Until last week, Australia was one of the several arenas around the world where the epic patent battle between Apple and Samsung was being fought. For those who need a reminder, the former is accusing the latter of patent infringement, which is why sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 were halted across Australia. Fortunately for Samsung, however, the High Court of Australia ruled that Apple's case had no merit, which made sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 once again legal throughout the country.
What is interesting about the whole story is that Apple's accusation now seems to have backfired. According to Tyler McGee, Samsung Australia's mobile chief, the case brought so much of the public's attention to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that the tablet has already become a “household name”. Of course, the media's extensive coverage of the story contributed to that as well.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in stores once again before this week is out, and the demand for it is predicted to exceed its supply. Vodafone is currently accepting pre-orders for the tablet, and $579 is what it costs.