Apple iPad2 and Samsung Galaxy tab compared

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As its now confirmed that Apple is going to launch iPad 2 on April 29 in India and most of the Apple Fan boys in India are excited about this news. Those who can afford it are going to have their hand on Apple iPad 2 as soon as possible.

Apple iPad2 and Samsung Galaxy tab compared 1

Today we will try to compare side by side Apple Ipad  with Samsung Galaxy Tab which is quite popular in India as it was a great alternative to Apple iPad as Apple released iPad 1 in India almost 9 months late than US.

Apple iPad2 and Samsung Galaxy tab compared 2

Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G

Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab

General2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
SizeDimensions241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm190.1 x 120.5 x 12 mm
Weight607 g380 g
DisplayTypeLED-backlit IPS TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsTFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size768 x 1024 pixels, 9.7 inches600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches
– Fingerprint/scratch resistant oleophobic surface– Gorilla Glass display
– Multi-touch input method– TouchWiz UI
– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate– Multi-touch input method
– Three-axis gyro sensor– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Three-axis gyro sensor
– Touch-sensitive controls
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
– Swype text input
Sound
LoudspeakerYesYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYesYes
MemoryPhonebookPractically unlimited entries and fieldsPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call recordsN/APractically unlimited
Internal16/32/64 GB storage, 512 MB RAM16/32 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
Card slotNomicroSD, up to 32GB
DataGPRSYesYes
EDGEYesYes
3GHSDPA; HSUPAHSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDRYes, v3.0 with A2DP
Infrared portNoNo
USBYes, v2.0Yes, v2.0 (proprietary)
CameraPrimary0.7 MP, 960 x 720 pixels3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
FeaturesNoGeo-tagging
VideoYes, 720p@30fpsYes, 720×480@30fps
SecondaryYes, VGAYes, 1.3 MP
FeaturesOSiOS 4Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)
CPU900 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, Apple A5 chipsetARM Cortex A8 processor, 1 GHz processor; PowerVR SGX540 graphics
MessagingEmail, Push Email, IMSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
BrowserHTML (Safari)HTML
RadioNoNo
GamesDownloadable, incl. motion-basedYes
ColorsSilverBlack and Grey
GPSYes, with A-GPS supportYes, with A-GPS support
JavaNoYes, via Java MIDP emulator
– Digital compass– Social networking integration
– MP4/MP3/WAV/AAC player– Digital compass
– Up to 10h movie playback– Full HD video playback
– iBooks PDF reader– Up to 7h movie playback
– Google Maps– TV-out
– TV-out– MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– Audio/video player– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Thinkfree Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
– Readers/Media/Music Hub
– Adobe Flash 10.1 support
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Po 6930 mAh (25 Wh)Standard battery, Li-Po 4000 mAh
Stand-byUp to 720 h
Talk timeUp to 10 hUp to 28 h (2G) / Up to 25 h 30 min (3G)

I have tried to highlight the major differences between the two in terms of specifications only. Some of the majo differences include screen size, availability of card slot to add expandable memory,  Camera , battery talk time and Processor.

Galaxy tab is based on Android 2.2 while iPad 2 is on iOS 4. Availability of  a vast App store is a major advantage for Apple iPad 2 compared to Galaxy tab.

I would love to hear some feedback from some real users as I am still far away from having one of these on my own.

PS:- I have not used both these tablets i.e Galaxy tab or iPad 2. I have just compared the specifications side by side.


A Mechanical Design Engineer by profession, but passionate about Computers, software and anything that helps to learn something new or different. Love to do things which i don't know and dive into unknown territories.

Discussion5 Comments

  1. Galaxy Tab has Android, I-Pad has not, the table is wrong. May be there are more mistakes.
    Redo the table.
    Thanks

    • Thanx for pointing out. Looks like I have misplaced the two titles of iPad 2 & Samsung galaxy tab and they got interchanged. I just corrected that.

  2. The original 7″ Galaxy Tab doesn’t stand anywhere in front of iPad 2 which is truly a magical device. You should have compared it with the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 or Tab 10.1.

  3. La camara del ipad2 es horrible, saquei una con los dos equipos, el samsung la cualidad es rebuena, mientras el ipad es igual una VGA. La tv digital e analogica tambien es una gran diferencia, sirve tambien como telefono, el precio del samsung es bien mejor e la cualidad tambien, ipad es apenas um mombre.

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