Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Tablet showdown

Which is the better tablet -- Apple's iPad 2 or Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1v?

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.

Read our comprehensive iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v previews, and check out our guide to the best upcoming tablets in 2011.

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
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
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
Expandable memory None None Draw
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
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 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 iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Tablet showdown

Apple's iPad 2 is lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessor.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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It's sad that the Tablet market had descended to this already. Didn't we learn with Windows? Tablets are consumer devices so these specs, and the assumptions derived from them, mean nothing. The only thing that counts is how well the software works, nothing else, and right now Andriod has none.

Also the fallucy of Android openness has been quashed, Android 3.0 is now closed source so no more 'locked-in' Apple comments please as Android is no better. None of the perceived benefits of 'openness' with none of the advantages of a closed system. Android is a lose, lose scenario.




It's not android that's the's adroinds minions and their marketing ignorance.

OEM's promising features and functions but fail to ship them. OEM's hiring actors posing as real people getting real solutions from tablets that don't even turn on. Supposed benchmark tests claiming androids browser beats mSafari, even though they didn't use safari, they used their own proprietary IP based on safari framework.

OEM's think people are stupid, and try to point and Megarams, Ports, FourGees, Web Animation Encapsulation because most people don't understand HTML5 even though they are using it at their favorite web video repository.

Stop trying to beat the stupid iPad. Build something that does what it's customers want and tell them it does it, tell them why they will like it, show them, then ship it.

It's that simple.



Actually Android and IOS both have good and bad points. Slavish devotion to one or the other doesn't do anyone any good. Choice in the market does us all good ;-)



are you people dumb? ipad is the most awkward backward technology i have ever used, first off honeycomb 3 is closed off because its the basis of what the google pc os will be, bit dumb to open this up for every1 including their competitors to analize and steal, android is independent, you dont need to connect it to a computer just to use the basic functions, ie music while im not big on putting music on my tab, i just stream, i have a winamp app that allows me to sync my music from any pc via a wireless connection, i dont have to usb it and waste time, then if i want to share music its simple to sync with others, bit hard on the apple when one itunes is only allowed per device, i recently bought a zte my tab for 240 bucks, best thing i have ever bought, runs like a dream, yes i have customised it a bit like go launcher ex, which opens up my basic 2.1 to the htc layout, where one touch i can open share copy paste etc, there is a reason why android is leading the market and apple are starting to rethink things, and if you havent relised why by now, then you oviously dont like to accept new ways of thinking and doing things, your a sheep, following the group,...........right off a cliff



Personally, I think the Grid of Death iPad UI is a horrid user experience.

The snappiness is more a symptom of feature crippling than anything else.



The Galaxy seems to have evolved very quickly. Quite an even race by the look, a bit of something for everyone. Still a very young markey I would say though. Maybe by the end of the year their will be more to compare and talk about.

iOS is closed as in no device other than an Apple manufactured device can run it (or at least is allowed to run it). This is not true for Android - see the article above. It is still open enough for manufacturers to develop their own bits for it. It is still open enough for a user to install an app from any source they feel like. This is not true for iOS devices.

So yes - Apple IS a locked-in platform. Android is not. (you're getting 'proprietary' confused with 'locked-in' @McD).



Some of this info i noticed it overlooked, or wrong...

The new samsung tab (as it was redesigned a little over a week ago) is thinner and lighter than the ipad 2...

As well there is expandable memory, and honeycomb shows more promise as an OS than the mobile phone platform still on the ipad 2...

I am an apple fan, but i've been reading up on all of the specs, and I own an ipad 2, however i may be jumping ship when this comes out.

Ross Catanzariti


Hi Phoenix,

The model you are referring to is the new Galaxy Tab 10.1:

This will be released in Australia later in the year. It is thinner, has expandable memory and also has Samsung's TouchWiz UI overlay.

The model here is the Galaxy Tab 10.1v (the V standing for Vodafone as it is a Vodafone exclusive).

Not duped...


Ok, so this is clearly an Apple-biased 'review'...

More like propaganda. Don't be an idiot and skip over this site guys.



This review isn't very the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't have a miniSD port, but Samsung's specs claim that it does. BS review.



Michael - This review isn't very the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't have a miniSD port, but Samsung's specs claim that it does.

This review is about the Galaxy 10.1v not the new 10.1 to be released in June.
The Galaxy 10.1v does not have a MicroSD port but the new redesigned thinner Galaxy 10.1 does.



I don't know how iOS4 can be rated above Honeycomb. For me the biggest let down of the iPad was the fact that they didn't customise the OS to take advantage of the screen space - hence the term "Giant ipod touch". A real wasted opportunity.

Android was smart enough to bake proper multitasking in from the start (and make it available for developers)... unlike iOS's pseudo multitasking. The multitasking ability allows widget development, which feels right at home on a tablet. I'm glad Google specifically pointed out that pre-honeycomb versions of android weren't optimized for tablets, and set about creating a proper one.

kye rosendale


The Specs in your review also miss the fact that new TAB 10.1 is capable of HSPA+ 21.6MB/s while the IPAD2 IS HSDPA 7.2



Apple 2 uses iOS4 and Galaxy 10.1 uses Honeycomb hence the winner is iOS4? I was looking around trying to make sure I wasn't looking at an advertising by Apple.




As an iPad owner I am loving the galaxy tab. This device is obviously better than the iPad and that can only mean more competition and better devices in the future. Apple got a massive head start and has the brand recognition and fanboy factor on it's side but the competition is here well and truly. Samsung is a quality company and I hope it does well.



Galaxy is the loser. Samsung products are low quality. At least Apple makes good on its services, and offers high quality items. Samsung just sits back and tries to copy what Apple does. Their galaxy is just that, the copy of a shadow.



hello mike, i am not a computer expert nor i owned any of these two devices but i think the remark that u ve made is not 100% correct.....because sometimes it is better to sit back and see what the competitors do 1st rather than make the 1st move.

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