When you mention tablets it almost seems as if the category encompasses everyone but iPads. Individuals seem to view the iPad as being in a league of its own and everyone else is fighting for second place. However, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet might be the tablet that changes the perception of the masses. Boasting of a 10.1 in Display size (.4in bigger than the ipad2) and a price point that is certain to have many users second guessing their iPad purchase, the galaxy tablet is poised to to become a formidable foe.
For many the app store has been one of their biggest motivators for purchasing an iPad, as user you want the biggest bang for your buck. This has always been a big debate with our team of techies does more apps equate to bigger bang for you buck or does the hardware and share power behind he system warrant an argument for being a better bang for your buck?
For the purpose of this review we have taken the stance of arguing the facts (the value of an app can be very relative depending on the individual). For ease of comparison we have designed a table that puts the iPad and Galaxy Tablet headed to in analysis of which we allow you to choose (via commenting below) which one you think is best.
|Galaxy Tab 10.1||iPad 2 (WiFi only)|
|OS||Android Honeycomb 3.1||iOS 4.3.3|
|Processor||1Ghz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 with ARM Cortex 9 CPUs & GeForce GPU||1Ghz dual-core Apple A5|
|Memory||1GB RAM; 16GB flash storage||500MB RAM; 16GB flash storage|
|Display||10.1-in. (diag); 1280×800; 149 ppi||9.7-in. (diag); 1024×768; 132 ppi|
|Cameras||front 2MP; rear 3MP with 720p recording||front 0.3MP (640×480); rear 1MP (720p); 30fps recording on both|
|Video formats supported||H.264, H.263, XviD, WMV7/8, VP8, MP43, VC-1 format: 3GP (MP4), WMV (asf), AVI||H.264 with AAC-LC audio in .m4v, .mp4, .mov formats; MPEG-4 video in m4v, .mp4, .mov formats; M-JPEG with audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi format|
|Audio formats supported||MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, AMR, MID, IMY, WMA, Vorbis, RTTTL/RTX, OTA||HE-AAC (V1/V2), AAC, Protected AAC , MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV|
|Wireless||Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1||Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1|
|Location||GPS||Digital compass (no GPS on wifi-only models)|
|Expansion||Proprietary dock port (charging, usb, hdmi); 3.5mm audio in/out||Proprietary dock port (USB, sound, video, power); 3.5mm audio in/out|
|Battery||7000mAH 3.7V Li-polymer||6930mAH 3.8V Li-polymer|
|Dimensions||10.1 x 6.9 x 0.34 in||9.5 x 7.31 x 0.34 in|
|Weight||19.9 oz||21.3 oz|
|Default installed apps||Browser, Email, Gmail, Gallery, Maps, Books, Google Search, Google Talk, Voice Search, Latitude, Music Hub, Navigation, Places, Pulse, QuickOffice, YouTube, Music Player, Android Market, Samsung Apps||Mail, Safari Browser, iBooks, Videos, Photos, Find my iPad, iPod, iTunes, App Store, Maps, YouTube, Game Center, Notes, Calendar, Contacts, FaceTime, Photo Booth|
Without skewing the thought process of your decision, after looking at the specs side by side, I can’t help but feel that the next time I purchase a tablet the choice will not be as clear cut as it was a few month ago.