Thin is in: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 vs Apple iPad 2 specs

Thin is in: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 vs Apple iPad 2 specs
Not to be outdone by Apple, Samsung rushed back to the drawing board when it realized how thin Cupertino managed to make the iPad 2. The two skinny products of its labor we got our hands on at the CTIA 2011 are the reworked Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the all new Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, with the numbers indicating the screen size.

The Apple iPad 2 is already way ahead with 60 000 + applications written specifically for the tablet's screen real estate, whereas Android 3.0 Honeycomb is just now spreading its wings. Software and apps count aside, we decided to insert some of the important specs in a table, so as we can clearly see the specifics of the three thinnest slates ever announced.

We are comparing the basic Wi-Fi versions, as there is still no carrier announced for Samsung's tablets, although their cellular versions do HSPA+ 4G at 21Mbps, faster than the Apple iPad 2, but HSDPA speeds are more for bragging rights, since no network can currently provide the peak speeds. Sammy's Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Tab 8.9 have higher screen resolutions and better rear cameras, which are able to record Full HD video, if that's your thing, and also offer expandable storage via microSD card slots to store those large video files.

Samsung's tablets are also a hair thinner and lighter than the already slick iPad 2, with the weight kept in check due to the plastic construction. Still, it is amazing what Samsung did for slimming the chassis on such a short notice, showing that it perfectly understands the market drivers, and has the capacity to innovate under competitive pressure.



1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

why so tittle ram..... gawd

9. Honeycomb_FTW unregistered

I agree. They need at least 1GB of RAM especially on Android. Just far too much multitasking and the tabbed browser need the extra ram--I don't want it behaving like the iPad and refreshing every window/tab you go back do. Not only that but some of the HD games coming out for the Tegra platform I'm sure will need significant RAM.

10. Honeycomb_FTW unregistered

Just did a little checking and other sites say they have 1GB of RAM.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

it was changes to 'unspecified'

2. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

iPad2 is the worst.

3. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Speaking purely on a specification stand point, Samsung takes the cake on this one. While I don't own a tablet or android/ios phone, I plan on purchasing my first one this summer. From what I've been reading on this site/Engadget I think I am going with android. The specs are becoming very high-end, the OS is starting to clean up real nice compared to 6 months ago. I think it is finally becoming what all the fanboys are claiming it to be.

13. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Good point. But the thing is Android NEEDS this raw processing power to be stable and it still isnt as smooth in the end, and the iPad 2's 800MHZ processor still beat the Xooms 1GHZ. I havent bought a tablet either but i'm still leaning towards Apple. Android defiantly wins the spec war, but I think ill wait until iOS5.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its easy to seem more smooth when your doing less. apple cant multitask and do all the neat things that android does.

4. timi unregistered

phonearena does it again, with being biased. How did you know it has 512mb of ram. No where in the presentation was it mentioned, not even in the press release notes. Please explain yourself

8. calamazoo unregistered

hehe, it's gonna have at least 512 megs of ram, so i guess they are being conservative. Probably Samsung itself doesn't know yet - if the Galaxy S II is any indication, these tablets will be sold both with Tegra 2 or Exynos dual-core chipsets, depending on region and avilability, so they might as well come with different amounts of RAM too. we'll see...

20. surfy101

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Apple is also very secretive about their specs. That's why we have companies that tear down their products to find out.... limmer-display-package_id17387

5. unregistered

The 8.9 inch Galaxy Tab is actually the first Android tablet to tempt me. I think it is exactly the sort of device that needs to go up against the iPad 2. Being able to say that your entry level model is cheaper than Apple's entry level model is going to be an important factor in attracting the general public. The big problem left is more or less out of their control though. They need to do something about the application lead that iOS has over Android in the tablet space. Apple is going to promote the crap out of that stat, and companies like Samsung are going to need something tangible to counter it.

6. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Not Samsung but Google.

7. unregistered

Actually, Samsung. Google's stake in this venture isn't quite the same. Sure, they have their part to play too, but the individual companies making the tablets, like Samsung, are going to have to have *something* to counter Apple when they boast of their massive lead in apps.

11. Honeycomb_FTW unregistered

The application number is generally a bunch of BS. Yes, the app store has more apps specific for tablets. However, iPhone apps do not scale properly to the iPad--they are emulated as an iPhone app with an iPhone keyboard and a 2x (very pixelated) mode. This is a horrible design. Android phone apps scale properly if designed according to 1.6+ SDK. However, they may not utilize the bigger screen space optimally but the large majority of apps will work well. Especially apps in which you utilize the whole screen anyways--think of text editors, word processors, and games. Furthermore, there are lots of Flash and Adobe Air apps on the web that are available as well as web apps. There are also some very productive apps coming to Honeycomb--QuickOffice and Softmaker Office. No one uses 10K apps on their device. So, there's a lot already available to Honeycomb to make you productive and do most everything you need out of the box. Games are getting better every day. Finally, you can always use something like Ignition LogMeIn to control a PC and use any app on your PC ;) People just need to think about the apps they utilize/want/need and then checkout the market and web to see if they can find suitable replacements. Apple just likes throwing out those numbers because they never had many apps for the Mac and now that they have a little edge they want to use it, but it's apples and oranges here. And finally. . . how many apps in all "app stores" are junk apps or just repackaged web pages/content?

12. calamazoo unregistered

totally agree, give honeycomb a year and see what happens, not to mention it supports multicore chipsets right off the bat, so Android tablets with them have the upper hand now...

14. Jellmoo unregistered

The problem is that you are looking at this issue from a technical/technological perspective. That isn't what matters here. This is a marketing issue, first and foremost. Joe and Jane Average don't understand any of this. They want something that runs "apps". They probably don't even have a firm idea what an app is, they just know that they want to be able to run a lot of them. Apple can, should and will market the crap out of the fact that the iPad has over 60,000 native apps. All of the points you raised are 100% valid, but ultimately aren't going to matter too much to the casual consumer. Companies like Samsung are going to have to work at least twice as hard to market their products if they hope to have a chance versus the iPad. They are going to have to take everything you said, condense it to a very short spiel, and hope that they can work it so that it gains the attention of the non tech-geek crowd.

17. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 2010

i agree. The Xoom commercials are so middle school. Show me what the tab can do. Showing me that I 'll turn into a terminator thingy does not make me want to buy your product. Show me a commercial that is as informative as the 12 mn with the Galaxy tab video and make sure the music is up to date and adds to the playful mood. Tmobile is starting to get it. SHOW me the capabilities! stop showing me nerdy commercials!

21. surfy101

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

For me, both Apple iPad and Google tablets each have their place in the market. For one, you need competitive products from more than one company to prevent any monopoly (think Microsoft/Intel). I totally agree it's not always about specs/apps. These are getting better/more by the day. It's about what/how can I use this iPad/tablet to fit my lifestyle. It could be work, game, status symbol, education etc.

18. hmm unregistered

... just $30 difference between the 8.9" and 10.1"? I would think Samsung ought to revise their pricing.

25. Enna unregistered

Yes, it should not be more, because screen resolution is the same, so for me 8.9" better because of more dpi. 8.9" exactly the same but smaller and lighter and more convenient for carry arround.

22. John unregistered

I wonder if Samsung is being honest with the specs here. Hear me out. They change from the thicker tablet specs to the thinner one in less than a month. A manufacturing marvel, really. The prototypes that they say are much thinner (which they are from the original) won't turn on. Now, a writer for InformationWeek was able to take photos of the iPad 2 next to the thinner Galaxy Tabs at CTIA. It turns out, from the pictures, that the iPad 2 is still thinner than the "prototypes" that won't even turn on. You'd think they'd at least have dummy "prototypes" that they can show are smaller than the iPad 2. Here's the source and link to the pictures:

24. Joel V unregistered

That is cool that Samsung made their Galaxy Tab a lot thinner than it was before! That will show Apple! I am so excited for this tablet! I will probably be one of the first ones in line to get it! As soon as I get my 10.1 Galaxy Tab, the first thing I am going to do is download the DISH Remote Access app. Using this app and my 922 SlingLoaded DVR, I can stream live TV anywhere that I can get an internet connection with the Tab. As a DISH Network customer and employee I have been using the DISH Remote Access app for some time now on my Galaxy S phone. So I have had experience watching TV while away from home. As soon as I get the Galaxy Tab, then I will be able to see it on the beautiful screen! I am so excited! I hope the day it goes out to the public comes fast!

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