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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2

0. phoneArena 15 Jun 2011, 06:48 posted on

Although they share many physical characteristics with their designs, both the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are seemingly regarded as the cream of the crop in the tablet market right now. Surprisingly priced evenly at the starting cost of $500, the ultimate question comes down to which one is the better of the two...

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posted on 15 Jun 2011, 15:25 2

22. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 2011)


Samsung is quickly becoming the major competitor for Apple. Samsung has the best Android tablet yet and their new galaxy s II is currently the most anticipated phone this year. Samsung will continue to deliver outstanding products. In my opinion Samsung is taking the market by storm. Ipad 2 is a great product but samsung has the better one.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 15:38 2

23. Akselrod (unregistered)


Alright guys, this is ridiculous to me. I don't mean to be rude to anyone on here but why does everyone bash PhoneArena for loving Apple? If you are obviously so offended by this why just not go on to this site and not read articles that make you angry. I really don't get it, every single day there are tons of comments about how phonearena is awful and biased. If you don't agree then don't read. Ok, I am done sorry just had to get this off my chest after about 3 years of reading phonearena being bashed.

I honestly think they are doing a great job, the site looks better than most other sites of similar content and I think the reviews are pretty good, most of the time.

Now on this topic, I can't see how the Samsung Galaxy Tab is so much better than the iPad 2. I am not an apple fanboy, and besides an iPod I don't own anything made by Apple. I actually hate them for making me use iTunes (I bought and transferred a lot of music to iTunes, when it first came out, and now feel I am stuck with it due to Apples ridiculous music format and restrictions). I do have an HTC EVO 4G, which I love but don't think its the end all be all of phones, I bought it pretty much when it came out and thought the same thing then as well.

But back on the topic of tablets, why is Samsung so much better as you all state? Yes the screen is a bit bigger and maybe a little bit better, yes Android is an open system (not sure how much of a positive this is), the camera is better (who cares about this, really), Flash (this is a real plus) and I also think I read somewhere that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has more RAM (this is a good thing that I will give Samsung if its true). Otherwise they are pretty much the same, very similar dual core processor, no connectivity ports besides 1 proprietary port, no micro SD card slots.

The only real argument is that the Honeycomb OS is much better than iOS, which is subjective. Most people, me included, won't care for the openness of the Android OS and will definitely not use it to its full potential. To me these tablets are just toys, they will be used for web browsing, watching videos and playing games. For just web browsing the Samsung is definitely better because of the Flash support. For watching videos, i truly believe its a tie, the screen on the iPad 2 is really good when you see it in person, it is really not worse than the Xoom's screen. I understand that Samsung's will be a bit better than the Xoom's, but I don't think it will be that much better. Now for games the iPad 2 is the definitive winner, there are just way more apps and they are better apps.

I use an Android phone and I really hate how we don't have alot of great games, I know everyone keeps saying that they are coming but when are they coming? Sorry if I offended anyone, this was not intended for that.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 17:40 2

26. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 2011)


I like your comments about phonearena. stop griping about them they do a dang good job on detail and acurate tests. Their opinions may be baised but at least they have all the facts down on paper and you can acurately judge for yourself.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 16:12

25. coyote bahamas (unregistered)


Will i know which one i well be getting an its not a fruit das for real and my mom will be getting the galaxy tab as well. its samsung galaxy tabs all the way.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 18:22

27. a (unregistered)


Ummm.... just to point something out, 16:9 aspect ratio means you take the vertical
resolution and divide by the horizontal... 1280/800 = 1.6, not 1.77777. I just thought phonearena needed to know what an aspect ratio is, it seems they dont have a clue lol

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 18:47 1

28. leonard (unregistered)


The iPad had the edge right where it matters the most: APPS! You don't get a tablet to admire it's hardware, you get it to use apps on it and most Android apps look like crap on your shinny new tablet (just compare Facebook and Twitter apps). It will take years for Android to catch up with iOS on 3rd party apps offer, just like the phone version of Android needed 2 years to have a decent Market. But guess what, your tablet will be considered obsolete when/if this happens :)

Oh, and lack of Flash in iOS in mentioned in every review and by all android fanatics, now, if Flash is SO important for browser experience how come Flash blocking plugins are in top 10 most downloaded plugins for both Chrome and Firefox browsers :D

PS: I hope you android fanboys have noticed where the rear camera is on the Galaxy Tab :D to take a picture you'll have to hold it in landscape, you do realize you'll look like a zombie whenever you try to take a picture, don't you?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 18:48 1

29. leonard (unregistered)


The iPad had the edge right where it matters the most: APPS! You don't get a tablet to admire it's hardware, you get it to use apps on it and most Android apps look like crap on your shinny new tablet (just compare Facebook and Twitter apps). It will take years for Android to catch up with iOS on 3rd party apps offer, just like the phone version of Android needed 2 years to have a decent Market. But guess what, your tablet will be considered obsolete when/if this happens :)

Oh, and lack of Flash in iOS in mentioned in every review and by all android fanatics, now, if Flash is SO important for browser experience how come Flash blocking plugins are in top 10 most downloaded plugins for both Chrome and Firefox browsers :D

PS: I hope you android fanboys have noticed where the rear camera is on the Galaxy Tab :D to take a picture you'll have to hold it in landscape, you do realize you'll look like a zombie whenever you try to take a picture, don't you?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 22:00

31. mrsmsung (unregistered)


in 2-5 year ahead ios will be death like symbian, ipad2 just for kids and samsung for working, ipad2 doesn't support flash how can it will better than samsung gtab,

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 04:10

32. medalaster1 (unregistered)


what? no memo slot from Samsung is sams trying to be apple well sams is cheap s**t and android is free s**t, cant match apple.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 09:23

33. ikkuh (Posts: 38; Member since: 22 May 2011)


ipad2 is a great tablet, but lets face it: galaxy tab 10.1 is more mature. Beter cam, beter OS etc... ipad2 doesn't play 1080p MKV for example. It's cpu is simply to weak.
Phonearena go shame yourself

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 09:56

35. Hahahanor (unregistered)


Hahahanor none of these tablets is good ;) the hp touch pad will be 10000000000000000000000000000000000000x better :)

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 15:02 1

56. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


is this suposed to be ironic?

posted on 04 Jul 2011, 04:30

83. ihatelie (unregistered)


i thought PA has an age-restriction rule to comment on its site

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 10:47 1

36. Gagan (unregistered)


Hahaha! Stop fighting.. Hey every one u know what ipad 2 hardware is far better than nvidia(:-( samsung uses dat)go to anandtech.com and check it for urself!!my last 2 cell phones were android and no doubt they are the best(cheerz to open source)....ipad 2 is still not jailbroken(:-( )but soon it will be.....honeycomb lags.....there is an app called iswifter on ipad (its a browser) which supports flash...finally ipad 2's cam sucks....thanx to

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:36

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


Specs aren't everything. The original iPhone was only 2G and couldn't do mms, but it still blew palm, microsoft and blackberry out of the water.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 15:14 1

57. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


I am a android user but everything you said about the ORIGINAL iPhone is correct. That device was indeed groundbreaking and shook up the phone industry for the better. However natural competition between phone manufacturers has shrunk the iPhones "WOW" factor and has stolen a lot of its headlines. This isnt a bad thing for apple its just natural progression in the marketplace. Having several quality options to choose from will only keep Apple and Google on their toes making sure that we as the consumer will have a higher quality product to purchase when our contracts come time to renew.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 19:26

39. sqeeze the juice of of me (unregistered)


Samsung really did win the tablet contest if you ask me, but I think people really buy APPLE product because of the iOS.

Sammy with great hardware will not match iPad because Android v.s iOS is really a joke! I myself really hate apple product, but I will admit that iOS is a really great OS compare to Android Honeycomb.

I will buy the Sammy product but million other will buy iOS

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 21:12

40. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Why is this honeycomb not on their phones!! The biggest problem I have with Android (asides from the fans) is the look and feel. This is way more smooth and looks waaaaaaayyyy better than Gingerbread. I use the G-Slate yesterday and liked it alot! Why doesn't Android have this on their phones?!!

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 15:17

58. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


Google's Ice Cream Sandwhich is the answer to that. It will be one platform for both tablets and phones that can adapt to the hardware ensuring the best experience. I will still wait for its actual release before jumping at comparissons between ICS and iOS5

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 23:26 1

41. - (unregistered)


Okay kids, it's simple.

If you love customization, better hardware and hate Apple, you go with Sammy.

If you love user experience (due to slightly better software) and design, go with Apple.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 04:20

42. Myc (unregistered)


I don't know why all you guys are missing in your reviews an essential thing:

WATCHING MOVIES, more specific DIVX (which should be easily viewable on tab) or in browser (flash).

From this point of view thre's no 'g comparison. Except you want pay a lot to get movies from Apple. The funny thing is there are countries which are not allowed to buy/rent movies from US and such countries don't have even this option.

Why there is no review about this? Something like "to watch an divx movie on an Ipad,,, while on tab...

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 13:36

46. Joe (unregistered)


I've been watching DivX movies on my iPad since version 1 last year. Both CineXPlayer and VLC (both free apps) play them by just dragging-and-dropping them into iTunes. No conversion needed.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 15:20

59. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


unless its been added back to the app store I remember a while back on engadgets site that VLC player was pulled. If anybody has a iPad can you check to see if its still available to download?

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 08:48

43. Striker (unregistered)


Phonearena, is it really so hard to admit that IPad is way better than all the other so-called tablets on the market?!? It does not matter if Samsung, Mamsung, Tyanmang or any other yellow-s**t brand puts a 1 million GHz processor it will still be yellow s**t with senseless OS(android). This OS is just not user-friendly, it jams, stop processes all the time and etc. That is why it is free! :) Get serious, guys! There are only two OS that deserve attention now - iOS and WP7. Leave the Giggle, pardon Google yellow s**ts for the children to play with.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 17:07

48. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I'm no fan of the electronics Nazi's from Cupertino, but Samsung's problem is that their phones and tablets feel cheap.... because they are cheap. I would rather have a piece of cardboard with Android on it than the iPad2, but that's me. I'm not surprised that it wins an objective comparison. Of course the problem with objective comparisons is that they don't take into account the intangibles that can make or break a product.

If Samsung could at least figure out how to make a smart, tight package out of plastic the way HTC does, they'd be hard to beat.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 00:03

84. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 2011)


the TIN that apple puts around their phones is about 2 cents more expensive than the plastic samsung uses. It just doesn't feel as sturdy but i guarantee you that the plastic they use will hold up just as good as the metal used by apple or the plastic used by HTC

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 17:14

52. hellopeople (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 May 2011)


ipad 2 easlilly wins over this piece of plastic!

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 14:59 1

76. TPDallas (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jun 2011)


ipad 2 suck man nothing more than a big ass ipod touch

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 03:04 1

53. lozdog (unregistered)


It's so blatantly obvious that you were for Apple from the start. In every category where Apple excels, you highlight this fact really well. Yet in the categories where Samsung outdoes Apple, you seem to shrug it off as a lucky win for them, and despite Samsung being better at that category, you mention that Apple has this other unrelated feature that is better...

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 12:21

54. bc (unregistered)


Because someone disagrees with you does not make them biased.

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