There has been a bit leading up to this moment, first we heard rumours the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was coming to Vodafone, then Vodafone confirmed it; then we heard Optus would stock it and they confirmed it; now Good Gear Guide have given us a launch date: August 11th. At this stage it’s only a launch event, at which we’ll find out pricing and availability for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on both Vodafone and Optus — maybe with that Samsung Galaxy S II bundle. What we also hope to find out is whether it’s going to be sold in all it’s forms and variants; there are six variants in all, three with Wi-Fi and three with Wi-Fi + 3G, each packing either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of in-built storage.
What I’m interested in, however, is whether or not Vodafone, Optus and Samsung are going to really support this tablet? How quickly are updates going to be released? Are the networks going to drag their feet? or is Samsung? The problem with this is that we won’t know until Android updates for Honeycomb start rolling past the 3.2 stage — that’s if the Galaxy Tab 10.1 even gets the 3.2 update. Now before you say “You’re just sour that you got the original Galaxy Tab 10.1v and it was a DOA device and you’re spewing it’s not being supported” Let me say this: yes I am spewing, not because I purchased a device that I knew was essentially DOA, but because when manufacturers and carriers decide to make and sell a device, they need to support their user base regardless, and this certainly hasn’t happened. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen this time, because if anything is Android’s worst enemy, it’s the manufacturers and the carriers it runs on.