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.

In terms of cameras, there’s plenty to like since the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is outfitted with a 3.2-megapixel snapper with LED flash. Conversely, there might not be a flash on the new iPad, but rather, it’s impressiveness is found with its 5-megapixel iSight camera, which features an F2.8 aperture lens and sensor with backside illumination. On the other hand, front-facing cameras are naturally available with both, as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 packs a higher count 2-megapixel camera, versus the paltry VGA snapper on the iPad.


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: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 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: Jul 15, 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: Jul 15, 2011

i mean, yes LTE is not on the prime but please, the Transformers w/ LTE are coming.

34. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 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: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 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: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Considering the Tab 10.1 is the same price point as the "new" ... I see the comparison valid.

24. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 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: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

not exactaly, you can find deals on the tab just about anyday, on Apple products, not so much.

33. JonGarrett

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 06, 2011

or lets compare the Galaxy Note to the iPhone 4S.

37. alx33

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 07, 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: Feb 12, 2010

Did Apple really create a square tablet and called it innovative. LMAO!

56. samp1800

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 16, 2012

Totally true but I'm not scared of the acts prime lol

2. itsthenew

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 22, 2010

Maybe they tried but it kept rebooting.

3. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

biased review.

5. f1r3z0r

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

One year old table Vs a new tablet??? no point to do this such as comparison....

40. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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: Jul 21, 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: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 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: Jun 16, 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: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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: Nov 10, 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: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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: Jan 27, 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: Oct 22, 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: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 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: Dec 29, 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

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