At IFA in Berlin last week Samsung took the wraps off the latest addition to its line of tablets, the Galaxy Tab 7.7. When our own Jon Rettinger scored some hands-on time with it, as you can see in the video above, little did he know he was he handling the latest target in the ongoing war between Apple and the Korean electronics company.
Before IFA could even get into full-swing, Apple had already gone to the German courts and gotten an injunction, resulting in it being pulled from the show floor. This wasn’t a huge shock as the Cupertino-based company had already had some success in the German courts, and the show was, after all, being hosted in Berlin.
It was the turn of events this morning in Japan that really left us scratching our heads. Opposed to going after the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as they have done in other countries, and is about to release there, Apple instead decided to go after the Galaxy Tab 7.7. What is it about the smallest member of the Samsung tablet family that has them so worked up? Could it be that they see a smaller, full-featured tablet as being something that could undercut the market-dominating iPad off at the knees? It makes sense that that they could fear confusion in the marketplace with the larger Galaxy Tab, but with a device that has a screen size a full two-inches smaller? It just seems odd that this is their target. Add in the fact we don’t know much about it beyond its specs at the moment, and it just makes you wonder that much more.
For now, it seems that the little time Jon spent with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at IFA could very well be all we ever see of it if Apple has its way around the world. Perhaps courts will also be confused by the action, but depending on how long it takes the case to work its way through the various judicial systems, it could become a moot point as the device gets more and more out of date.
Perhaps Apple has hit upon the ultimate way to make sure it remains at the tablet heap forever: Litigation.
What do you think? Should the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at least get a release before Apple locks it up in red tape for good?