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Apple iPad 2 VS Samsung Galaxy Tab – Detailed Comparison

So let’s carry on the theme today. We know that the Apple iPad 2 is out, finally, and we want to see how it measures up against the Steve Jobs dubbed “copycats” out in the market. So the next in line for a detailed comparison with the Apple iPad 2, is the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

From what we know of the tablet market up till now, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the most popular Android tablet out there. The only tablet in the market, which has managed to give the Apple iPad a bit of a competition, is no doubt the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, let us see if the Galaxy Tab matches what the Apple iPad 2 touts:

Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad 2



Manufacturer Samsung Apple Inc.
Operating System Android iOS 4.3
Processor 1.08 GHz Cortex A8 A5 Dual Core
RAM 512 MB 512 MB (confirmed)
Memory 16 GB, 32 GB 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Screen size 7-inch 9.7-inch
Dimensions 7.48 inches tall, 4.74 inches wide, and 0.47 inch thick 9.5 tall, 7.31 inches wide and 0.34 inch thick
Multitasking Yes Yes
Camera Two cameras, front and rear Two cameras, front and rear
Video Recording Yes, Yes, 720p
WiFi and 3G Yes Yes
Flash Support Yes No
microSD Card Slot Yes No
USB Ports No No
Price varies by carrier Starting at $499


So there was Samsung Galaxy Tab pitted against Apple iPad 2 and if you’re wondering how the Android running tablet performs against the original iPad, don’t forget to check out Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab does not run Honeycomb, which is the tablet specific version of Android, so essentially the operating system on the tablet is ironically not optimized for tablets. Other than that, the Galaxy Tab is similar in terms of processing power, however it takes the lead in RAM. The 7-inch screen size here, has been debated a lot. Whether or not its the fact that one would want a tablet that has a full size, and isn’t sort of a mini-tablet thing, that is why the iPad mini tablet rumours never resurfaced again. The other good thing about the Samsung Galaxy Tab is that its supports Flash right out of the box. It has a microSD card slot as well. You can also make phone calls via the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The Apple iPad 2 on the other hand provides dual-core processing and up to 9X better graphics, so it earns serious respect for that. Obviously one can not compare these two tablets on terms of dimensions because of the totally different factors they have. Once again, the Apple iPad 2 loses points for not supporting flash. In terms of software, we all know how big iOS 4.3 is going to be. No phone calling here, but given that feature of the Galaxy Tab, it just seems like its a giant, oversized phone.

So what would you rather have? The Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Apple iPad 2? Sound off, in the comments below.

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{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Shamair Nazir Ahmed March 5, 2011, 3:25 am

    well now that you have confirmed the galaxy tab has flash here are my ratings:
    Galaxy Tab: 9.5 iPad 2: 9.7-.3=9.4

  • Dd March 5, 2011, 7:51 am

    galaxy tab

  • Mike March 5, 2011, 4:32 pm

    Why do you compare Tab with iPad2? There is Galaxy 10.1 out there… compare those too. iPad 2 sucks.

  • Motorola cell phones March 22, 2011, 11:54 am

    Ipad 2 is any day better than those android based os…..
    Ipad 2 rocks 😀

    • Khun Han March 23, 2011, 3:31 pm

      Galaxy Tab fits in my palm and in my jeans pocket. It’s a total communication device as well.

      • Acsinfra2 March 24, 2011, 12:28 pm

        Dude how big r ur pocket??? XD

      • Alan June 2, 2011, 2:47 pm

        does is it also fit inside your ass? 🙂

  • ipad blog April 18, 2011, 6:33 am

    it would be nice if you have included the moto zoom too… I’m really confused on which of the three I should get.

  • Queentorrent November 6, 2011, 5:11 am

    Most people, me included, won’t care for the openness of the Android OS
    and will definitely not use it to its full potential. To me these
    tablets are just toys, they will be used for web browsing, watching
    videos and playing games. For just web browsing the Samsung is
    definitely better because of the Flash support. For watching videos, i
    truly believe its a tie, the screen on the iPad 2 is really good when
    you see it in person, it is really not worse than the Xoom’s screen. I
    understand that Samsung’s will be a bit better than the Xoom’s, but I
    don’t think it will be that much better. Now for games the iPad 2 is
    the definitive winner, there are just way more apps and they are better

    I use an Android phone and I really hate how we don’t
    have alot of great games, I know everyone keeps saying that they are
    coming but when are they coming? Sorry if I offended anyone, this was
    not intended for that.

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