Apple has finally introduced the new iPad, which will begin shipping from March 19. Apple’s rival – Samsung, on the other hand, has also stretched its Galaxy lineup with two more tablets – Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1. Will the new iPad pose a threat to Samsung tablets or will it be the other way round?
Apple has addressed every weakness of iPad 2 in its new release. And though we didn’t get the quad-core A6 processor, which we were hoping for, Apple packed the new tablet with a quad-core graphics chip to complement the new iPad’s Retina display (2048 X 1536 pixels resolution). This will make the new tablet something outstanding and unmatched in graphics.
Apple and Samsung have been fighting a cold war ever since the latter launched its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab tablet. At the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple revealed its third generation tablet, CEO Tim Cook used Galaxy Tab as an example to show how iPad excels over the Android tablet in terms of social networking. Using Samsung’s product by Apple cheesed off the South Korean based company and they also released a comparison chart (the same day) showing how Galaxy Note 10.1 is better than the new iPad.
The comparison chart is mainly focused Stylus Pen usability and Note’s ability to run two apps side by side. Users can also work on both apps at a same time. Stylus Pen is 10 times more accurate than ordinary capacitive screens and is specially designed for Note taking and precise image editing purposes.
Leaving marketing blurbs aside, here’s an unbiased comparison between Galaxy Tab 2 10.1/Galaxy Note 10.1 and the new iPad in detail.
It was widely rumored that the new iPad will equip a quad-core processor. But somehow we missed the feature in the new release. The new iPad boasts a dual-core A5X processor. Here “X” stands for quad-core graphics. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Note 10-1-inch tablets, on the other hand, are fitted with dual-core 1 GHz/1.4 GHz Cortex A9 processor. A5X processor is much superior to Cortex A9 and hence the winner in this section is iPad.
The new iPad is a clear winner in display section too. And why not? No other tablet in the world features such an amazing screen. Apple has packed a crazy number of pixels in the 9.7-inch screen. The full HD resolution (2048x1536 pixels) produces stunning quality images. The new iPad packs 264 pixels per inch (ppi). In comparison, the Galaxy brothers’ 10.1-inch display (with 1280x800 pixels resolution) packs 149 ppi.
Apple’s new creation is 4G compatible and is the first tablet to feature Bluetooth v4.0. As for Samsung, it is surprising that its new tablets may lack 4G compatibility. As for Bluetooth technology, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has Bluetooth v3.0 and Galaxy Note 10.1 has Bluetooth v2.1. iPad clearly defeats the Galaxy brothers in connectivity department.
Apple is going the extra mile by borrowing the iPhone 4S camera module and packing it in the new iPad. The 5 megapixel camera is capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 fps. However, the camera lacks flash support. There is also a secondary camera in the device for FaceTime – the video chatting app. In comparison, the Samsung tablets have feature the same 3.15 megapixel rear-facing shooter with 1080p recording capability at 30fps. Due to lower pixels, the capture quality is not as awesome as the new iPad, making Apple the winner in camera section.
The third generation iPad runs on iOS 5.1, which is an improvised version of iOS 5 with few more added features like iCloud integration, improved Twitter integration, iPhoto, etc.
Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 runs on the latest Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Apple’s mobile platform is better for business users but Android platform offers more customization. So, it’s a draw here.
All in all, the new iPad is outperforming Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 in nearly every aspect. The new Apple tablet will also come packed with some killer apps, including voice dictation, Apple Care+, iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie.
The early launch of the new iPad (March 16) could also spoil the party of the Galaxy tablets as it will help Apple steal a lead over Samsung and tighten its stranglehold over the tablet market.
However, dismiss the Galaxy tablets at your own risk. Especially Galaxy Note 10.1. The phablet boasts of useful features like running two apps at a time, side by side, and an S-pen stylus that is 10 times more accurate with 255 levels of pressure sensitivity than normal capacitive screens. The super-sensitive stylus could make the virtual keyboard a thing of the past, as it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the tablet users and is certain to appeal to corporate executives and students alike.
(Reported by Johnny Wills, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)