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Does the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Standup to the iPad 2?

Comparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the Apple iPad 2 is unfair from the get-go as is comparing an current tablet to the iPad 2. The iPad was, after all, what introducedthe concept of the tablet to society. Coupled with Apple’s reputation as the gatekeepers to computer perfection, it’s nearly impossible for competitors to produce a tablet that can outdo the iPad 2. Motorola tried with the Xoom, HP tried with the Touchpad, and Samsung originally tried with the Galaxy 7 and 8. Now Samsung is trying again, and is getting there, but there’s still an enormous amount of ground to cover.

Style

The first major appearance difference between the Galaxy and the iPad is the default orientation. iPads are presented with a vertical default orientation whereas the Galaxy is horizontal. Inconsequential, since either can be used in either orientation, but fixing the Galaxy’s camera to the long end of the tablet makes it look more like a flat screen monitor than a tablet. When the comparably priced $499.99 iPad 2 and Galaxy 10.1 models are side-by-side, the Galaxy trumps the iPad with an extra .3 inches of display space. Added to the fact that it’s also .2 millimeters less thick than the iPad 2, the Galaxy 10.1 does a standup job looking just as pretty as the competition.

Apple-iPad-2-Vs-Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-10.1Apple iPad 2 v/s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Substance

The Android Honeycomb operating system is an astounding achievement of OSS OS design that’s made its way onto most iPad alternatives, but that hardly compares to the highly engineered and ever-improving capabilities of iOS. Both tablets feature 1Ghz Dual Core processors and 16 GB worth of hard drive space, which puts little advantage in the Galaxy’s court when you consider the friendliness of iOS. Simple downloading and using of apps � what the Android OS was primarily designed for � is what the Samsung Galaxy does best for typical users. But attempt to sync with independent email services, shuffle documents around, and generally treat your tablet like an on-the-go work computer, and the Galaxy starts to choke under the pressure unless the user is savvy enough to work around the flaws in the patchwork of an OS.

Meanwhile the iPad 2 was designed from the beginning to provide normal users with the ability to interact with the Internet in a more hands-on way while still providing them the ability to treat the device like a laptop. It’s the user friendly capabilities of the operating system’s function that consistently makes the iPad the superior machine while competition merely struggles trying to catch up.

Apple iPad 2 Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Apple iPad 2 (32 GB) Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Looks & StyleQuality Product Apple, No Doubt Beautiful and Branded in Design with Professional LookComparable with iPad 2 with Glossy Looks and Black Color Finish
Display & Screen9.7-Inches LED Backlit IPS TFT Capacitive Touchscreen with 768 X 1024 pixels and 16 Million Colors support.10.1-Inches Capacitive TFT Touchscreen with 1280 x 800 pixels
Operating SystemApple iOS 4Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
Processor & GPU1 GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 Processor, PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 Chipset Processor
User-Interface————-TouchWiz UI
RAM & ROM512 MB RAM1GB RAM, 16/32/64GB ROM
Memory & Storage16/32/64 GB of internal memory, No Expandable Card Slot32GB Internal Memory,
Camera & PhotographyStill camera with 5X Zoom3 MP Camera with Auto-focus & LED Flash, 3264 x2448pixels
Front CameraVGA-quality still Front Facing Camera2 MP front facing camera
Video Recording HD Video Recording @ 720p supportHD Video Recording Support @ 720p
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP & EDRWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP & EDR
Network Support2G, 3G Network, HSDPA @ 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA @ 2.0 Mbps Capability2G, 3G with HSDPA@21 Mbps & HSUPA @ 5.76 Mbps
Other FeaturesGPRS ,EDGE, GPS & A-GPS, MicroUSB Support, TV Out SupportGPRS, GPS, EDGE, MicroUSB, Adobe Flash 10.1 Support
Price (apporx)Rs. 28000/- (Approx) (32 GB)Rs. 35,000

Service and Support

Then there’s the nail in the coffin: Apple tech supportis stellar. It’s expected that a newfangled device like a tablet is going to get its fair share of support hotline call-ins at Samsung. Yet their technical support services still leave much to be desired, and when tested some of the support team members weren’t even familiar with device yet. On the flipside, Apple tech support, while only free for a limited time, is rated high the world over.

The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 would be a worthwhile tablet if it didn’t cost as much as the iPad 2 while not offering anything that the iPad doesn’t. Choosing the Galaxy over the iPad would be a simple matter of loyalty or loyal hatred. The general consumer is still probably going to prefer the iPad 2.

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Vikram

Vikram is a Digital Media Strategy Consultant who helps small business owners grow their
business. He is passionate about blogging, digital marketing, and emerging technologies.

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  • Hey Vikram,

    The one thing you do not mention is the abysmal battery performance for the Samsung. I am disappointed with the Galaxy tab to say the least. I am happy with the quality of video and ease of use but the download program Kies sucks for userbility and usefulness

    I am using it with evernote as a quoting tool for a business of mine, and if I combine the navigation app it uses more charge than what goes into it from the in car charger.

    I also bailed out of the Galaxy handset after sending it back 3 times to be repaired and went back to the Iphone4.

    Bummer as I was happy to be away from the apple Gestapo propriety systems.

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