Despite its failure last year, Samsung has come out with a new tablet -- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- in record time.
The reviews so far have been very positive with few of them saying the tablet can compete with Apple iPad 2 in terms of features, if not in the market share.
Verizon Wireless will sell 4G LTE version of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 from the second half of this month.
Here is a comparison between Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet has a dimension of 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm and weighs 565g compared to Apple iPad 2’s 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm dimension and weight of 607 g. Samsung tablet is lighter and thinner.
When it comes to display Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 10.1-inch 800 x 1280 pixels PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen. Apple iPad 2 has 9.7-inch 768 x 1024 pixels LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen.
The input features found in Galaxy Tab are TouchWiz UX UI, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor and touch sensitive controls. And Apple iPad 2 has fingerprint scratch resistant oleophobic surface, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and three-axis gyro sensor.
Apple iPad 2 comes with a 512 MB RAM whereas Galaxy Tab has 1 GB RAM but both the tablets have internal storage of 16/32/64 GB.
Samsung’s tablet has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band and Wi-Fi hotspot support along with Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP and USB version 2.0. Apple’s tablet has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support along with Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP, EDR and USB version 2.0.
The camera found in Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 3.15-megapixel, 2048x1536 pixels primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging. And it can record video at 720p and also features a secondary 2-megapixel camera.
Apple iPad 2 has a 0.7-megapixel 960 x 720 pixels camera which can record videos at 720p along with a secondary VGA camera.
The sleek Samsung Galaxy Tab will have Android OS version 3.0 (Honeycomb) whereas Apple iPad 2 has the iOS 4.
Apple iPad 2’s 900 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU Apple A5 chipset processor must hold its nerves against Samsung Galaxy Tab’s powerful dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 ULP GeForce GPU Tegra 2 chipset processor.
Apple iPad 2 comes with standard Li-Po 6930 mAh (25 Wh) battery which lasts up to 10 h compared to Galaxy Tab’s Li-Po 7000 mAh battery giving close to 10 h of video playback.
The common features found in both these tablets include Email, Push Mail, IM, HTML browser (Apple has Safari browser), A-GPS, digital compass, TV-out and Google Maps.
Few other features found in Apple iPad 2 include MP4/MP3/WAV/AAC player, iBooks PDF reader, audio and video player. Samsung Galaxy Tab has extra features like RSS, Java MIDP emulator, SNS integration, MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/OGG player, organizer, image and video editor, Quickoffice HD editor and viewer, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration, Adobe Flash 10.2 support, voice memo and swipe predictive text input.
Apple still gets the nod in terms of quality of materials. The aluminum back of the iPad 2 is unbeatable but the Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch is lighter and bit more rugged and little more comfortable to hold.
According to reports, Verizon Wireless will sell a 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $529.99 and a 32GB version for $629.99. Also pre-Order for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi Tablet starts at $499 making it available in similar range as that of Apple iPad 2.
Also the latest press release on the tablet showed that American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, plans to deploy 6,000 of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices onboard select flights beginning later this year.
The tablets will replace the airline’s current personal entertainment device on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles in 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft; international flights to and from Europe and South America in 767-300 aircraft; and transcontinental flights departing from Boston to Los Angeles in 757 aircraft, the release said.