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Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Internet and Data Speeds

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Internet and Data Speeds
Yesterday we took our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for Verizon Wireless. Now we are going to see how it stacks up next to the Apple iPad 2 while using data and internet.

The clear advantage in raw data speed goes to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 since it is utilizing Verizon's fast 4G LTE network. We ran the SpeedTest.net app and got around 7-8 Mbps downloads and 3-4 Mbps uploads, which is also in the same range that we get on the HTC ThunderBolt smartphone. When using the same app on the Apple iPad 2, which uses Verizon's 3G EVDO Rev A network, we got on average 1 Mbps for downloads and 0.4 Mbps for uploads.

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Internet and Data Speeds
Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Internet and Data Speeds
Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Internet and Data Speeds


Up next, we wanted to see how fast their web browsers would be while loading the same sites. Since the Apple iPad 2 does not support Adobe Flash, we disabled the Flash plug-in on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, so both phones would only load the same web site data. When going to the PhoneArena.com site, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 completely loaded it 12 seconds faster than the iPad 2. Then when we loaded the NY Times site, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was only about 2 seconds faster, and the National Geographic site was loaded in the same amount of time on both devices. Based upon this, it does appear that the web site's content does make a difference on if there is a noticeable difference on their load times. Since the PhoneArena site has a lot of graphics, it loaded faster on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G than the iPad 2 with 3G, but since the NY Times site is mostly text, both phones loaded them in about the same amount of time.

We then re-enabled the Adobe Flash on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and did the same web site tests again. This time around, the iPad 2 was able to completely load the main PhoneArena site 20 seconds faster than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and loaded the Motorola DROID 3 review page 7 seconds faster. This is because when Flash is enabled, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 naturally has to download all the embedded Flash content, and then process and run it on the page. This is why it is taking longer to load than when having Flash turned off. But when going to the NY Times site, both devices loaded it in the same time since there was no Flash content to download, and there was only a 3 second difference when loading the National Geographic site.

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Internet and Data Speeds
Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Internet and Data Speeds
Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Internet and Data Speeds


It is clear that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is capable of much faster download and upload speeds than the Apple iPad 2. Again, due to the differences in the Verizon 4G and 3G network. But when downloading and viewing web sites, it is a bit of a mixed bag. When Adobe Flash is not used on either device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was faster on loading the PhoneArena site, but both tablets were almost the same speed when loading the NY Times and National Geographic sites. Then when we re-enabled Flash on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, it took longer to load the PhoneArena site than the iPad 2, but again both took about the same time for loading the NY Tines and National Geographic sites.

At this point, if you are in the market for a tablet to be used with Verizon's data service, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is going to have the advantage of using the 4G network, which will also allow for faster email and app downloads as well, while the iPad 2 is still using the 3G network. But if you are using mostly a Wi-Fi connection at home or at work, then both tablets would be equal in their data speeds.



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posted on 30 Jul 2011, 17:56 3

1. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


And Apple haters go!

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 19:17 14

8. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


taco, ive seen most of your posts...



you really have to stop trolling, i understand you like apple (like i do), but

your comments are rash and honestly have nothing to do with the article,

make smart comments and you wont look stupid

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 07:08 3

19. Laurynas (unregistered)


Agree with aztaxia12295.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 07:10 3

20. Laurynas (unregistered)


I agree with aztaxia12295.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 12:56 1

24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Have you not seen every Apple article flooded with people bashing Apple?

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 18:04 3

2. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I dont want to start a fight here but am i the only one that think these tablets like the same.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 18:07 5

3. G-Reg (unregistered)


Not goin to hate on the apple. Just the dumbass who wrote the article.

If you had access to both devices, why not give turning off 4g a shot and compare bones to bones.

If your going to void the flash content aspect then doing the same with 4g is a no brainer...

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 20:12 3

9. Robes1 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)


that would have made way to much sense!

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 10:07 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


theyve done that test already with the xoom and other 3g tablets. I assume this was to highlight the differences in 3g and 4g which on VZW are very pronounced since 3g is so slow with them.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 11:05

36. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


If they did that then it wouldn't be a tablet vs. tablet.....it would be a tablet vs. a cripple!

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 18:09 4

4. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


it shouldnt even take 20 seconds with flash to load phone arena with 8mbps internet

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 18:15 5

5. Rob74 (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


This comparison makes no sense at all, this is PA trying to start a troll war here, both are excellent devices

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 18:33 9

6. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 412; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


the samsung runs circles around the ipad2. dislay. flash. size. optimized tablet operating system. lte. as for the ipad.. ok display. no flash. 3g only. same operating system as the iphone which makes the ipad to me a big iphone.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 18:39 5

7. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 412; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


the samsung 10.1 tablet is by far the best tablet out there to include motorola. apple. htc. toshiba. and whomever wants to build a tablet. oh forget hp in the list.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 20:24 1

10. Robes1 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)


Why would you even do a speed test using 4g when the iPad clearly doesn't offer that option? Why not have an Olympian sprinter race a man with no legs? The race should have been done with wifi. How stupid is this? Very! Regardless of what you may believe or think the iPad 2 is the money machine! It has iTunes. Nothing else needs to be said. Until you can beat iTunes you lose! I tether my iPad to my phone. It doesn't even have 3G! It's a wifi only model. Why would I want a second data plan to pay for? And guess what..if it had 4G it wouldn't matter because who would want a movie on HULU or Netflix to play faster? Is that the object? To watch it at double time? Because it plays at the normal speed with 3G so what's the difference? If its not being streamed then I'd download it on wifi because neither 3G nor 4G would be fast enough for me to wait on an entire movie to download over them. This is pointless! Also I wouldn't even stream an entire 2hr movie over either because both AT&T and Verizon would stick their hands up my A$$ and charge the $HIT! outta me for data!

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 21:20 2

11. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 412; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


robes1. if u r going to write a book then a least know what you are talking about. you must be one of the people that think since they have a iphone4 that you have 4g. OF course 4g want make your movies play faster on hulu or whatever..but it will download your movies a lot faster and keep people like you out of the local starbucks while you use the free wifi hot spot for your ipad...if you had 4g then yiu wouldnt need to hang out at starbucks have you heard of unlimited data for 29.99 on vw...i have it

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 12:23

23. Robes1 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)


Why would I think that my iPhone 4 has 4G when the iPad 2 came out months later and doesn't have it? You sir are an a$$! And I evidently know more than you do about this! LOL! And just so you know...your carrier no longer offers unlimited data to new customers! Go read something idiot! And like I said..who the hell downloads movies over a wireless network?! Even with real European 4G it would take ALL DAY! And I happen to have wifi at home and at the business that I own so I don't sit at Starbucks! Get a job! And learn the difference between want and won't! Wow! You really should talk $hit if you quit school after 1st grade!

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 14:22 3

26. koutrelakos (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I can download a movie from iTunes or Amazon with LTE and it takes 10 minutes. I can and I have. That's a 4 GB download. I have the unlimited plan, the one VZW used to offer and really only applies to power users such as myself.

That's who the hell downloads movies via a wireless network; learn how to write and voice yourself effectively. You really shouldn't talk $hit if you can't hold a well rounded conversation.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 14:10

25. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


lol i would say you got owned mr. droidx.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 22:25

13. kcombs (Posts: 254; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


yeah this comparison is equal.. wth!

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 00:20 4

14. Owlet (Posts: 447; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


"But if you are using mostly a Wi-Fi connection at home or at work, then both tablets would be equal in their data speeds."

WTF??? Where is the proof of that, PA?? That's what you should have compared. That and 3g vs 3g. That's the worst comparison I've seen here.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 00:51 2

15. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


The galaxy tab is using 4g while the ipad2 uses 3g. Of course the galaxy tab would be faster than the ipad2.

Regardless, the galaxy tab is a great tablet and has a gorgeous screen. Although I still prefer the ipad2 over the galaxy tab.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 11:08

37. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Any particular reason? Besides iTunes?

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 04:09 2

17. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


This is truly the dumbest comparism PA has ever posted. Wtf r they trying to prove, noshyt 4G is faster than 3G. They are purposely trying to start Fandroid vs iFan wars cuz they take joy in reading us diss each other! If ur gonna make a real comparism at least make sure theyre both on the same network, then again like Robes1 said that would have made too much sense!

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 05:56 1

18. lukasound (unregistered)


How can you compare such different products? They have completely different generation of technologies and funcionality. It's like comparing a gprs enabled phone that has a wap browser with a 3g enabled iPhone 4 that can also load html.
Galaxy has a current generation of 21 Mbps HSDPA and a modern web browser with flash capabilities, versus the older 14 Mbps HSDPA iPad speed and a browser that is not capable of desktop-like rendering of web sites.
It's like comparing Galaxy S2 with an iPhone 4. Just pointless...

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 12:10 1

22. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


In daily use not only the 4g and 3g matter but also the server of websites.
So 4g and 3g doesnt have a large margin of differences

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 15:43

27. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Great article pa. These are two of the best tablets on the market. I prefer the ipad because i still wont ever buy a touchwiz product but the galaxy still is great.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 15:58 1

28. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


the difference between 4g and 3g is obvious, also, the difference between flash and no flash is also obvious... but the worst part i think is waiting for the page to completely load, i'd like to see a review where they show the page that "functions first" scrolling and selecting links... i rarely wait for the page to completely load before i begin using it. so i feel that the page full load is a non sense issue.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 16:41

29. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Functions is relative full load is not. Full load is much more accurate.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 19:00 2

30. robes11 (unregistered)


Why would I think that my iPhone 4 has 4G when the iPad 2 came out months later and doesn't have it? You sir are an a$$! And I evidently know more than you do about this! LOL! And just so you know...your carrier no longer offers unlimited data to new customers! Go read something idiot! And like I said..who the hell downloads movies over a wireless network?! Even with real European 4G it would take ALL DAY! And I happen to have wifi at home and at the business that I own so I don't sit at Starbucks! Get a job! And learn the difference between want and won't! Wow! You really should talk $hit if you quit school after 1st grade!

Robes1. Your first sentence. What does that have to do with a ipad 1,2, 3, 4 or whatever number or 4g or your iphone4. Real Europen 4G, you are lost... you are definately on ATT's GSM network and haven't experienced true LTE on verizon. All you can do is slither up profanity because you are lost for appropriate words. As for the cafe you own...who cares...upgrade your wi fi network so that you can download faster...As for want or wont---who gives a flying ( ). This is phonearena..not English 101...We talk phone facts not to hear what you own, how to spell and that you are so into yourself because you own an iphone that you think you are the best thing since sliced bread. You definately aren't working hard, since you have all this time devoted to phonearena.com...... Wake up and smell the coffee. I might be one of your cafe customers one day---you never will know---(or is it no) tell me.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 19:09 1

31. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 412; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Hey Robes1, you don't know what you are talking about. Look at all of your thumbs down, Go find yourself..

Oh!! was that proper English. Upgrade that wi fi network in your shop also.... Later thumbs down...

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 22:55

32. danyaelmay (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


why was this an issue. 4g is better then 3g, everyone knows that. if you want to compare the two tablets. at lease wait for apple to get off their a$$ and make ipad 4g capable. then do the comparison. apple will kick ass if it had 4g access.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 23:26

33. dandirk (unregistered)


I agree with most here... I would rather have seen a good comparison article...

wifi (with and without flash)
3g (with and without flash)
and 4g just to compare the difference in connectivity.

It would have told a story about hardware (nics, processor etc) but also OS/browser.

heck it would have really been cool to throw in a 3rd party browser(that is available on both) as well.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 07:04

34. S E X (unregistered)


SEX SEX sex

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 07:17

35. BigRed83 (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 May 2008)


OK. Let's look at the title of this article. Go ahead, I'll wait. Back now? Good. Considering this is an article of carrier based data speeds of 3G vs. 4G, my statement is a big "DUH". I guess they didn't have much non-obvious material for the site this AM. Maybe I missed something, but did ANYONE out there expect the iPad2 to beat the Galaxy? I have the iPad2, and read this article because I was bored. Now there is another three minutes of my life I will never get back. I am also not falling over drooling over the Galaxy, yet my phone is a Charge. Give me an Android tablet that outperforms Apple in overall end user experience, and I will happily consider it.

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