Interface and Functionality:

Now, this is an area where the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad differ fundamentally. On one hand we have the Galaxy Tab running Android with TouchWiz 3.0, and on the other - the iPad rocking iOS.

A lot can be said about these two mobile platforms, but we'll naturally avoid going through every small detail in this comparison. There are all kinds of opinions favoring each one of them, but in reality, all that matters is what you want to do with your tablet. For starters, we should point out that iOS takes the winning spot for performance and responsiveness, as there isn't any other mobile OS right now capable of running more smoothly and seamlessly.


However, if you can put up with some lag here and there, Android is clearly better when it comes to personalization options, as it allows you to decide exactly what do you want to have on your homescreen. It also has widgets, some of which present a decent way of getting information fast, without the need to fire up a dedicated application.

iOS may be a bit more conventional because of its simple icon grid layout, but this hides an obvious advantage here - it's extremely easy to learn and use. If there has to be a tablet that you should just pick up and go, it's definitely the Apple iPad with its straightforward interface.



Both devices happen to be very well equipped in terms of basic functions like different organizer or media tools, and if there's something missing you can easily find it in both Android Market and App Store. We don't feel the same about more advanced third-party software though, but more on that later.




Internet and Connectivity:

Surfing the internet on a tablet is a wonderful procedure. As some people say, it just feels right to do it on a large touchscreen, and the 7" and 9.7" displays of the Galaxy Tab and iPad respectively are simply perfect for the job. The Galaxy Tab's smaller size isn't really what's frustrating us here. It's the Android browser, which runs quite poorly at times for such a high-end device. Sure, some cleaner sites work just fine, but once a web page gets more crowded and Flash elements start to show up, it's goodbye smooth scrolling and hello lag. The iPad may lack Flash Player 10.1 support, but at least it handles each and every website perfectly fine, with buttery smooth scrolling and zooming. If you're intent on exploiting the browser heavily, we'd recommend that you stick with the iPad as it is able to provide you with a more consistent and overall better web browsing.




However, if it so happens that Flash support is a main priority of yours, then you have no other option but to side with the Galaxy Tab. Still, keep in mind that this is only valid if you want to have Flash elements visualized, and Flash-based websites loaded. If it's only the videos you want, Skyfire 2.0 is well on its way to the Apple tablet and it will easily remedy the situation.

Both devices can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and 3G (for the Wi-Fi + 3G version of the Apple iPad). GPS is onboard for both as well, along with Bluetooth 3.0 for the Tab and 2.1 for the iPad. The iPad presents a bit more flexible offer, since you can get a Wi-Fi-only version, which is cheaper, but Samsung is also expected to roll out a Wi-Fi-only variant sometime soon.

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22 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

typica PA crap. "The price is where the iPad delivers its final punch, as the Galaxy Tab ended up pretty similarly priced, which is downright frustrating for a device that does less." Really? How did the Ipad do in the camera, calling, adobe flash, and video codec compatabilty and wide angle viewing? oh.. it didnt.. it cant.. it doesnt even have the features. so what does the ipad do that the tab cant again? besides have a fat shiney apple logo on it and an extra 6 months or so of App development time? How many apps were made for the ipad when it came out? yea, none. Yet you dont compare that to the Tab, you compare 6-8 months of development time. As always, quite honest and fair when it comes to apple products. And i dont know about most people, but I'd take a browser that lags a little bit but can pull up my school website, than a browser that may be uberduber smooth, but cant. dont see ya getting too much school work done on an ipad.. lol.

23. karf unregistered

I have to disagree on you on something: THat NO apps where made for the iPad at launch? Maybe so. BUT lets not forget that the iPad can run almost every single iPod touch and iPhone app there is. So yeah, beat that...

2. Misanthropos

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

if somebody wanted to put an Android device in their pocket, they'd get a phone.

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

if that's the case then why would somebody want an oversized iPhone?

21. reggstar unregistered

A person who wants an OVER SIZED PHONE is A person who doesn't want to pay 3 times for darn internet service. Don't you think it would be smart to have a SIM CARD SPOT in the Tablet for those really Smart people who like to save a buck. By the way who wants to carry a cell phone, laptop, and a Tablet or iPad at the same time?

3. Spokeless unregistered

How about, What is the incentive for me to get the Samsung Tab, When i already have a Fascinate or epic.. lol its a whoping 3 inches bigger, which is actually a unique Size. Since the Device is 7 inches it doesn't distinguish how to hold it. When you put the device down you will notice that the qwerty is just to small to do the good ol fasion 2 hand fast type, yes theres swype for the keyboard, but since it bumped up to seven inches swype is not needed concidering its quicker to just type a letter then to drag your finger all the way across the screen (Using the Tab Sideways Atleast). Yes the iphone when put down can be used with your 2 hands typing and also since it is 10 inches it makes me feel better that i just spent 600 dollars on something substantially bigger. Also the Ipad forces you yes to hold it like a note book where you would lean it on your forearm but if you hold the Tab with one hand its quite uncomfortable Maybe just my hand but it was cramping after like 5 minutes. Also the Camera on the Tab is pathetic lol thanks for making a statement Samsung lol both of the Cameras on the Tab doesn't even add up to my 5mp camera on my Fascinate. Lol great little thing but no incentive for me to spend that much money on something remotely the same. Get the Ipad on verizon and get a verizon droid and get the best of both Worlds!

4. nibblix unregistered

Adobe flash........ Non issue! Apple will buy Adobe and flash will quietly fade into the history books. I only hope Microsoft and Google aren't to slow to react!!

5. mon unregistered

"-There might be a slight advantage to the iPad's viewing angles," The picture clearly shows that the Samsung Galaxy Tab has clearer viewing angles. It's not even close.

8. fair and balance unregistered

obviously the person who wrote this article is showing favorable bias toward the apple ipad. Com'on really dude. Very obvious. Both tablets are great products. I have seen both first hand. It really comes down to preference when picking between these two great products. If you like web browsing(flash player) and sharing photos, the samsung tablet would be your pick. If you want something that is not complicated and fairly easy to use pick the apple tablet. The products are both equally priced, so there is no debating in this category. Overall, be a smart consumer when picking between the two. Dont pick a product because of its name or popularity.

14. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

its phone arena they get stiffys for apple products and Tmobile.

9. bempey unregistered

The reviewer's Apple bias really showed in what *wasn't* compared. So, memory is filling up, what's the option? On the Samsung, stuff in a uSD card. On the Apple ... well, for another $100 Jobs will sell you a device with $10- more chips in it. I bought an iPad months ago to demo a product at tradeshows. Its barely functional for limited applications like that, but even there it failed. If you leave it for a minute the screen blanks AND it loses its Wifi connection. At my cabin (where there is NO other wireless in range ... which is extremely short on the iPad) it re-connects quickly. At the show, with a dozen signals in range, it took an eternity. Up to 100 seconds to connect, by which time my prospective customer is a booth or 2 down the aisle. Oh, if your hot-spot is NOT an Apple product, but one of your neighbors IS then you're hosed. The iPad will always try connecting to an Apple Wifi router before any other, even if the other is the one that you configured as default. (speaking of which, I've reset the Network settings many times because it completely lacks many of the common configuration items that any "real" computer offers) I've owned the iPad for a half year and its now collecting dust. Its the most annoying piece of tech I've ever used, and has the worst wireless Internet signal reception of any product that I've encountered. And with 25+ years of designing embedded computer products, I've encountered quite a few. PS: Its great for watching YouTube videos. If you want to spend $600 to watch you-tube, have I got a deal for you!

10. headon.collision

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 15, 2010

who ever wrote this review is obviously one-sided to the ipad, cuz no matter what his trying to hide the ipad disadvantages and not fully show the samsung galaxy advantages, and yes size really matter, thats the whole point of buying atablet. am not hating on the ipad or anything, just give other companies achance to show what they have to offer. cuz i`ve known some people who are totally blind folded by this apple fever and are refusing to take alook at any other thing that is not produced by apple. i`ve had several ipods in my past and these products are very sensitive and can`t handle rough treatment as other companies products do. such as sony walkman and creative mp3. same thing applies to notebooks. yes the looks and the features are so appealing but if it can`t handle day by day durability then i rather go look somewhere else.

11. blueFox

Posts: 9; Member since: May 29, 2008

The review is obviously biased -- towards the Apple device. You can read it between the lines. Examples: "...the Samsung Galaxy Tab manages to squeeze in a 3.2MP AF camera plus a front-facing one ... features that are sorely missing from the current-generation iPad... We like both of them and we can't say which one is the winner..." "...iOS may be a bit more conventional ... but this hides an obvious advantage ... it's extremely easy to learn and use. If there has to be a tablet that you should just pick up and go, it's definitely the Apple iPad..." "...the Galaxy Tab can play files in all popular formats in up to HD 720p resolution without a hitch, which is great, as it will save you the time that you'll otherwise have to spend converting videos for the iPad. On the other hand, the Apple iPad has the larger screen, which automatically makes the experience more enjoyable..." "...the iPad may lack Flash Player 10.1 support ... If you're intent on exploiting the browser heavily, we'd recommend that you stick with the iPad... If it's only the videos you want, Skyfire 2.0 is well on its way to the Apple tablet and it will easily remedy the situation."

12. chris unregistered

this guy is clearly an apple fanboy. Dont base your buying decisions on this guys review.He knows nothing about Android.

13. skokie8bali unregistered

I hope that this guy dose not post any more reviews because if he knew anything about apple he would know that they get there ideas from linux and lets not forget when apple finally came out with multitasking for the iphone android had that way way before and as far as the app store who cares about the 300,000 apps if i owned an iphone and i did a few years ago i did not use 299,950 of them. so please stop making apple the overpriced peace of s#$t it really is.

15. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

yeah worse review ever fire this guy horrible article

16. mcoope37 unregistered

i can't believe the article didn't include the fact that ipad only works with a wifi connection while the galaxy tab can use 3g connections (with a service charge of course). this is a major advantage to the galaxy tab and would be one of the greatest reasons why i would choose it over the ipad. it is good to see these kind of reviews, but please include all the facts and do not include any biases toward a product if you want the readers to take it seriously.

17. trongone unregistered

actually mcoope37 i believe both are 3g compatible.

22. Jay unregistered

mcoope37: you must be smoking your socks...each variety of the iPad has a 3g option.

18. DroidDrools unregistered

Thank you for an un-biased review. Many of these comments are obviously Android fanboys. The iPad is much smoother, doesn't use the slow and buggy Adobe Flash, is much easier to use, much easier to view videos on, has many more apps to use, and isn't full of Android's slow-as-molasses operating system.

20. ghost_uwi

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

i have an android and apple device, apple IOS is way more polished and superior. Android is also a great operating system but IOS is just much more polished experience.

24. Guest unregistered

Are you kidding me? This author is no critic. He/she is an Apple Fan. The only thing that Apple's product is famous for is because of their app store, and their design. Thats all. Thats all.

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