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Comparison - Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

March 24, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

23 March 2012 - While we wait for the iPad 3 to get official here in Malaysia, we thought we would bring out the new Galaxy Tab 2 instead and set it against the more affordable iPad 2. The iPad 2 is slightly dated, but holds its own against the brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

Aside from the fact they share a large slate design, they are both powered by dual-core 1GHz processors. There is also HSPA, WiFi support, and Bluetooth support on both tablets.  But those similarities aside, you’ll notice that there is a difference in their screen sizes - the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a 10.1-inch device, while the iPad 2 is a 9.7-inch.

The bigger screen on the Galaxy Tab 2 has more pixels too, Samsung managed to fit in 800 x 1280 pixels into that TFT capacitive touchscreen which is also protected by a Gorilla Glass. The iPad 2 has 768 x 1024 pixels on the IPS TFT screen.

The Tab 2 is lighter at 588 grams compared to the 601 grams of the iPad 2. However, the iPad 2 is thinner at 8.8mm compared to the 9.7mm Tab 2. The iPad 2’s design is similar to a magazine’s, while the Galaxy Tab 2 feels like an elongated novel.

Samsung carried over the GSM capability from the original Tab, meaning the Tab 2 can also send text messages, MMS and do voice calls. In addition to GSM, the Tab 2 supports WiFi Direct and WiFi Hotspot functionality too.

The Galaxy Tab 2 is powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), while the iPad 2 originally came with iOS 4 but it is now upgradeable to iOS 5.1.

While both tablets come with a similar dual-core processor, the iPad 2 has 512MB RAM but the Galaxy Tab 2 has 1GHz RAM. There are three internal memory (16, 32 and 64GB) variants on the iPad 2, while the Galaxy Tab 2 has 16 and 32GB variants that are equipped with a microSD card slot.

There is a pair of cameras on both devices - the iPad 2 has VGA camera on the front and 0.7-megapixel on the back. On the other hand, the Samsung Tab 2 has a 3.2-megapixel camera that records 1080p video and it comes with another VGA camera in front.

We don’t have the Tab 2’s pricing yet.  Meanwhile, the iPad 2 had a recent price cut and its 16GB (WiFi + 3G) is currently priced at S$698.  The iPad2 with WIFI only is now priced at S$528.

As we mentioned earlier, the iPad 2 currently has a lower price point, and there are plenty of hardware and software options that made it such a popular tablet. But is the price point alone enough to tear your away from a brand new device?  If practically is your main concern then yes. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a few minor upgrades compared to the original Tab. So with its lower price point, the iPad 2 is a sensible purchase.

But Samsung fans that have yet to get their hand on the original Tab 10.1, the Tab 2 is a good buy with its slightly larger screen that comes with more pixels, a better camera and Android 4.0 operating system.

Apple iPad 2 

HSPA + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 9.7-inch touchscreen, dual-core processor, 0.7-megapixel camera, 16/32/64GB, iOS 5.1

The Apple iPad 2 is the successor of the Apple iPad that promises a thinner and faster tablet than the original Apple iPad. The key highlights of the Apple iPad 2 are the dual-core processor and the two cameras in the front and back of the tablet. Its thickness has dropped from 13.4mm to 8.8mm from the original Apple iPad and its weight fell from 680 to 589 grams too. 

With the dual-cameras in the Apple iPad 2, users can use FaceTime to perform video calls.

The back camera shoots 0.7-megapixel quality pictures, and the front has a 0.3-megapixel camera. The Apple iPad 2 has two variants - WiFi and 3G + WiFi. Each variant has an internal memory capacity of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB to choose from.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + WiFi Hotspot, 10.1-inch touchscreen, dual-core processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, 16/32GB + MicroSD slot, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Samsung introduced the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, after unveiling the 7-inch variant of the Galaxy Tab 2.

Both the 10.1-inch and 7-inch models share similar hardware specifications, including a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3-megapixel camera, a front facing camera and Android 4.0. Unfortunately, the 10.1-inch model uses a PLS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution pixels instead of a Super AMOLED display which can be found on the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

The tablet covers most basic connectivity options, including HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G Model), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. It is packed with a 7000 mAh battery and comes with either 16/32GB internal storage. It also accepts microSD cards up to 32GB.

Like its 7-inch brother, the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) is available in 3G and WiFi version and will be launched globally.

Read more about Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) :

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