gGadget > Galaxy® Tab vs iPad: Tablet Review and Best Deals
The iPad 2’s most fierce Android competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Despite the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s extraordinary specs, it still hasn’t quite caught up to the iPad in terms of popularity. The Samsung Galaxy Tab vs iPad debate is something we can expect to go on for a while, as both Samsung and Apple seem poised to be the top tablet makers of 2012. If you’re currently trying to decide between the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad, here’s some important information about their similarities and differences:
Both tablets are .34 inches thick, which makes them two of the thinnest tablets on the market. The iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab allow for easy access to Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, YouTube, and all the other major sources of online entertainment. Both the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab come with a highly efficient web browser, calendar app, and email program. Downloading eBooks on both devices is no problem.
The Galaxy Tab gives you entry to the Android app market, and the iPad 2 gives you entry to the iPad app store. These different app stores are comparable in terms of what they offer. The iPad 2 has a 1GHz dual-core processor, and so does the Galaxy Tab. The processing speeds of the tablets are similarly fast and satisfying for users. The entry-level 16GB iPad 2 is around $50 more expensive than the 16GB Galaxy Tab, but the tablets can be considered in the same price range.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab actually beats the iPad in a number of ways. The Galaxy Tab comes with 1GB of RAM, and the iPad only comes with 500MB of RAM. The Galaxy Tab’s display is larger at 10.1 inches than the iPad’s display at 9.7 inches. Despite having a larger display, the Galaxy Tab weighs less than the iPad. It weighs 19.9 oz, while the iPad weighs in at 21.3 oz. Additionally, the Galaxy Tab WiFi only model has access to GPS. iPad models that are WiFi only do not offer GPS features. The Galaxy Tab’s battery is 7000 mAH, and the iPad’s is only 6930 mAH. So, the Galaxy Tab stays charged longer.
There are a number of reasons you might want to buy the Galaxy Tab instead of the iPad 2. However, you may want to consider that many reviewers believe the iPad is a little easier to use than the Galaxy Tab. Android tablets are notoriously less user-friendly than the iPad, and the Galaxy Tab is no exception. iPad sales are likely to remain sky high until Samsung or one of the other tablet makers comes out with a tablet that is as easy to use as the iPad.
Ultimately, only you can decide who the winner is in the iPad vs. Galaxy tab competition. Since these two tablets are quite possibly the best on the market, you’ll likely be satisfied no matter which one you choose!