Comparison - Apple iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab
The 10-inch iPad means you’ll be hefting around a 680g device but the Galaxy Tab at 380g is definitely easier to slip into a bag and carry around. The Apple iPad incorporates a touch-sensitive display that boasts a resolution of 768x1024 pixels. Samsung’s 7-inch screen is pretty decent at its size, and has a resolution of 600x1024 pixels. The iPad’s display performs looks better and the larger display is more satisfying to look at.
The iPad relies on internal memory and varies from 16 to 64GB, but the Galaxy Tab has both 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot which supports up to 32GB as well. The Galaxy Tab includes both a 3-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing cam for videoconferencing. It will even capture 720p HD video. Of course, the iPad isn’t built with a camera.
Performance-wise, the Apple's A4 processor is derived from the same A8 Cortex 'Hummingbird' CPU the Galaxy Tab uses. So it’s hard to separate them performance-wise, but the Galaxy runs Android 2.2 and has Flash 10.1 support. The Galaxy Tab has the advantage of making voice calls too. However, the iPad is support by the App Store and its many apps.
Pricing-wise, we’ll compare an iPad that has the similar specs with the Galaxy Tab, which is the 32GB WiFi + 3G model. The iPad will run you RM1899, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab will go up to RM2199. The iPad’s extra models will give you a better grip on your budget, so we’ll hand the iPad the win on this one.
It's easy to dismiss the Galaxy Tab as a larger Android but peel away the layers – and the Tab is able punch above its weight technologically – with the camera and microSD slot. However, peeling your eyes from the aesthetics of the iPad will be a challenge.
Apple iPad (RM 1199-2199 depending on storage)
The Apple iPad looks like a larger iPod Touch, with 9.7 inch screen LCD touch-screen display, which makes use of the same multitouch technology found on the iPhone, Magic Mouse and trackpads. The OS has full touch support and an on-screen QWERTY keyboard, and an accelerometer, built in Wi-Fi. The device has a home button, volume rocker and a mute button- similar to the iPhone. There’s 1GHz processor chip.
Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. The iPad will come in 16, 32 and 64GB - respectively this will be the Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G version.
March 2011 pricing for iPads in Malaysia, go here.
Samsung Galaxy Tab (RM2199)
The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo), and has a SIM slot meaning you can make voice calls and send text messages from the device.
There is a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. There's also a front facing camera for video calls over 3G. The Galaxy Tab’s screen is a 7-inch capacitive TFT display (1024x600), and weighs 380g.
Android supports Adobe Flash 10.1, Swype predictive texting application and Hybrid Widget ThinkFree Office programme that allows office documents to be edited. There is support for Google Mail, Google Maps, and other Google services. The tablet is also an e-book reader, Samsung claims there are already 2 million books and 1,600 newspapers available at launch.
The tablet has 16GB on-board memory and supports a 32GB external memory slot. Plenty of connectivity options on the Galaxy Tab, from HSDPA 7.2Mbps, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 to EDGE and GPRS. There is also Cortex A8 1.0 GHz processor. There's also an accelerometer and GPS support.