Apple iPad 2 will be able to survive the onslaught of Android Honeycomb-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is being dubbed as the best Android tablet ever.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was made available nationwide last Friday, is the latest Android tablet pitted against the iPad 2.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 boasts of being thinner and lighter than the iPad 2 and comes with 10.1-inch screen (in a 16:10 ratio with a higher resolution than the iPad 2), 1080p HD video playback (720p HD video recording), and a better camera. The best thing about Galaxy Tab 10.1, however, is the new Android Honeycomb OS, which promises better animations, faster response and overall improved UI.
These amazing specs, however, may not be good enough to halt the iPad 2 sensation.
Here are 3 reasons why:
Thin and Light? - Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 0.2 mm thinner and 0.09 lb lighter. Wow.
If Samsung is thinking that being the thinnest (by 0.2 mm) and the lightest (0.09 lb) would be the deciding factor for tablet buyers, then they may have to consider a different marketing strategy. Thickness of a regular paper that you grab out of your printer would be around 0.1 mm. Hence, 0.2 mm difference is a mere technical difference and not real-world difference.
Display: Galaxy Tab 10.1's 16:10 screen ratio is good for watching movies only and nothing else.
Samsung is proud to have a 16:10 ratio screen, which would be good for – let’s say watching a widescreen movie. But what else is it good for? Try typing on the on-screen keyboard with the device rotated horizontally and you may think twice about buying the device.
Apps: Quantity but not quality
The app availability and market for Android is growing in numbers that could make users feel like it has equal or better selection than Apple apps. But the quality of the apps in Android Market is not the same as those in Apple App Store.
In conclusion, Galaxy Tab 10.1 has impressive specs and could easily be considered as the best Android-based tablet so far. But it's not good enough to beat the iPad 2. Especially if the Galaxy Tab 10.1's price is listed at the same $499. Period.