Apple iPad 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Now that the iPad 2 has made way for its successor in the new iPad, it’s only fitting to pit Apple’s latest baby against the horde of competition that are already littered across the tablet landscape. Rising above most other things, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE comes to mind as a dubious competitor since it’s regarded as the best of the best from Samsung’s camp. On the surface, both are very similar with their options, which is hardly a surprise, but as we’ve come to expect, there can only be one that will ultimately prove itself to be the sole standout hit. Before diving in, it’s worth noting that the Apple iPad 4G LTE’s price starts at $629.99 for both AT&T and Verizon variants, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE is a bit more at $699.99 through Verizon only.
From a distance, the two look similar to one another, but once we’re able to grasp both in our hands, the new iPad is able to deliver the impactful wow factor thanks to its premium feel. Well, it’s not to say that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn’t a bad looker, especially when it’s the lighter and slightly thinner tablet, but its all-plastic body doesn’t have the allure to match the impeccable industrial design of the iPad. Indeed, the new iPad’s appearance might not bring anything fresh to the table, especially when its design is a recycled one, but nonetheless, its iconic look combined with its premium construction still hits the high marks in our books.
No doubt we dig the responsiveness exhibited by the physical buttons available on both tablets, but the ones on the iPad are raised higher to offer better distinguishability with our fingers. As for charging and data connectivity, both resort to using proprietary 30-pin connection ports, which is also the way they’re able to gain video-out functionality with the aid of optional accessories. For all of you audio buffs, the iPad has a single speaker located of the bottom left corner of its rear, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 boasts stereo sound thanks to its two speakers.
The Apple iPad 3 (bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (top)
Absolutely, if there’s one reason why the new iPad is such a feared competitor, it has to be none other than the crisp and super detail Retina display it’s bringing to the tablet. Comparing the two, the numbers seemingly do all the talk as the iPad boasts a mind-bending resolution of 2048 x 1536, which blows away the 1280 x 800 resolution of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Although it’s hardly noticeable to visually see the superiority of the iPad’s Retina display from a far distance, it’s evident once we take a peek at our web site at a full zoomed out view. At times, the iPad’s display is simply surreal with its stunning visuals. Details aside, both offer wide-viewing angles, high contrasts, and natural looking colors – though, the iPad’s display tends to come off warmer looking. When it comes down to it, however, the iPad has the eye candy to pique anyone’s interest from afar.
1. ajac09 (Posts: 1167; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
yeah lets compare a tablet thats been out since last summer to one that was desgned to be better then it.., love apple fan boi sites. Why not compare it with the asus prime? scared?
4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
I agree, it would be more reasonable to compare it to the prime. A Tegra 2 Processor is obviously no match to the new TI OMAPS and Tegra 3 and Exynos (Note 10.1, but still)
Is there any valid reason why the 10.1, phonearena?
6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
i mean, yes LTE is not on the prime but please, the Transformers w/ LTE are coming.
34. sorcio46 (Posts: 392; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
And above all you are comparing the new ipad with the old galaxy tab with the old version of Android, what an Applefan comparizon !
19. robocopvn (Posts: 147; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)
LOL you're right. I thought it must be Ipad 2012 vs TF Prime =DDD. To be the obvious winner, I think the next review article will be Apple Ipad 3 vs Amazon kindle fire. =DDDDDD
23. theoak (Posts: 318; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Considering the Tab 10.1 is the same price point as the "new" ... I see the comparison valid.
24. ajac09 (Posts: 1167; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
so lets also compare a beat up old car at that price to. Hey by your logic if its the same price the comparission should be valid.
29. theoak (Posts: 318; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Ahh ... yes.
If you have $X. You have 2 cars with the owners asking $X. Would you not compare as to which car had the better engine, less mileage, better fuel economy, etc???
In this case ... Samsung needs to drop their price ... or folks will do exactly this ... compare the "New" with the "Tab" and figure out ... "Boy, I get more bang for the buck with the New."
39. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 818; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
not exactaly, you can find deals on the tab just about anyday, on Apple products, not so much.
33. JonGarrett (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Aug 2011)
or lets compare the Galaxy Note to the iPhone 4S.
37. alx33 (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Isn't that exactly what happened to the iPad 2 when it was compared to the transformer prime a couple weeks ago? I'm not trying to be a fanboy, just trying to make a point
38. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
Did Apple really create a square tablet and called it innovative. LMAO!
56. samp1800 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)
Totally true but I'm not scared of the acts prime lol
5. f1r3z0r (Posts: 75; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
One year old table Vs a new tablet??? no point to do this such as comparison....
40. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
If the Samsung is so old and uncompetitive, why is it priced more than the iPad. Seriously, since copying the iPad a year ago, Samsung has not had a chance to copy the new iPad yet.
54. dinodxynez (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)
Uh, I hate it when Apple fan boys keep saying Samsung "copied" Apple's iProduct... do you even know who supplied Apple with their screens? (including the one on the "new" iPad), do you know supplies Apple with processors? The answer to both questions is Samsung. Tell Apple to create their own technology and then maybe you have a point.
55. strikercho (Posts: 125; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Grow up, kids! Whose do you think is the technology for the A-processors, the Retina display, the iOS, etc., etc.? Samsung is just another mule for Apple. They use it because(for now) only this Asian company has the capacity to keep up with the volume demand for Apple parts. Today is Samshung, tomorrow will be Sharp and Toshiba, it does not matter. Jesus Christ, kids and internet...
57. samp1800 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)
What does this have to do with copying Samsung simply supplied apple with screens. And arm provides apple with processors where apple customizes them (underclocking and such). What c hack is saying is that apple made the touch screen tablet idea and other companies just used their ideas. (apple made the tablet idea in like 2003-2005 but made the iPhone first) and if Samsung creates high resolution displays, why dont they use them on their products?
7. bloodline (Posts: 685; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
LOL Wtf is this crap ??????? its like - lets compare the samsung galaxy s2 with the htc desire ......
Honestly, Phonesarena... wake up, this type of BS review will only do you harm. The review I would understand is, lets compare the ASUS transformer prime to the Ipad 3.
Awful reporting and reviews, extremely disappointing !!!!
45. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
R u serious where was the outrage when the ipad 2 faced the much new transformer prime and lost. Can we got some consistancy here. This is samsungs best tablet vs apple's best tablet so it a fair comparasion especially considering their priced the same. When the new tab comes out i am sure we will see an ipad vs that don't worry.
8. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Pictures comparison between iPad3 and Galaxy Tab human eyes can't tell the different, so we have to wait for a new Galaxy Tab to make it a fair comparison with iPad3.
9. testman22 (Posts: 336; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
I am by no means an apple fan boy, considering i've only owned android phones. However, I can't stand android tablets. I've had the motorola xoom, and the galaxy tab 10.1, and the OS in tablet form for whatever reason is extremely clunky. web browsing is realy a chore on my galaxy tab, and I truly believe Ipad blows them out of the water. On top of that is nearly impossible to find tablet apps for android whereas it is much simpler with many more choices on the ipad. So in my personal opinion, android is the smartphone king, and apple holds the title for tablets
13. bloodline (Posts: 685; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
have you tried the asus transformer prime ? maybe your right with older android but newer ones running 4.0 are wicked
41. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
They said the same thing about HC. Its just more lipstick on a pig. Androids VM needs a total rewrite to be competitive. But above all else it needs decent tablet apps.
More iPad apps have been updated for the retina display in less than a week than android tablet apps have been developed in the last year. Truly pathetic!
10. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
This comparison is an outrage and Chuck Norris does not approve, Current vs Current should be compared. I bet you they dont compare a DroidX with a Razer MAXXX. Whats the point?
11. itsthenew (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Oct 2010)
Y'all ever think that maybe that they are comparing the two since the galaxy tab is one of the most popular Android tablets that's growing a bit long in the tooth, and the comparison is for people interested in what they have vs what just came out and if it's worth their dollar?
48. Chronos (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
That's exactly what it is. It saddens me as to how many users are incapable of realizing something so simple.
12. GalaxyOptimus (Posts: 23; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Take it easy guys
Maybe (i)PhoneArena just want some revenge
you know about the just released iPhone 4s got beaten by the old Galaxy S II several months ago
26. rudlie (Posts: 181; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
huh? iphone 4s beaten by SGS2? r u sure? technically iphone 4s result below SGS2 because iphone 4s has 800mhz dualcore dan SGS2 has 1.2ghz dual core. and by the some benchmark iphone 4s definitely a winner.
47. strikercho (Posts: 125; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Exactly the opposite happened, mate. Change your specs! :)
14. darkkjedii (Posts: 8878; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
People will find any reason to thrash apple. Just complain,complain,complain just give it to apple for making a great tablet even better. The 10.1 is a beast too,both r very good. Tech sites do comparisons man. it's one of the best thing about these sites... Quit complaining,cuz your tab of choice doesn't win. Buy it anyway if u want it,and just enjoy it. People thrashed the new iPad,but I'm typing on mine,and loving it. Get a f**king life for crying out loud.
51. bucky (Posts: 1199; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
nah dude. i actually enjoy seeing all the insecure android die hards fighting amongst themselves and crying. kinda fun.
15. pandamaja (Posts: 16; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I'm not trying to troll with this, but I went to best buy this weekend to check out the screen on the new ipad. I honestly couldn't see what the hubbub was about. They had three ipads out for viewing. I thought I was viewing an ipad 2 becaus this lady had one of the other ipads on lockdown. I figured that must be the ipad 3 because she wasn't leaving. It turns out they were all ipad 3's. I really couldn't see what the difference was in the screen. It would have been nice to be able to compare it to the ipad 2
18. good2great (Posts: 1020; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
lol i did the same thing yesterday...
i have the iPad 2 and wanted to see if it was worth me selling it to get the new one...
to the untrained eye... you really CANT tell a difference unless you already knew about the new screen...
the screen is amazing though i'm not gonna lie... but thats about it... no major changes to make it a MUST BUY if you have an iPad 2 already...
20. pandamaja (Posts: 16; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Yeah exactly. For the most part, the ipad has never studdered, hung up, etc. regardless of the processor and ram inside, and version of ipad. That makes the rest of the upgrade relatively irrelevant. The screen is the big upgrade and I just wasn't able to see the difference without direct comparison.
16. JDCohen722 (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 May 2011)
This is so biased phonearena, I honestly cannot believe it! And you made a big mistake, besides the fact that you compared a outdated tablet featuring last years technology to a brand new tablet, but you listed the new iPad as having a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, whereas it's common knowledge that the new iPad has the exact same 1 GHz dual core CPU, but just a new GPU, hence A5X... Surely compare current generation technology such as the new iPad vs the ASUS Transformer Prime, now that's fair, and fix your mistake!!
17. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Samsung needs to bring out the big guns. Super AMOLED+ tablet, 2GB of Ram, ICS, display with high pixel density (250+ Pixels per inch), and also quad core Exynos chipset clocked at 2Ghz. Also, with 4G LTE that can be used at any network in the world.
21. weakenfalls (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
Ouch!!! Seriously though........are u kidding me dude Mr. Apple fan boy?............The Tab 10.1 has been out so long now that it seems to be vanished under the ring of the Asus Prime best android tablet in the market right now......let me say this to u buddy boy if you want to make a comparison that worth the time to write bout.....y don't u instead choose something more comparable, I mean y don't you put the prime vs. The so call new iPad and see what happen then. I have my prime since it came out....and I wouldn't even try to compare it to the iPad 2 and that my friend just bought the new iPad let me share this with u Mr. Apple man, brighter screen absolutely but besides that its all..........I can't really say the word, but u get my point.......my friend who's a hardcore apple fan boy said to me dude as much he hate android n the Asus prime....he had to admit that new iPad or whatever u want to call it can't be compare to the Asus prime.....so plz dude next time write something worth reading.....oh by the way did u attend apple press conference bout how much $ they have available ? They should cut u a check for trying buddy boy.........nice work!
22. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
iPad wins easy! It beats every tablet on the market right now.
31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3495; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The only thing good about it is the display. And even then, most people can't tell the difference between the new iPad's display and the iPad 2's. The Transformer Prime probably would beat the new iPad in pure power. If you can tell the difference between the display, and you're an avid e-book reader, then yes; you could say the iPad is the best tablet at right now. However, just wait until the other manufacturers release their new flagship tablets for the year, and then the iPad will be out-shined by pretty much every high end tablet once again. But non-techy people will still think the iPad is the best, which is sad :/
43. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
The only people who jump on the Transformer bandwagon are the pure droidgeeks who measure everything by their CPU.
So what if the android OS is a sluggish, buggy pile? We'll put out a quad core CPU to try to compensate.
The fact is, if you ever used the new iPad, you would realize the new display makes a huge noticeable difference. So does the new camera and the GPU.
The new iPad is the most reponsive, best supported, best built tablet, with the best display and best camera. And it actually has a huge library of tablet apps, unlike the droidblets.
But it doesn't have aquad core cpu, whine, whine, whine.
50. weakenfalls (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
Droidblets......? Funny though.....5+5=10 right.....also 2+1+2+4+1= 10 also......u with me? Alright buddy boy 5+5= 10 is for u Mr. Apple tree climber, and 2+1+2+4+1= 10 is for android folks meaning we customizing stuffs and tech like......u on the other end hmmm let see what u do with your apple tree ? Nothing, nada, rien.........so yea droidblets makes u want to get into stuffs unlike your apple munchies.......fancy boy toy for simple folks......
25. greyhulk (Posts: 82; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
The Transformer Prime is the first and probably only comparison that should have been done. Come on, guys.
27. rudlie (Posts: 181; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
search on youtube. new ipad has beating asus transformer prime for almost all benchmarks.
28. doubler86 (Posts: 304; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Jon V your still my favorite reviewer here for video reviews, but I do have a couple of request for the next comparison. Can you please keep the Android tablet on landscape. No one uses an android tablet in portrait because they are not designed to, just like iOS is designed to be in portrait. I know you have to zoom out a bit more but it gives for a much better comparison. You can even then compare aspect ratios if you want.
Second I think it's unfair to use the Samsung if its rooted. That was not touchwiz on it, which when I've compared roots, the one with touchwiz is faster. Plus you still have the ability to use the mini apps that touchwiz offers, which apple offers nothing that compares to it.
All in all of course like everyone else we knew the outcome of this comparison but I on the other hand do understand why it needed to be done. Right now in stores people are going in and trying to figure out which tablet to buy. Customers still buy the Samsung Galaxy Tablet over the Prime. Now granted the Prime isn't available as much but it doesn't come down to that. Samsung has marketed the Samsung Galaxy Tab more than the Asus Prime. So people come in for it more. And of course people come in for the New iPad because no one beats Apple in marketing. If they did, well that would be the end of Apple.
30. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
this is BS!
We want a good review, up to date with the latest devices! not an year old device
and also, galaxy tab starts from $539.99 for the 16gb of memory.
IDK where did the $699.9 come from?
35. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
This is an article worth 100+ comments. Honestly, I haven't read one Apple iPad article.
36. raunak (Posts: 479; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
"Well, it’s not to say that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn’t a BAD looker"
44. WILDCAT1935 (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Mar 2011)
Apple doesn't support flash. Samsung does.
46. strikercho (Posts: 125; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Well, another wipeout of Apple vs XXX korean/chinese/whatever brand. Good job, Apple!
49. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
I think the information shown for the A5X processor is incorrect. According to other source such as gsmarena, the Ipad3 should have the same processor as the ipad 2. i.e) a 1 GHz arm cortex A-9 processor but with a powerVR SGX 543MP4 GPU, not a 1.5GHz as mentioned in their review. I think Phonearena should really verify the information before they write the review.
52. mspallz (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
i appriciate the sheer optimization that apple does, but that doesn't mean android sucks..android gives u freedom of customization..in this competetive world apple has still nt introduced flash for both camera as well as web browser..xDmay be a 12-core GPU offered by nVIDIA can do all work of an optimized quad core GPU of the new iPad..and the user interface in apple devices is a kind of nooby..i hate that..i love HTC sense 4 thats on HTC one X..and single core nokia n9 can do better than iphone 4(not in the field of apps)..phonearena, take outta ur mind that apple is god..its just another company in this smartphone and tablet rat race..be broadminded enough to accept the reality..
53. cheetah2k (Posts: 725; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
How about comparing the Asus Transformer Prime with the iPad 3??
Oh and Apple, how the fcuk did you think the Galaxy tab looked anything like the ipad??? Must be blind, dumb or just effing stupid!