Samsung isn’t just adding its TouchWiz software to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet — the company is also rolling out a line of accessories for the device. Samsung introduced the new accessories at an event in New York City today. Some, such as the keyboard dock, we’ve already seen. But there are a few new goodies as well.
First up, Samsung will offer optional accessories that allow you to connect an SD card or USB device to the tablet. While some competitors’ devices such as the Toshiba Thrive have full-sized SD card slots and USB ports built into the tablet, the Galaxy Tab does not.
So if you want to copy photos from a camera or plug in a keyboard or mouse you’re going to need one of these dongles, priced at around $20 to $30.
There’s also a $40 HDMI adapter. Like the USB and SD card adapters, this plugs into the docking port at the bottom of the tablet. It allows you to stream HD video and audio from the Tab to a television or monitor.
For $50 you can pick up a Multimedia Dock… which isn’t really all that useful unless you also purchase the HDMI adapter. That’s because the dock has a 3.5mm headphone hack, but that’s about it. If you want to send video to an external display you’ll have to connect the HDMI adapter, which brings the total price for this accessory pack to $90.
In addition to the keyboard dock, Samsung offers a premium case with a Bluetooth keyboard. The advantages to this solution are that you get a little more protection for your tablet and you can adjust the screen angle — the keyboard dock isn’t adjustable at all. On the other hand, the keyboard dock runs $70, while the keyboard/case will cost you $150.
There’s also a premium hard cover case for $60 or a less expensive $30 leather slip cover.
Finally, Samsung is offering a capacitive stylus for $20 that allows you to draw or make handwritten notes on the display without using your pudgy fingertip.