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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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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Apple iPad 2Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad 2
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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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Music player of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2

Music player of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1


The music player of Apple iPad 2 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2
The music player of Apple iPad 2 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2
The music player of Apple iPad 2 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2
The music player of Apple iPad 2 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2

The music player of Apple iPad 2


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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Watching videos on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2
Watching videos on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2

Watching videos on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1


The video player of Apple iPad 2 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2
The video player of Apple iPad 2 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2

The video player of Apple iPad 2


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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