Ipad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy

by Marissa on December 14, 2011 · 21 comments

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)

 

 

IPAD 2.

Product Specifications
• 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

Product Specifications

  • 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:

Kindle Fire


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.

 

  • http://www.newlywedsonabudget.com/ Newlyweds on a Budget

    My husband wants an ipad badly. and while i think some of the other tablets would work just as well–we are sort of brand snobs (bad i know), so we’ll probably hold out til we can afford a tablet…maybe oh…i dunno…2013?
    it’s definitely not in the budget for a while.

    • Marissa

      Thats like and the IPAD. I know the Galaxy tab might be a better product, but I cant get over wanting an IPAD.
      Im saving for it right now, but I secretly am waiting to win one.

      • Marissa

        Me too. It the product image and branding. Apple does a amazing job.

    • Marissa

      I starting saving for one already, but I am hoping someone will just give me one.

  • http://debtfreebythirty.net Niki

    I am not feeling the tablet want. My husband on the other hand, he wants a tablet I don’t think he really cares what brand.

    I would like a Macbook Air though. :) I think my laptop will be dying soon. It’s time to start saving.

  • http://www.sooverdebt.com Andrea @SoOverDebt

    I have the original iPad and my dad has a Motorola Xoom. It’s no contest for me – the iPad performs better, faster, and more consistently than his Android tablet. All the apps I use on my Mac and my iPhone are available. It acts just like my iPhone, only with a bigger screen that I LOVE for reading blogs and playing games. I have never had a problem in 7 months of heavy use, and my dad struggles constantly to find a use for his tablet. So many of the things he planned to do with it don’t work well, and he’s an engineer for Google!

    I would definitely wait for the iPad 3 before making a decision. It’s expected this spring, and it’s supposed to have retina display. Not that I totally stalk every Apple-related blog out there or anything. ;)

    • Marissa

      Really? Hmm now Im tempted to wait. I did hear some good news regarding the Tab today tho. A friend will be getting it for $150 through her work. The few hundred dollars did sway me towards the tab.

  • http://www.moneyspruce.com/ Jeffrey Trull

    I don’t own any of these, but I’ve thought about buying the iPad 2. I still can’t justify the cost of it, and I’m not sure I need another iGadget after picking up the iPhone 4S recently. The Kindle Fire seems appealing, but it’s been getting a really bad rap lately. Maybe I’ll see if they can work out the kinks with that before going that route.

    • Marissa

      I was very interested in the Kindle when it first came out, but it lost all appeal recently. I am so conflicted between the tab and the ipad right now.

  • http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk John@MoneyPrinciple

    As an advocate and user of open source software, I vote neither for a PC or Mac platform but Linux. I use that all the time but it is a bit for geeks like me and I can see the attraction of Apple. But I really don’t like their business model – it’s fine if you hold Apple stock but otherwise I regard all iToys as at least twice the price they should be and a virus in your wallet! It;s all marketing, marketing, marketing and trying to diss other makes whether PCs or Androids.

    I have a Kindle – old one – and don’t like it particularly. The navigation is awful – searching is messy, the keyboard is completley non-standard and you still need the light on to read. I guess the new one may be better with a virtual keyboard.

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 smart phone – it is IMHO a better phone than the iPhone 4 being lighter, thinner, certainly cheaper and there are many free apps that cost money on iPhones.

    So I would go for the Samsung – Google good, Apple bad. Well they are all bad really!

    • Marissa

      I am very close to committing to the Samsung.

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  • Cedric

    I like apple products and I have been wanting to purchase a tablet. I decided to purchase the galaxy 10.1 because I liked how you can customize the android tablets and I wanted something different because I currently have an iPhone 4. I tried out the galaxy but it had too much going on and everything seemed too technical. In my opinion the galaxy was not user friendly like apple products and not as smooth, plus I had no use for all the widgets that came with the OS. I decided to return the galaxy to purchase an iPad 2 and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The iPad is just so much easier to use and IOS5 is just awesome. The galaxy is a great tablet however it just didn’t work for me, there’s a reason why apple is ahead of the game in the tablet market.

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