As most of you know, I want an Ipad 2. I recently got a MacBook Air and have become a recently converted Apple fanboy (girl). I have been entering every contest I can find and saving money along the way. However, while I wait for the Ipad 2 to come to me, I have been researching some other fantastic products on the market as well. I want to make sure that I am not clouded by the IPAD name and that I am making the right decision when it comes to getting the right table. As always, I want to review both the IPAD 2 and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 and see who comes out to be the winner. There was a great battle between Apple and Samsung, causing Samsung to abandon its original Galaxy Tab 10.1 when Apple released the IPAD 2 back in the February.
Ipad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (The tale of the tablets)
• 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
• 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
• 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
• Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
• Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
• Wi-Fi Model Dimensions: 9.5”h X 7.31”w X 0.34” deep; 1.33 pounds
• Storage: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
• Wi-F 802.11 a/b/g/n
• Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR technology
• Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
• Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
• Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi
• Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery with up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
• Sensors: 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light
• Location: Wi-Fi and digital compass
The good: Apple’s iPad 2 is considerably thinner and features both front and rear cameras, FaceTime video chat, a faster processor, and 3G options for multiple wireless providers. I know in Canada the data plans are generously. Also, its just works well with my MacBook.
The bad: The iPad’s screen resolution hasn’t improved from the previous model, photo quality is horrible compared to other options on the market, there’s still no Adobe Flash support, and adapters are required for HDMI, USB, and SD ports.
The bottom line: Although the iPad 2 attempts to improve an already fantastic product, its easy-to-use interface, vast app catalog, and marathon battery life do not make up for the lack of dramatic improvements from the previous model.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G
- Android Honeycomb 3.1
- Dual Core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM
- Wi-FiTM, 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz, 5GHz
- Memory Capacity: 16GB , 32 GB
- Display: 10.1″ WXGA (1280×800)
- Processor, Memory, and Motherboard
- Number of Processors: 1
- Hard Drive Size: 16 GB
- Graphics and Display Graphics Card: GeForce ULP
- LCD Native Resolution: 1280 x 800
- Cases and Expandability Size (LWH): 0.34 inches, 6.9 inches, 10.1 inches
- Weight: 1.25 pounds
- Power Rated Charge (normal use): 14 hours
The good: Samsung Galaxy Tab is thinner, plays Flash and will be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich shortly. It also allows you to access different file formats. Inside the 10.1’s 11.6mm body beats a dual core 1GHz processor, aided by 1GB of RAM and (from) 16GB of internal memory. The 10.1inch screen is made from scratch resistant Corning Gorilla glass that has an 800 x 1200 resolution. Even with its slew of features, it still manages to weigh less than the iPad 2 at 565grams.
The bad: Android File transfer isn’t working properly thus making it rather difficult to transfer files back and forth from the MacOS. The lengthy court battle also left the Galaxy 10.1 bruised in sales and consumer confidence.
The bottom line. The Samsung Galaxy is a fantastic, yet underrated product when compared to the Apple IPAD 2. It is cheaper (slightly), allows multiple file formats to access and The Market is just as comprehensive as the App Store. The key difference is that it is not an IPAD.
The runner up:
If you don’t want to spend $500- $800 for either the IPAD 2 or the Galaxy Tab, then the Kindle Fire is your best bet. It is a robust tablet with comprehensive functionality and features, especially for the price point.
Conclusion: I would love to get an IPAD, particularly if I get it by winning it, but it seems as tho the Galaxy Tab would be a better choice for me. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t making an Impulsive purchase.