Tablet Comparison: iPad 3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2



Whether fighting over your wallet or fighting it out in court, the Samsung vs. Apple competition seems inevitable. This rivalry is bound to get even thornier when Samsung’s newest, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, faces off with Apple’s iPad 3. Let’s see who comes out on top.

Design

The iPad 3 may look the same as its predecessor, but there’s no sense fixing something that ain’t broke. Besides, it’s hard to complain about something that oozes quality, from the materials to the superior construction. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thinner and lighter than the iPad. And while its matte plastic rear provides a good grip, the Galaxy Tab feels plasticky and lacks the iPad’s premium vibe.

Display

Weaving its technological magic, Apple was somehow able to fit in 2048 x 1536 in a 9.7-inch screen and the result is nothing short of tremendous. High-resolution images look incredibly vivid; text looks much sharper, although videos don’t normally come in this detail. The Galaxy Tab 2 comes at a respectable 1280 x 800, which is still good, but it’s not as dramatic. But aside from the resolution and detail, everything else seems even. Both have high contrasts, wide viewing angles and responsive screens.

Usability

The tablet experience is directly dependent on the operating system because it’s what interfaces with the user. However, comparing the iOS and Android isn’t easy because each offer a distinct benefit. Google’s operating system is all about customisation, while Apple focuses on simplicity and ease of use. So it all boils down to how you like your OS. Do you want it tailored to fit your needs? Then you’d probably be more suited to the Galaxy Tab. If you want something simple to use, then you can’t go wrong with the iPad.

Processor

The Galaxy Tab is powered by a dual-core 1GHz CPU, which is pretty much what every recent tablet uses. You can swipe your way around Android smoothly and gets the job done, even when running demanding apps like graphic-heavy games. The iPad has the same dual-core 1GHz CPU running under its hood, but has a secret sauce: the A5X, a chip with quad-core graphics that make tab loading and running games a piece of cake. It’s not even fair—the iPad 3 outpaces the Galaxy Tab in almost every performance aspect.

Connectivity

Both tablets have several connectivity options like 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, GPRS, EDGE, USB and Bluetooth (although the Galaxy Tab supports v3), but the iPad also supports DC-HSDPA and LTE, making your web surfing insanely faster. Add to the fact that the iPad 3 loads tabs like a fiend and you have yourself the best mobile browsing device to date.

Camera

The Galaxy Tab has a few tricks up its camera sleeve. Its snapper comes with 3.15MP, an LED flash, geo-tagging, autofocus and 1080p video capture, but it all seems vanilla when compared to the iPad 3’s camera, which has 5MP, image stabilisation for images and videos, auto-exposure, autofocus, and a back-illuminated sensor that makes your shots in the dark look better.

Battery life

Because of its bigger battery, the iPad 3 lasts just as long as its predecessor, which should be nearly 10 hours. In contrast, the Galaxy Tab can survive for almost nine hours. So while the Galaxy Tab doesn’t last nearly as long, we prefer it over the iPad 3’s literally hot power source, which can get as warm as 116 degrees. Worse, the iPad 3 takes forever to charge and you can’t use it while it’s charging or it won’t store any power.

Verdict

The iPad 3 leads the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 in almost every category, so it’s obviously the better choice, bad battery notwithstanding.

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About the Author:

This article was written by Michael. Michael is a tech expert and has written many articles reviewing mobile phones and mobile tech. He is also a content writer for mobiles.com.au.

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