickness. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v is a nice albeit incomplete-feeling start to life with Honeycomb.
- Review Date:
- 30th March, 2011
- Ross Catanzariti