Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2 has finally in Australia, and it is predictably flying off the shelves. If you're not interested in Apple's tablet at all, there are some valid alternatives to the iPad 2, headed by the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v.
As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v has a 10.1in display with a resolution of 1280x800, meaning it will compete directly with the 9.7in iPad 2.
With this in mind, how does the Apple iPad 2 stack up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v when it comes to specifications?
Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Specifications
|Feature||Apple iPad 2||Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v||Verdict?|
|Operating system (OS)||Apple iOS 4||Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)||iPad 2|
|Display size||9.7in||10.1in||Galaxy Tab 10.1v|
|Display technology||Capacitive LED-backlit IPS||Capacitive TFT||iPad 2|
|Display resolution||1024x768 pixels||1280x800 pixels||Galaxy Tab 10.1v|
|Front camera||VGA||2 megapixels||Galaxy Tab 10.1v|
|Rear camera||0.7 megapixels, no flash||8 megapixels, single LED flash, autofocus||Galaxy Tab 10.1v|
|Video recording||Yes, 720p HD||Yes, 1080p HD||Galaxy Tab 10.1v||GPS||Yes||Yes||Draw|
|Internal memory||16GB, 32GB, or 64GB||16GB or 32GB||iPad 2|
|Dimensions||241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8mm||246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9mm||iPad 2|
|Weight||607g||600g||Galaxy Tab 10.1v|
|Application store||Apple App Store||Google Android Market||iPad 2|
|Processor||Apple A5 dual-core (1GHz)||NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core (1GHz)||Unknown|
|RAM||512MB||1GB||Galaxy Tab 10.1v|
|3G networks||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||Draw|
|Bluetooth||2.1 with A2DP||2.1 with A2DP||Draw|
|HDMI-out||No (Yes with optional digital AV adapter||No||iPad 2|
|Quoted battery life||Up to 10 hours||Up to 7 hours||iPad 2|
|Adobe Flash support||No||Yes||Galaxy Tab 10.1v|
Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Design and display
The new iPad 2 is faster, thinner and lighter than its predecessor. The iPad 2 is 33 per cent thinner than the original iPad, weighs 613g, and comes in both black and white models. The curved design of the back of the iPad 2 makes it comfortable to hold, and it is relatively thin given the size of its screen. The iPad 2 remains a little awkward to hold in both portrait or landscape layouts, so it's best to prop it up against an object.
Apple's iPad 2 is lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessor.