And the winner is... not us :(

Update: We've added a video of some of the lucky Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II and Samsung TV winners after the jump!

While a few lucky Americans waited to have their Galaxy Tab 10.1's updated with Samsung's TouchWiz UX, we were lined up among hundreds of eager British shoppers waiting to get their hands on the European version before anyone else. Like the Tab 10.1 currenty on sale in the US, it's rocking Android 3.1, however the European version comes with TouchWiz out of the box. We've taken a closer look at TouchWiz on the Tab in our sneak peek and hands-on features, so be sure to check them out.

Early adopters were treated to a selection of drinks and delicious miniature snacks courtesy of Samsung, and there was also the chance to win Galaxy S II phones, Galaxy Tab 10.1's and £1500 (~$2450) value Samsung TV's via the Samsung Tab Grabber. We used the Tab Grabber, but all we grabbed was a plastic egg containing a raffle ticket that didn't win us anything :(

Check out our tour of the event after the jump, where you'll find photos and videos of people having fun and winning expensive Samsung gear.

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A tour of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch event in London (update: video!)

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So would you say it was a positive turn out? I hope the Galaxy Tab really gains a little more momentum. The Tab is so good , and I think more people will see that if it becomes more popular. With word of mouth I think folks will be willing to give it more of a chance.

"While a few lucky Americans waited to have their Galaxy Tab 10.1's updated with Samsung's TouchWiz UX..."

What? People were actually standing in line to put a manufacturer skin over a vanilla Android build of Honeycomb? Why?

(Seriously...why?)

because it's much more functional and offers a far better experience than the closed source mess (and soon to be abandoned) that is Honeycomb?

Fair enough. I was looking at it like the 1.5-2.3 versions of Android where you can find apps in the Market that replicate anything you want that is offered in a manufacturer skin, but forgot that a lot of those apps don't play well with Honeycomb.

Does anyone know if adding Touchwiz will delay future Honeycomb builds from coming OTA to those who opt for it? We are, after all, talking about Samsung here.

Edit: I do have to give Samsung props here though. This is the way all manufacturer skins should be offered on Android...as an optional download.

Will it delay future updates? Im 99% sure of that. It fills a hole now, possibly at the expense of better software later. I'm just glad to see someone offer a better experience for Android Tablets. I honestly wish motorola would take their chance at a Tablet-blur, which could be even better.

It might delay them but it will also keep you from getting future updates if you don't opt-in for the TouchWIZ UX update.

"While Samsung isn't requiring users to accept the skin on their devices, declining it will block you from future OS upgrades -- i.e., no Ice Cream Sandwich for you if you don't buy into the world of TouchWiz."

Is exactly what Engadget said they found out.