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The Tablet Tussle - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. Apple iPad 2

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Apple have just introduced their new, second generation iPad, the iPad 2. With this move, the tablet tussle has just tightened further this year. While there are a lot more tablets looming large on the horizon, the main fight right now is between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Apple iPad 2. Which of these is better and why?

Here is a comparison between the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Design and Weight

The latest Galaxy Tab comes with a fabulous 10.1 inch display, while the Apple iPad 2 includes a 9.7 inch display. Both weigh the same, that is, 1.3 pounds. But the difference here is that that Galaxy Tab measures approximately 0.43 inches depth-wise, while the iPad 2 measures 0.34 inches.

Resolution

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with 1280x800 resolution, while the iPad 2 offers 1024x768 resolution. But considering the size of the screens, the resolution of both the devices is relatively more or less the same. There is hence not much to compare here.

Processor Power

The iPad 2 comes with the powerful new dual-core 1GHz A5 processor, which makes the device much faster than imaginable.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is also powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor. Interestingly, the A4 chip used in the original Apple iPad had been designed by Samsung, which is known and acknowledged to be the largest part manufacturer for Apple.

Operating System

The Apple iPad 2 runs iOS 4.3, which makes the browser much faster. Besides, this version of the iPad brings with its enhanced AirPlay and iTunes Home Sharing features. iOS 4.3 also provides  an improved version of Apple’s proprietary Nitro JavaScript, meaning that the program runs faster on all iOS-based devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs Android 3.0, also referred to as Honeycomb. This gives it powerful and effortless multitasking and easily customizable widgets.

Memory-Wise

The Apple iPad 2 offers a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal memory. The Galaxy Tab, on the other hand, offers only two choices, 16GB and 32GB.

Neither Apple nor Samsung have so far revealed the RAM on their latest devices. So we will have to await more information on that.

Camera

Both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 come with 2 cameras. The former includes an 8MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing camera. Apple have yet to reveal specifications on their cameras.

Additionally, Samsung is believed to be offering 1080p video capture support on its new device.

Battery Life

The Apple iPad offers 10 hours of battery life. There are no details yet on the battery life of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. But we all know that Android 3.0 would offer enhanced battery life in tablets running its OS. The Motorola Xoom also offers 10 hours of battery life, so maybe we can expect the same with the latest Galaxy Tab too.

Pricing

The pricing is the vital aspect of difference between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Apple iPad 2. The iPad 2 is priced at $499 for the most basic 16GB WiFi version. The price for the best 64GB WiFi + 3G model is $829.

Android 3.0 tablets have so far been quite expensive. The Motorola Xoom, for instance, is priced at $599 with a 2-year contract and at $799 without contract. The 32GB WiFi + 3G model of the iPad 2 costs only $729.

Considering the above aspect, one has to wonder if the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be priced competitively enough.

In Conclusion

While both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Apple iPad 2 come with their unique advantages and disadvantages, only time will tell us which of these will end up as the ruler of the Tablet World.

What is your take on this subject? Who do you think will emerge the winner here? Share your thoughts here.

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