Without a doubt tablet PCs are representing a new and innovative approach to the computing experience. These devices combine the power of a smart phone with the horsepower of a laptop, and are available with stunning multi touch screens. Two of the major players in the tablet PC arena are the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Facing off with these two devices and determining a winner is no easy task, but set beside each other they may look similar and offer similar features, but in reality are two very different pieces of technology. Here is a look based on specifications featured on PCworld.com:
Processor and Memory
The iPad is powered by the 1Ghz Apple A4 processor while the Galaxy Tab is powered by the 1Ghz Cortex A8 chip. As far as RAM goes, the iPad has 256MB to the 512MB of the Galaxy. However, both tablets offer top notch speed and horsepower, and whether connected to the internet via Wi-Fi or 3G network offer a smooth approach to just about any online or offline need. Internal memory is a little different as the Galaxy is available with 16GB or 32GB of space and the iPad is available with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB. Only the Galaxy features expandable memory up to 32GB of extra space. Truth be told, both computers offer plenty room for music, movies, apps, and files, so this category is pretty much a tie.
This one is a no brainer. The Samsung Galaxy contains two cameras: a 3.2 Megapixel rear facing camera and a 1.3 Megapixel front facing camera. The iPad has no camera, which means this category is a default win for the Galaxy, as it can support all sorts of different functions and applications, including video chat, right out of the box. Plus, as far as convenience goes, having the camera available is a huge asset.
Size & Screen
The screen of the iPad clicks in at 9.7 inches, while the Galaxy is a little undersized at 7 inches or about the size of many ereaders. The downside of the 7 inch mark means the Galaxy is roughly double the size of the screen on many smart phones. At nearly ten inches, the iPad stands out from the crowd. While both screens support multi-touch and all those cool gestures and look great, the size of the iPad just makes it much more appealing. Give this one to the iPad.
The Galaxy is powered by the Android operating system, and the iPad is powered by the iOS4 system from Apple. While Android may be the coolest thing going these days, both systems run pretty well on their particular machines. While the iPad may have access to more apps, the Galaxy and Android have a nice collection of apps available as well. Of course, both collections will only continue to grow over time. The big difference here is that the Galaxy will support websites programmed with Flash technology and the iPad will not. That means the Galaxy gives users access to more websites, which means the winner here is the Galaxy.
The basic no frills model of the iPad, a 16GB Wi-Fi enabled model, sells for $499 at Best Buy or Bestbuy.com, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab sells for $599. Of course, different versions of the iPad are available for more money. In order to have 3G access both units require data plans from their respective carriers which results in a monthly access charge. So while the Galaxy is a nice unit, the extra costs point to the iPad being the better buy, just because of the higher screen resolution, more available apps, and a flat out bigger screen.
Still, the particular unit of choice is largely subjective. Users looking for a small unit that can help entertain as well as stay productive would do well to consider the Galaxy Tab. Both units perform pretty much the same tasks, albeit through different means. They are both great for movies, pictures, and email. The beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and one tablet may appeal to a different niche of people than the other. There is indeed no clear cut winner, as both tablets are great pieces of technology.