#1 Diplay Comparison - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet ComparisonIf the rumors are true, then the iPad display will be unmatched in the tablet world. It could feature a 2048x1536p resolution display where the individual pixels are impossible to distinguish at normal viewing distance. Samsung has also outdone themselves with the display on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 because it's the first Galaxy Tab to include the Super AMOLED Plus display. At 1280x800p resolution, it's bright and crystal clear. Can't go wrong on this feature.
#2 Apps - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet ComparisonGoogle has completely remade the Android Market into Google Play, but iPad apps are truly unique. No device other than the iPhone has a bigger or better selection of apps. Some iPad apps are expensive, but there is a huge selection of quality apps. Samsung does include a fair amount of their own apps with the TouchWiz software on the Galaxy Tab 7.7, and there's even a Samsung store for apps you won't find anywhere else.
#3 Size and Weight - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet ComparisonSamsung has made one of the thinnest lightest tablets around (7.9mm thick), though part of that is because the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is not a 10-inch device. It's lighter and thinner than iPad 3 will be, so it's better for carrying around or holding for long periods while reading.
#4 Streaming Content - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet ComparisonIf you like watching movies on your tablet or connecting it to an HDTV with a larger display, both devices can do so wirelessly. Samsung uses the AllShare app to stream to a DLNA supported television or Blu-ray player, so you'll have to check to see if yours is compatible. The iPad does the same thing, but only with the Apple TV. There are also accessories available that you can plug the devices into an HDTV with.
#5 Ports and Storage - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon#5 Ports and Storage - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet Comparison: Best New Tablet ComparisoniPad 3 should be available in 16, 32 and 64 gigabyte variants when it debuts, and the Galaxy Tab is the same. It does have a microSD card slot, however, something the iPad won't have. Galaxy Tab 7.7 can expand by up to 32 gigabytes. There's also a SIM card slot on the Galaxy Tab for using the cellular radio on the international version.
#6 Cameras - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet ComparisonGalaxy Tab can record in 720p HD with the rear-facing camera, and the front-facing camera includes two megapixel sensor. iPad 3 is rumored to be including camera upgrades, so we'll have to wait and see if Apple improves upon the 720p capable rear shooter the iPad 2 has. Perhaps it will enable 1080p resolution video capture.
#7 Operating Systems - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet ComparisonApple could debut iOS 5.1 as the system has already been sent out to developers. Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs the Android 3.2 system, but should get an Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime after April 1.
#8 Siri vs Voice Calls - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet ComparisonWe don't know if iPad 3 will include Siri, but voice calls can be made on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 unlocked version. Verizon wants buyers to purchase a separate data plan with the tablet, so they've disabled this feature.
#9 4G LTE - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet ComparisonOne rumor we believe is the iPad 3 will feature 4G LTE support. You'd still have to buy the data plan, but at least you wouldn't have to sign a two-year contract. This is strictly a premium feature, however, so most people will have no problem using Wi-Fi.
#10 CPU - Apple iPad 3 (iPad HD?) vs Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Best New Tablet ComparisoniPad 3 is rumored to be including an all new quad-core processor, but we think Apple is happy with the dual-core system in use on the iPad 2. The Galaxy Tab is using a 1.5GHz dual-core system, and it's snappy and responsive to all but the most graphically intense games.
Apple and Samsung are engaged in a tech titan battle of smartphones and tablets, and two of their best are compared here as the iPad 3 or iPad HD release is close at hand. Samsung's Verizon only Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a solid, if expensive, device that could be perfect for someone not looking for a full size tablet. If the iPad 3 debuts with at 9.7-inch screen like the iPad 2, that would make it slightly larger than the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
There are a couple of features that make the Galaxy Tab 7.7 unique. It runs on the Verizon 4G LTE network, but that is an expensive deal with the contract and extra data rates. It's $500 on contract. It can even make voice calls, but you'd have to buy the unlocked international version because Verizon has disabled that feature. Apple will likely debut the 16 gigabyte Wi-Fi version of the iPad 3 at $500, so unless you don't mind signing another contract with Verizon, you'll be paying more for your Galaxy Tab 7.7.
For those who want a slick tablet that is super portable and can even make phone calls (with or without bluetooth!), we recommend the international version of the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Of course, if you need the 4G connection, you can do that too. For anyone else, the iPad should be tremendous whether it's the iPad 3 or just the iPad HD. Start the slideshow to see how these two mighty devices measure up. Tell us in the comments if you think Samsung has finally found the best tablet size at 7.7-inches.