Can Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Beat the iPad 2?

by Monica Samuel on April 19, 2011

When the 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab launched last year, there was a lot of excitement as it was the first Android tab to compete with the long reigning iPad. However, the tab couldn’t match up in specs, pricing, and software. Now, Samsung is releasing the 10.1 inch version of the Galaxy Tab that comes with the tablet optimized Honeycomb OS from Google, a thinner form factor than the iPad 2 and an improved entertainment experience.

The Tab definitely has the hardware to outdo iPad 2

The iPad 2 has the dual core A5 processor that’s faster and consumes the same battery life as the iPad in spite of better graphics, “HD cameras” at the front (HD 720p up to 30 fps with audio, 5x digital zoom for stills) and back (less than 1 megapixel, quite disappointing for stills), 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, built-in speaker, microphone, Wi-Fi, and 3G (for the Wi-Fi+3G) versions. There’s also video mirroring, video out, multiple language display support.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2 (a hurried change after the iPad 2 release). It includes a 1GHz dual core processor, 10.1-inch TFT screen with 1280x800p resolution, 8mp rear-facing camera capable of 1080p HD recording @ 24fps with LED flash, 2mp front-facing camera, 16GB/32GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, 3G support on GSM networks, dual-surround speakers, 10.1 Flash support, HSPA+ 4G connectivity, etc. No HDMI and USB port though. Apple’s iPad 2 does not come with Adobe Flash.

Can Honeycomb compete iOS?

The iPad 2 has the distinct advantage of having a mature and time tested OS on board as compared to the Honeycomb OS that has some rough edges and insufficient support from Google. Apart from that iPad 2 comes with FaceTime, PhotoBooth, integrated mail, Safari, iBooks, AirPlay, Find my iPad, iPod, iTunes, Maps, YouTube, Game Center, Notes, Calendar, Contacts, and over 65,000 quality apps from the App Store. With Galaxy Tab 10.1 you get 200,000 free and paid apps on the Android Market, Google services such as Maps, Calendar, Email, etc., Readers Hub and Music Hub, Samsung Touchwiz UX for a customized user experience. As far as apps and software go, Apple is the front runner.

Both will cost the same

Pricing is the third important factor. The 16GB and 32GB versions of the Wi-Fi version tabs are priced comparably. The 16GB version will cost the same as iPad 2, while the 8.9inch Galaxy Tab will be priced at a lower $470. Samsung’s price for the LTE versions are not out yet.
Alright, you now have it all in front of you. Take your pick. Samsung is expected to release the 10.1 and 8.9 versions of Galaxy Tab in June.

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JD April 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Biased some?


JMoore22 April 20, 2011 at 7:35 am

How is that biased JD? They’re comparing the hardware on both tabs, and the Samsung definitely DOES have the hardware to compete, if not overpower, your precious IPad 2.


JD April 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

I don’t nor will I ever own an apple product.. so I think you’re getting me wrong…


Travis April 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

This whole tablet war is driving me crazy. If Jobs would just get his act together and offer Flash support for the iPad 2 it would be game over. Why can’t he see that? I can’t believe how stubborn he’s being. Apple would own the entire tablet market.

On the other hand, I LOVE the Samsung Galaxy Tab and am looking forward to the new releases in June, but without iTunes, Android tablets are a pain too. I buy all of my music and movies through iTunes (because of the selection) so when I use my tablet it’s a hassle to get my iTunes stuff on it.

The perfect tablet would be the iPad 2 with Flash support OR an Android-based tablet with an iTunes app. If I can get iTunes on my PC, why can’t I get iTunes on my Android tablet??

It doesn’t seem Apple will offer Flash support anytime soon and it’s unlikely Android tablets won’t have access to iTunes anytime soon so you’re screwed.



Bryan May 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Flash support on ios will destroy its app store, trust me. Since alot of those apps r basically converted version of flash games which we r able 2 access on9 for free throughout all these years. Go to, look at those flash games published over there, looks familiar? The gameplay might b different due to touch, but da concept n da elements of those flash games, r da foundation in ios games. Look at angry birds, ive played a million of those similar flash game b4, n im crackin my head askin y is it so damn popular.

Its all business, and jobs is gud in it. Sadly, as end users, we need 2 find our own solution. Im goin 4 ipad2, ignore da specs, its da brand experience Apple delivers, which other makers has not yet 2 understand.


Gavin April 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

Here’s an idea. Use DoubleTwist and be sychronised with your ITUNES on your Galaxy.


Dave April 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

You can flaunt Samsung hardware specs all you want, but until you can actually buy one and compare it directly to the Ipad 2, there is nothing to talk about. In the actual consumer marketplace, it is the user experience that counts — not a bunch of specs on paper that tech geeks argue over.

Unfortunately for Samsung (and other manufactures), they are likely way too late to the party. Apple is on its second generation 10″ tablet, and has likely sold millions upon millions of Ipads and Ipad 2′s. Meanwhile, Samsung is still a good month and a half away from releasing their first 10″ tablet, which they were forced to modify when the Ipad 2 was released, making them a follower — not a leader. Samsung, you are way behind the curve — ship has already sailed, boys!


James April 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

The new Galaxy Tab is the way to go. Apple is clinging to it’s cell phone software, while Google completely changed it up with Honeycomb 3.0. It’s no longer a cell phone operating system, but designed specifically with the tablet in mind. Applications like File Manager and free Quickoffice being included on the Tab makes it the frontrunner in my book. And Dave I have used an iPad 2 and it’s nothing to go crazy about. The cameras on it are weak, and I mean weak. And if you didn’t notice, Samsung is releasing 2 different sized tablets. How much more can you expect a manufacturer to cater to its customer base? It sounds like they’re doing a pretty damn good job.


Mark April 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I have been waiting a year to purchase a non Apple tab. Because I hate the restriction of i-tunes and the non existence of expansion slots for memory cards and USB etc. Apple is to deficient in hardware. Galaxy looks like it could be a real winner, but I have to wait and see how it really performs. The Xoom is having performance problems. And now apple is suing Samsung for IP infringement . AHHHHHH. When will I get my non Apple tab?


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