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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Still Not Computer Friendly

When we first got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LE at Google I/O in May we noticed that we couldn’t use the Honeycomb Android File Transfer on our in house Macs to recognize the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

We thought for sure after the US release date on June 8th and the subsequent upgrade to Android 3.1 we would have better luck, however not only did the June 8th Best Buy Union Square date pass by, so did the rest of the country on Friday. Still, no dice.  At least not on the Mac yet.

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Of course (as we will get comments if we don’t say this now) you can use the Android SDK and use adb to push files from your Mac to your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but tell that to the thousands of “normal” consumers who purchased a Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Best Buy this weekend.

So after a moment of frustration I used a friends Window’s laptop.  At first it wasn’t easy. I took the USB to proprietary 30 pin connector cord and hooked the Galaxy Tab 10.1 up to the computer.  I was in awe as the windows machine made a ding which I thought meant that it would work… nope…

After more research I found that I would probably need Samsung Kies in order to get up and running. So I went to Samsung’s support site and downloaded Kies for Windows.  I opened up Kies and quickly loaded up the music and movie files I wanted to sync however the “transfer to device” button never engaged.

When I minimized Kies though I found that it had installed the drivers for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and was able to finally use it as a mass storage device.  It says its going to take 4 hours to transfer everything I want so if it doesn’t work I’ll update this post later.