Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2

With summer in full swing and many people taking some much-needed vacations, tablets are increasingly becoming the gadget of choice to carry along on those trips away from home. Obviously, they’re much more portable than most traditional laptops, but even more, they’ve evolved tremendously to offer an experience that’s adaptive to our ever-growing needs. 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.


By now, we all know the story behind these two razor thin tablets, though, it’s worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 takes the crown as being the thinnest and lightest tablet. To the eye, the two look almost alike in terms of thickness, but it’s only by a hairline that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 edges out the iPad 2. Still, we actually prefer the more refined and polished construction of the iPad 2 versus the plasticy nature of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. True, there’s nothing too polarizing with their straightforward designs, but the premium nature of the iPad 2 undoubtedly makes it the more highly prized of the two – especially when they sport the same price point. The plastic helps the Tab 10.1 to be lighter though.

Again, we find yet another similarity between the two tablets since they sport the best-looking displays we’ve seen grace tablets thus far. On one hand the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s PLS-LCD display sizes up at 10.1” with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, whereas the iPad 2 comes in with a 9.7” IPS display and 1024 x 768 resolution. Honestly, they both exhibit a lot of detail, luminance, and vivid color production to wow anyone from afar, but after meticulously looking at both, the iPad 2 has a more natural looking color production. In fact, there is a slight blue tinge with the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s display with the color white – while at extreme angles, the color black turns to a subtle grey color.

Both the dedicated power buttons and volume rockers on the two tablets are distinguishable to the touch, while offering a sensible amount of feedback when pressed, but the iPad 2’s buttons jut out just a tiny bit more. In terms of other ports, they both flaunt proprietary data/charging connectors and 3.5mm headset jacks. The iPad 2 has a single speaker located on the back corner of the tablet, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers stereo support with its left and right speakers.

It’s worth noting that their batteries are not user removable and will require you to send it out for service if you need them to be replaced. Additionally, they don’t provide any means of supplementing their internal storage capacities – meaning, you’re stuck with whatever you pick.



2. Sdota unregistered

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

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.

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.

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!!!!!!!!!!

71. andrewgarza

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 18, 2011

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

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.

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.

30. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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...

45. jrock81 unregistered

You sir, have awful penmanship.

51. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

ur a f**king moron, leave already!

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.

63. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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 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

68. nbannis

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 17, 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?

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!

8. anonymus unregistered

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

9. ryq unregistered

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

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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 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..

16. lulz unregistered


24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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....

11. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

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"

34. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

55. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

13. jimeco unregistered

honeycomb apps 90.000 ....keep talking

14. jimeco unregistered

*ipad apps 90.000 , honeycomb apps

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.

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.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

21. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 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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