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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the superior one when it comes to snapping photos. Blatantly, its 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera produces images that are filled with better detail and color production. Looking at the same shots, you can clearly see that the iPad 2’s results are filled with soft details and washed out looking colors – making it look rather muddy and hazy overall. With macro shots, it’s obvious that images taken by the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are sharper looking. Additionally, there’s a noticeable amount of digital noise evident with the iPad 2’s shots in low lighting, which is something less prominent with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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At the same time, 720p video recording with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is considerably superior again versus the iPad 2’s production – and it’s like night and day between the two! Granted that they both shoot at the rate of 29 frames per second, we notice that there is a slight jerkiness to the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s video, but it’s nothing too detracting from its overall good quality.

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Sadly, there isn’t any headway with the music player on the iPad 2 seeing that it carries over the same one that we saw with its predecessor. Naturally, it’s more than functional in playing some tunes, but it’s obviously lacking that polarizing presentation that’s found with Cover Flow on the iPhone. However, the music player on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is tastefully full of eye-catching visuals – especially with its 3D like carousel interface. Packing on left and right speakers, the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s output is rather neutral in tone, and it’s surprising to find the single speaker of the iPad 2 outputting deeper bass tones.

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Without a doubt, both tablets excel when it comes down to playing high-definition videos since their processors effortlessly work in producing smooth playback. And since they have the ideal screen size for watching videos, they present a conducive experience for those long trips on the road. However, Galaxy Tab 10.1’s 16:9 aspect ratio is the preferred choice since for movies, while the 4:3 screen of the iPad is better for internet browsing.

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Unfortunately, neither offer any dedicated HDMI-out ports to easily share content with the big screen. However, you can accomplish that and get treated to a mirrored experienced with the iPad 2 by using an optional HDMI-out dongle. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, it’ll likely emulate the same functionality, but it’ll probably be in the form of some kind of pedestal dock.

Again, there is nothing new present with the photo gallery on the iPad 2 and it pales in comparison to the glitzy presentation and sharing prowess of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. In fact, the 3D stacked look of the gallery app on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 emulates a field of depth as you tilt the tablet accordingly. Besides the bedazzling look of the gallery, there’s a decent amount of sharing options with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Oppositely, the only sharing function that you can execute with the iPad 2 is sending photos via email – that’s all!

Although both tablets are available in 16GB and 32GB varieties, it’s only the iPad 2 that pushes it up one notch by offering a 64GB version. Happily, we’re still more than content to see pricing on the same level with both tablets – even though we have seen others priced below the $500 mark.


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On the surface, the YouTube apps on both tablets might have the same layout with its presentation, but we slightly lean towards the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on this one since there is more control given to the user. Specifically, you have the ability to choose either low or high quality with the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 10.1, but with the iPad 2, you can only get low quality if you’re streaming over a 3G connection – with high quality enabled all the time with Wi-Fi connections. Furthermore, the YouTube app on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 packages in the usual variety of sharing functions that we come to expect out of Android.

Being a Google powered platform and all, there’s no denying that the Google Maps experience with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is going to be drastically better than the iPad 2. First and foremost, you get free voice guided turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps Navigation on the Android tablet. Secondly, it provides integration with some of Google’s other services – like Google Talk, Latitude, and Buzz. And finally, 3D map view with select cities just about rounds out the depth of features found with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. As for the iPad 2, it only delivers the most basic functions with Google Maps – such as getting directions, enabling satellite view, and getting street view.

Primarily because it had a head start, there are more tablet-optimized third party apps found with iOS on the Apple iPad 2 versus the Honeycomb powered Galaxy Tab 10.1. Despite being approximately 3 months old at this point, we still find a lack of venerable third party Honeycomb apps in the Android Market.

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posted on 15 Jun 2011, 07:56 4

2. Sdota (unregistered)


This video really helped me made my final decision. Galaxy Tab 10inch it is.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 08:21 4

4. AppleFUD (unregistered)


"the iPad 2’s thin profile, solid construction, and choice of premium materials radiates more value for the buck."

You mean like the crappy cameras they chose to use? Or the lower quality screen? Or the low amount of RAM they went with?

Oh, it must be that soda can back they use. . . because that's going to add so much to the actual usability of the device and longevity.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 18:06 2

61. andrewdreams (unregistered)


heres the deal, if you acutally read the article they said the ipad 2 pailed in comparison to most of the features of sammy's tab. i dont think phone arena's biased at all they re just trying to give you the facts straight. i liked this article alot and it definately swayed my decision to the android. its really just a personal thing, if you want smooth web browsing and dont care about running flash or making it more personal, shut up and get the ipad 2 no one cares what you do; at the end of the day its all about what you like not anyone else. furthermore, if you want to run flash and have a better camera and multitask then get the sammy tab. again NO ONE CARES what you do at the end of the day its all just opinions, PA's just tryin to break it down into facts/specs you can read, so everyone just CHILL out and happy spending.

posted on 19 Jun 2011, 09:17

64. Barca (unregistered)


but PA is saying this is a tie while clearly Samsung is the winner, SO YES PA IS MORON ASSHOLE WORST SITE ON TEH WORLD, F*CK YOU PA!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 14:39 1

71. andrewgarza (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Jun 2011)


then stop reading! no ones making your browser come to this page, read a different website and shut up!

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 06:51

101. Insight (unregistered)


Well, you are comparing a NEWLY released model vs an older released model. Obviously there will be a difference.

Also the hardware is only as good as the best software. There are not much to look forward to a handful of good apps in Android compared to thousands of great apps in iOS. Despite better hardware specs you cannot really utilize them.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 09:19 5

5. Synack (unregistered)


Clearly Phonearena is biased towards Apple. The new Galaxy Tab is a million times better than the iPad2 and everyone and their mother knows this. If you guy continue to write biased reviews towards a product instead of an open minded review where you choose the TRUE victor, then I'll go over to Phonescoop or BGR or Engadget. It's no wonder I've been confused at all of your reviews lately; it's because they're all ----- Product X vs Apple iPad; and the iPad always wins, even though it's worse than many more of these tablets.

Get your s**t together, write a real review.


I will give it to you though, your specs facts are correct.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 20:31 4

30. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


why dont u just leave? it wud be better without u trolling anyways... u people are all retarded... why cant the ipad just be better... r u gonna die or something? and apps are the single most important thing on a mobie device... so ya, that kinda matters... oh and did u know honeycomb lags? ya well that kinda matters too... so ya the samsung wins stupid stuff like the camera... r u really gonna use ur ipad for that family picture?... and the notifications and browser are all not a win anymore... bcuase i wud say a smooth browser is just as important as flash...

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 13:09 2

45. jrock81 (unregistered)


You sir, have awful penmanship.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 17:13 2

51. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


ur a f**king moron, leave already!

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 09:15 3

44. Joe (unregistered)


Aaarrrggghhh!!! You Android fanbois are the worst!? Here you are threatening to leave to go to Engadget!?!? Go ahead and take a look because it's the EXACT same thing on every tech site. A bunch of crybabies screaming that "this crappy website is so obviously biased towards everything Apple! Wah!!!"

And do you know what gets on my nerves the most? That the same idiots that scream about how stupid we are for being in the walled garden, are the same ones that post the following on these threads...

"I don't have access to Netflix for my Asus Transformer?"'
"Why is there still no Netflix on Honeycomb?"
"I'm still noticing significant lag in 2.3.3"
"When is the UK getting 3.1"
"In EU Xoom still has not received 3.1 update."
"You need to have a locked bootloader/stock for this to work."
"Can't get it to install on Wi-Fi xoom running 3.1 unrooted."
"Just root and all of your problems are solved."
"Shut-up, you've been saying that since January."
"Come-on (Motorola, LG, Samsung, etc.), where's my update!!!"

Wow. You guys make it so tempting to jump ship. But hey, at least you've got your options right? It's great to have the option of having a buggy experience on so many different handsets and carriers. And please don't tell me how your phone/tablet/android gadget is completely bug and trouble-free. I'm happy for you. Just stop complaining so much about those that don't agree with you that everything Android is superior to anything else that's out there. You scream how important options are but you can't stand when I take my 'options' and choose something that's not Android.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 23:56 4

63. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Good lord, stop complaining about "fandroids" and go back to your Apple forums. Its easy to handpick a clearly whiny, and therefore awful example, of an Android user such as Synack who cant believe a review that clashes with their own opinions of a given product...the iPad has its perks, as does the Galaxy Tab.

I'll agree that the review seemed to lead on that the Samsung would appear to win, but if they call it a draw in the end then I'm guessing the iPad evened out with the intangibles. Whatever the reason, if you're complaining that the reviews are biased based only on the final outcome, and then you spend 5-10 minutes telling everyone that you're gunna leave, then the entire charade is posted for the purpose of drawing attention...like a 5 year old. This example, unregistered Joe, is unfortunately NOT the Android majority.

For every example you gave as a common complaint in Android forums, I've got an iDrone claiming their iPad saved their life and folded the laundry at the same time

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 09:54 1

68. nbannis (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


You have no sense at all! The whole point is phonearena loves to write biased reviews towards apple. Thats the point. Why did you have to go into all that anyway?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 10:09 1

7. ssk (unregistered)


Hey people.
I've seen many people call this website as the iphonearena and i just thought they were exaggerating, but now i think its true this really is iphonearena only!

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 10:11 1

8. anonymus (unregistered)


Hey man,
Sorry but i think it would better go as the Applearena!

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 10:26 3

9. ryq (unregistered)


wow! a lot of very emotional angry people are responding to this article! roly is right! its just a tablet.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 10:28 2

10. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow you android fans make me laugh... first was the Zoom was better then the ipad but now months after its released nobody even considers them anymore.. now almost moths after thet ipad2 is released is being compared to a barely released product like the galaxy tab...it only shows that Apple are ahead of their time because they relased a tablet almost a year ago. multiples tablets have been released after but Sammy takes after the ipad... hmmmm.. weather if it looses or not. the comparison clearly states that it depends on what u want.. so android fan shut up and sit down... and get up once another android tablet comes out saying is the messiah of tablets..

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 12:11 1

16. lulz (unregistered)


What?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 15:44 3

24. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you do realize this was an ipad2,not an ipad1 right? lol. and we arent comparing sales numbers, we are comparing features and functions.

and yea, the xoom won, the gslate won, and the samsung tablet sure as hell wins too. Honeycomb in general kicks iOS's tablet booty.
if that translates to sales numbers or not is a different question. sales dont always mean the best device.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 09:21 2

66. srx82 (unregistered)


I'm a Xoom owner, and I love it, and it's still relevant. Would keep it over an iPad 2 ANY day....

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 10:51 5

11. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Great review, especially the video. Points out pros and cons of each device with no bias. Really, you know if you're an Apple fan you'll choose the iPad 2, if you're an Android fan, you'll choose the Galaxy Tab 10.1. But good to see you won't go wrong selecting either one.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 11:21

12. box (unregistered)


Serious question about tablet-apps: the Honeycomb tablets, are they able to download non-tablet apps, in essence, have access to the entire Android Market (or other non-market app stores)? I have a Viewsonic gTablet, and I'm able to download and install whatever Android app I want, so I have the same apps on my G2 as I do on my gTablet, but they're so much better on the gTab since its screen is 10.1" (Angry Birds is one of my favorite examples of a app better on a tab then a phone). Are the Honeycomb tablets able to do this? Also, is the iPad able to download any apple app store app just like its smaller self, the iPod/Phone, or can it only download the Pad versions? I only ever read about "tablet-optimized" apps in these reviews, and while that is useful info, it'd be more or less irrelevant if the hundreds of thousands of other apps are available, just not "optimized"

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 09:39

34. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Can't answer your question, but I have the iPhone 4. I find it kind of annoying when an app doesn't support the "Retina" display. There aren't very many that don't support Retina, but they do look jaggy and truly better on the 3GS/3G (kind of like viewing 480i content on an HDTV vs SDTV). They aren't to the point of unusable, but if there is an alternate app, I will use the one that supports Retina.

I think you would feel the same way once you find an "optimized" app vs non.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 14:55

55. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 222; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


To answer your question If the app wasnt originally made for either honeycomb or iOS it will still be available to download in the marketplace / appstore, however its not a gaurentee that the downloaded app will have the same pleasurable experience as when viewing it on a phone. If the app isnt designed for tablets then chances are the app will not take up the whole screen of your device. iPad has a built in function to zoom in on the app so it will take up the whole screen but often times that can leave a jagged pixely image. As far as honeycomb goes I'm not entirely sure if it offers that same feature out of the box or if its a 3rd party app / plugin which could enable that.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 11:51

13. jimeco (unregistered)


honeycomb apps 90.000 ....keep talking

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 11:53

14. jimeco (unregistered)


*ipad apps 90.000 , honeycomb apps

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 11:55

15. Florian (unregistered)


You can use iphone apps on your ipad, but it doesn't look that great ( you just double it in size) but, there are more than enough ipad-optimized apps in the appstore( around 60.000), so you don't have to use those blown-up iphone apps.

And for the honeycomb tabs, yes you can use normal android apps, but i cannot say more about it.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 13:05

19. Alex (unregistered)


Reading this review, ive come to realize that according to this website, if its not apple, its not worth it. How unrealistic is that? Everything they compare in the video, whether it be screen resolution, or volume rockers, the unimportant yellowness of the white part of google's web page, always seems to be in favor of the apple product. They never seem to mention that the "not even noticeable" screen lag on the galaxy tab could be due in part to the extreme customization of the home screen. Something different than the dumb sqaures of the ipad? The plastic feel of the galaxy tab is PA digging for something to condemn. I guess the giant ipod will always be better.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 13:18

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


why does a product have to better then the other...?? they are similar products for diferent kinds of shoppers ..enough with this nonsense.. i am a average shopper and dont know much about hardware or other specs. and most of the consumer dont so fighting for whiom has better especs... most people dont care...i dont.. i just a tablet that can take me places...and is a a flexible price

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 14:01 1

21. bucky (Posts: 2684; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Lol I didnt even read the review. I knew what the result would be. I just want to see you over emotional nerds bitch and complain.

This revirw corresponds with the rest out there.

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