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?

Like the Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v is made from sturdy feeling plastic and features a carbon-like finish on the rear. This adds a touch of style, and makes the tablet easy to grip. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v feels well constructed but manages to remain lightweight at 599g.

The 9.7in display of the iPad 2 is bright, crisp and clear and really brings content to life, particularly photos and videos. Though the iPad has the same oleophobic screen coating as the iPhone 4, its larger size means a few taps on the display quickly results in a grubby mess that is hard to clean. The iPad 2 also has another serious flaw — its display is virtually impossible to see in direct sunlight, which is a huge issue on a device that's designed for portability and travel.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v has a slightly larger display at 10.1in, but has the same fingerprint and sunlight legibility issues as the iPad 2. It's responsive to touch and smooth to tap, but the iPad 2 feels that little bit zippier during general use.

Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Software and performance

The iPad 2 runs Apple's iOS4 operating system. It offers a familiar swipeable home screen enhanced by folders, and the consistent Apple UI look and feel extending across all of the standard applications. If you have never used an iPad before, you can expect a device that is easy to pick up and use, a well-populated App Store, and excellent multimedia capabilities. Web browsing is fast and efficient, and the iPad 2 is also a great device for viewing photos, watching videos and listening to music.

Though the streamlined iPad experience has won many fans, Apple's closed platform means the iPad 2 doesn't offer the same flexibility as Android tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1v. In particular, the iPad 2 has an inferior notification system to Android tablets, and Apple doesn't allow you to customise and display live widgets on the iPad 2 home screen. By the same token, the iPad 2 interface and overall user experience are far more polished than what is currently on offer from Android tablets. The iPad 2 feels much faster and smoother than any Android tablet we've tested.

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

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v runs Android 3.0 "Honeycomb", which offers a completely redesigned interface aiming to take advantage of the larger screen of a tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v runs Android 3.0 "Honeycomb", a new version of the Android platform that is optimised for tablet devices. Android 3.0 has a completely redesigned interface that aims to take advantage of the larger screen of a tablet. These new UI features include an "action bar", a contextual option group displayed at the top of the screen, five customisable home screens, recent apps for easier multitasking, a redesigned on-screen keyboard, a new browser and an improved copy and paste function. Android 3.0 Honeycomb also includes tabbed Web browsing, and support for 3D graphics. The new Android software for tablets is improving, but still lacks the polished and slick feel of the iPad 2.

Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Other features

The Apple iPad 2 is powered by a dual-core processor called the A5. Apple claims the processor doubles the speed of the iPad 2 and makes graphics processing up to nine times faster. Apple hasn't specified the amount of RAM the iPad 2 has, but it is generally assumed to be 512MB.

The Apple iPad 2 also includes two cameras; one facing the front of the tablet, the other rear-facing. The rear camera records 720p HD video, and takes still photographs, but both cameras have low specifications — the front camera is VGA, while the rear camera is just 0.7 megapixels. Both cameras can be used with Apple's FaceTime video chat application, which debuted on the iPhone 4.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v Android tablet has a significantly better 8-megapixel rear camera on its rear that doubles as a 1080p HD video recorder, and a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v is also powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, but, like the iPad 2, it has no microSD card slot for extra storage. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, but uses a proprietary charging and synchronising port; the same port used on the original Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v also has one other significant advantage over the iPad 2 — its Web browser can display Flash video content.

The Apple iPad 2 is available through Apple retail stores and select authorised resellers. The iPad 2 is slightly cheaper than the original iPad, starting at $579 for the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi version.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v will be available for a limited time only, both online and in selected Vodafone stores. The device costs $729 as an outright purchase which includes 6GB data with a three month expiry, or a $259 upfront payment, plus $39 per month over 12 months. The latter includes 1.5GB of data per month.

What do you think about the Apple iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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17 Comments

McD

1

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.

McD

BKing

2

It's not android that's the problem....it'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.

Anthony

3

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 ;-)

Robdog

4

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

tom

5

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.

Ace

6

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).

Phoenix

7

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

8

Hi Phoenix,

The model you are referring to is the new Galaxy Tab 10.1: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/broadband/samsung/galaxy_tab_10_1/380741

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...

9

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

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

Michael

10

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

LM

11

Michael - This review isn't very accurate....claims 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.

PK

12

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

13

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

ND

14

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.

Idiot!!!!!!!

Haddds

15

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.

Mike

16

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.

lidya

17

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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