Sure, you could forgo the contract and pay extra for the tablet, but in that case you might as well plop down cash for the Wi-Fi only Tab 10.1.
No, if you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon), then you're obviously interested in your tablet always being connected. Well, depending on Verizon's coverage in your area, of course.
The 4G version has a few design changes and of course 4G support. Most of the design differences are small, but one in particular rubbed me the wrong way.
Check out the full review to see if it's worth the commitment.