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.
Although 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.
If You Don't Want to Wait, You Can Buy an iPhone 4S from the US
Yesterday, Apple fans all around the world watched the internet with bated breath while waiting for Apple to show off the new iPhone 5. That didn't happen, but they did get a new iPhone: the iPhone 4S.
For those who already have an iPhone 4, the release of the iPhone 4S might not be very exciting. But for Apple fans who are still using an older model, or who haven't yet bought any version of the iPhone, the iPhone 4S is a very attractive device.
iPhone 4S Official Release Dates & Availability
As is usually the case, the iPhone 4S will be released in the US market first (along with Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK), on October 14th.
Other countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) are going to have to wait until October 28th.
There is no official release date for any country not listed above, but it's unlikely that those countries will have the iPhone 4S before the end of the year.
Samsung Lawsuit May Delay iPhone 4 Release in Some Countries
Another factor in the availability of the iPhone 4S is Apple's ongoing patent dispute with Samsung. Currently, Samsung is seeking to block the sale of the iPhone 4S in France and Italy. If Samsung is successful, Apple fans in those countries may not be able to get an iPhone 4S at all.
How to Buy an iPhone 4S from the US
Apple's US online store will only ship products, including the iPhone 4S, to customers with a US address. However, you can use a package forwarding account to get your own US address and buy an iPhone 4S from the US, then ship it internationally.
If you're familiar with buying US products using a forwarding service, you might know that Apple typically rejects orders placed using forwarding addresses. Luckily, there is an alternative process you can use to purchase from stores that don't ship to forwarders.
All you have to do is register for a package forwarding account here. Once you have your new US address, you can head straight to the Apple US Online Store to order your iPhone 4S.