Recently, Samsung announced its new tablet PC named Samsung Galaxy Tab. Many deemed this tablet pc from Samsung to be the ipad’s top competitor and best iPad alternative.
So let us compare what the two have in common and the advantage of each over the other. Here I listed a summary of their features that can be matched:
- Dimension (height x width x depth): (242.8) x (189.7) x (13.4) mm
- Weight: 730 g
- Display: 9.7-inch diagonal
- Operating System: iOS 4
- Processor: 1.0 Ghz
- Battery Life (surfing, video and music playing): Up to 10 hours
- Camera: N/A
- Memory: 16/32 GB + flash drive up to 64 GB
- SMS and Voice Call: N/A
Samsung Galaxy Tab
- Dimension (height x width x depth): (190.09) x (120.45) x (11.98) mm
- Weight: 380 g
- Display: 7-inch diagonal
- Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo
- Processor: 1.0 Ghz
- Battery Life (surfing, video and music playing): Up to 7 hours
- Camera: 3.0 Megapixel with Led Flash (rear)1.3 Megapixel (front)
- Memory: 16/32 GB plus Micro SD up to 32 GB
- SMS and Voice Call: Capable
Ipad has noticeably bigger dimension compared to the Galaxy Tab. With 9.7-inch screen, browsing the internet, watching videos and even reading e-books will give a good viewing experience. The touch screen also works perfectly for the bigger screen.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has relatively smaller dimension and almost only half the weight of the ipad. The 7-inch screen, anyway, will be good enough for more personal viewing i.e. as an handheld device. The size of this tablet PC proves its advantage when it comes to portability – it is compact and can be fitted in a pouch or small bag.
When it comes to the operating system, the ipad runs on iOS 4, which is specifically designed for this device. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on Google Android Froyo. Both have 1.0 Ghz processor, each with different technology involved. The ipad has the Apple A4 custom-designed while the Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on processor with PowerVR SGX540
The battery life is another point for comparison. The 10 hour battery life of ipad clearly outruns the 7 hour capability of the Galaxy Tab. If you need more than 7 hours stretch of using a tablet pc, you might consider the 10 hour battery life of ipad.
You must agree that a camera is one of the indispensable features of a mobile device these days, right?. Even if you rarely do video conferencing, what abut those particular moments when you need to take photos or take a video of special scene while you are on the go? The designers of ipad should have considered placing a camera on the device. The Galaxy Tab comes not just with a rear camera but also equipped with a front camera – perfect for video conferencing. The Galaxy Tab surely poses an advantage for having cameras and proving to be a more compact device.
Speaking of being a compact device, the Samsung Galaxy puts another treath to the ipad rival by having an SMS and voice call capabilities. Yes, you can turn this tablet PC into a mobile phone. It comes with a SIM card slot for a mobile phone. The Apple ipad also has sim card slot but only for the sole purpose of its 3G connectivity.
When it comes to the price, the ipad 16 GB wifi + 3G is normally sold at $723 while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 16 GB counter part is at $791. Prices may vary from regions or countries but one thing is unvarying, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is sold at a bit higher price.