How to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Australia (UPDATE)

Australian Court Bans Galaxy Tab Sales

Two weeks ago, we posted about a pending court case, based on an injunction filed by Apple against Samsung to prevent them from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. This week, it turns out that the Australian Federal Court has ruled in Apple’s favor, barring Samsung from selling their popular tablet.

buy galaxy tab in australiaAlthough the ban is not permanent (it only has effect until Samsung resolves the patent dispute), it certainly eliminates the possibility of buying a Galaxy Tab in Australia in the foreseeable future. Furthermore, since the only way for Samsung to resolve the dispute is to alter their product design to avoid Apple’s patent, it’s likely that even if the Galaxy Tab does go on sale in Australia at a later date, it will be a somewhat reduced model with limited functionality.

How to Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Australia (Right Now)

Of course, it is still possible to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia (right now, today), by buying one from the US and having it shipped. Additionally, a US model will be the fully functional version, not a version limited by the patent dispute with Apple.

Although most US stores won’t ship the Galaxy Tab outside the US due to licensing agreements with Samsung, you can use a package forwarding service to get international shipping from any US store, even if they don’t offer it. The forwarding company will give you a US address, which you can use to place your order, and then forward your Galaxy Tab to Australia (or any other country).

Keep in mind that the US price of the Galaxy Tab, or any other tablet (or just about anything else, for that matter), is far less than the Australian price, so it’s worth your while to get a US package forwarding account.

Galaxy Tab vs. iPad 2: Which Tablet is For You?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a popular alternative to the Apple iPad for good reason. It’s got a larger screen, and is still thinner and lighter than the iPad 2.

Which one are you buying and which US store has the best price? Discuss your decision in the comments section below.

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