Differences Between iPad and Galaxy Tab

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab is off to a great start. It sold over 600, 000 units since its official release and that means there is definite demand for an iPad alternative.  It could also mean that it’s just the “new kid on the block” and thus there are a lot of folks wanting to try it out.  We dug around and wanted to present you with some of the main differences between the Galaxy Tab and the iPad (with current iOS 4.2 software).

Galaxy Tab Vs. iPad

There are definitely a few differences between the new Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad.  This is good for you to know if you are going to be making a decision any time soon.  One thing to keep in mind is that all of the newcomers to the tablet computer world will each have their own advantages and disadvantages.  So beware of the hype.

Tablets = iPad

One thing the iPad has going for it is brand recognition.  But it goes further than that.  Do you use a Kleenex or a tissue? You probably say, “I need a Kleenex”.  Kleenex is actually a brand name but we use the name as if it were the actual product.  Same thing goes with tablet computers.  No one is saying “tablet”, they are saying “iPad” and this remains true even though others are arriving.  This is important because eventually everything is just an “iPad” in consumer’s minds.

We did a comparison of the Galaxy Tab and the iPad back in September so if you want to see the tech specs it’s all in the article.

Pricing

One major difference you will want to know about the two is the price.  In the end, the Galaxy Tab will cost you more (for a smaller device).  And speaking of size, while the Galaxy Tab is smaller, it is still not quite feasible to fit in your pocket.   Another point about price?  If you have been using iTunes and other Apple-related technologies for any length of time then you have invested a lot.  You won’t be using all that Apple technology with the Tab – so be prepared.  And if this is the case then it should be much cheaper.

Design

The other major difference is the look and feel.  The Galaxy tab is in that odd position of looking like an outdated PDA.  It just does not have that quality and sophistication that the iPad has.  It is really kind of a hybrid phone/tablet.  That might be fine for a lot of consumers but it is definitely where the iPad has the upper hand.

Multimedia

Finally, one other difference that the iPad has with the Galaxy Tab is the ability to rent TV shows and movies directly on the device.  With the iPad and iOS 4.2 you can easily rent and watch TV/Movies right through the iTunes app which makes is very convenient.  Plus, there is a 30-day viewing window.

More similarities and differences will emerge in the weeks to come but these are a few that stand out.

Do these differences mean much to you? Are you sticking with the iPad or venturing out to check out the Galaxy Tab?

Comments

  1. Eric Bjerke says:

    I’ve played with it a couple of times at Best Buy. It seems OK. I don’t know why it needs to be smaller. Shane is right, it doesn’t fit in your pocket, so why make it smaller.

    1. Shane says:

      Yeah I had the same reaction Eric – it was “ok” but I certainly would not be spending $600 on one. I think the competition is healthy but for me, the Galaxy Tab just isn’t really doing it. The PlayBook might be different though.

  2. Adam says:

    Size – the tab definately fits in your pocket. Maybe not the front pockets of your jeans, but easily in the inner pocket of any jacket or coat! Actually, the tab is just the right size to comfortably hold in one hand for extended periods of time, unlike the pad…

    Price – why would the tab cost more than the pad? All in all, they’re priced pretty similarly. The only way the tab would end up costing you more is because it can actually function as a mobile phone = phone bill, but that’s hardly a minus! Another point about pricing? If you HAVEN’T been using Apple technology, you won’t have to invest a lot when chosing the tab over the pad. It works both ways, remember…?

    Design: Odd, I find the tab to look rather sleek. The pad is very nice to look at too – a bit more squarish where the tab is nice and rounded, but otherwise remarkably similar. Rip off? Perhaps, but who cares? Whether you like the look of one or the other is a matter of taste, but to say that the pad clearly holds the upper hand is ridiculous…

    Multimedia: With the pad you have access to iTunes. With the tab you have access to everything else. It may be less confusing with the pad, but it’s also a whole lot more of a straightjacket! And how about the pad not having 3g connectivity, at least not yet? And how about the pad not showing flash? And how about the pad not having a camera for videocalls?

    Conclusion: Both the pad and the tab have certain advantages over each other, depending on how you prefer to use them, but one thing’s for sure – this review is so ridiculously Apple-fanboyish it’s hard to believe!

  3. Khalid says:

    Thank you Shane, Eric and Adam,
    I have learned two things ..
    the differences between Tab and Pad …
    Also, your English writing is too helpful for non-English speaker.

    1. Shane says:

      Khalid. Thank you much. I am very happy to have you as a reader and thank you for the compliment.

      1. jjjj says:

        apple all the way!!!!!!

  4. jjjj says:

    galaxy is okay but man the apple is AWUSEM

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