Samsung is at it again with their new Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 vs the iPad 2. In response to the popularity of the newest iPad, they have announced two newer versions of their tablet, the Galaxy Tab. This time, it has a bigger screen and more features. Here’s how it compares to the iPad 2.
The New Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. The iPad 2
Samsung announced that they were releasing a new version of their Galaxy Tab and most likely this is in response to the wildly popular iPad 2. Let’s take a look at the Galaxy Tab and see how it stands up to the iPad 2 so you can decide which one would be the best fit for your needs.
The new Galaxy Tab is even thinner than the iPad 2 (if that’s possible) and in fact it is 8.6mm thin (or just 0.34-inches). Compared to the iPad 2 this is about 0.2mm thinner (for those that could notice).
The Galaxy Tab weighs just 1.31 pounds whereas the iPad weighs 1.33 pounds. As far as what is on the inside of the new Galaxy Tab vs the iPad 2, the Samsung has the following:
- Dual-core 1Ghz Processor
- 1280×800 Display
- 802.1 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
- MicroSD slot
- 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
- 8.9-inch or 10.1-inch screen size
The camera on the Galaxy Tab has a 3.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash while the front-facing camera has a 2.0 megapixel capability. The iPad 2′s cameras are believed to be about 1 megapixel or less.
In terms of hardware the Galaxy Tab vs the iPad 2 seems to be right in line if not a little more beefier than the iPad 2. It is thinner and has better cameras along with that MicroSD slot as well.
Now, looking at the hardware alone, the Tab is certainly gaining on the iPad 2. And at this point you might be asking yourself whether or not the Galaxy Tab, with it’s 10.1-inch screen or 8.9-inch screen is nearly perfect for a portable business tablet or for taking with you everywhere you go. Ideally, at this point it comes down to price (up next) or user experience. Once all these tablets are on par with each other – how does one choose? More on that next.
In the war of the Galaxy Tab vs the iPad 2, the pricing may not even be an issue. Here are the prices for the new Galaxy Tab 10.1:
- $499 for the 16GB WiFi
- $599 for the 32GB WiFi
And here are the prices for the Galaxy Tab 8.9:
- $469 for the 16GB WiFi
- $569 for the 32GB WiFi
The new Galaxy Tab’s are shipping in June 2011. These prices look familiar? They are exactly inline with the iPad 2 and this leaves one to wonder: Will Apple up the ante and deliver us a iPad HD or and iPad Pro later this year if Samsung starts cutting into their margins?
Other Features About The New Galaxy Tab
The Galaxy Tab’s were only announced with WiFi only but there are rumors that 4G models are also in the works. Another thing that Samsung has done with the Tab 10.1 and 8.9 is put their own interface layer on top of Android 3.0. They call it TouchWiz UX which means that everything you do on the new Galaxy Tab’s are not the Android way but the Samsung way.
The new Galaxy Tab’s have a redesigned social hub that combines your Twitter and Facebook feeds into one. Additionally, there is a new email client and a new feature they call “custom widgets” along with a built-in music player.
The New Galaxy Tab Vs The iPad 2
The Tab 10.1 and 8.9 sure seem to be catching up fast with the iPad 2. The hardware is nearly the same if not better, the sizes are perfect, the cameras are better, and the pricing is identical to the iPad 2. So if you were to choose, how would you make that decision?
I feel it won’t come down to the hardware in the near future because that is something which can be easily duplicated. What cannot be duplicated is the user experience and the software. The determining factor in the new Galaxy Tab vs the iPad 2 will be the software.
The iPad 2 with iOS has a very consistent experience that it delivers which everyone has come to know and use. The apps are in the hundreds of thousands and for the most part, the iPad 2 user experience is flawless (I realize this is not for everyone). One other thing here is that when you get an iOS device, you know what to do immediately and how to use it.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are further fragmenting the already fragmented Android OS by adding their own interface which you have to interact with. This could confuse people that have other Android devices but, if you don’t mind that fragmentation then it really is no big deal.
In terms of apps, there are simply not as many for Android tablets. Take a look at the marketplace. It’s sparse if not empty for tablets. That is a big factor to consider because above all else, the software, not the hardware, drive the device and until Android catches up (and it will) with more tablet apps then the battle of the new Galaxy Tab vs the iPad 2 is going to still lie with Apple for awhile.
So how to you feel about the new Galaxy Tab? What would you choose and why?