I got hold of my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 this Monday and I was planning to do a detailed review of the tablet which should be coming tomorrow. It's an amazing tablet and I have been using it for filing stories, listening to music, watching HD movies, playing games from Tegra Zone and much more.
There is only one area where I felt going back to 1990. Google is using MTP for the data transfer, instead of simple Mass Storage Device, which means you can't connect the tablet as a mass storage devices and easily transfer files.
There are benefits of using this 'Microsoft' protocol, one being you are not restricted to a limited partition for applications. You can use entire storage (32GB) for storing your data and for installing new applications (HD games can take up to 600MB of storage).
It also means that unlike my Nexus S phone, which I can mount as a mass storage device and transfer files, I can't do the same with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Samsung does provide tools for Windows and Mac machines, but there is no open source tool for GNU/Linux systems or Ubuntu. There are some threads on XDA-Developers but it just doesn't work.
Yes, you can transfer
If I connect my tablet to the Ubuntu machine, it detects the Tablet and mounts it. I can see the folders, I can create new folder and I can ever copy files to the tablet from Ubuntu/Linux. What I can't do is I can't see files inside these folders. Since I am able to put files on my Samsung Galaxy Tab, it doesn't seem to be a problem.
The bigger problem is to access data created by or downloaded on the tablet, such as email attachments or other data. If I take images from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, I can't make a back-up of those images on my Linux PC because I can't even see them.
Samsung/Google, I as an Ubuntu user would like to be able to do what Windows or Mac users can do with this awesome tab. After all, Android is related to Ubuntu/Linux by blood!
You two are the dynamic duo, will you please make it easy for us Ubuntu users to transfer the files to and from our PCs?