See Samsung’s up-and-coming Android tablet measured up next to the reigning champ, as we compare Samsung’s Galaxy Tab vs. the Apple iPad from a specifications perspective.
What the heck is a tablet computer ?
Mainstream America might never have known before Apple bushwhacked its way through technical barriers, misconceptions and skeptics stake its claim on tablet computing with the iPad. The breakthrough tablet, which Apple still struggles to keep in stock, dodged mistakes made by previous tablets by making computing with your fingers easy, relatively inexpensive , and above all, fun.
But no company can dominate an entire market forever – even one that essentially created it. Having eyed Apple enviously for months, other companies are now attempting to elbow their way in on the tablet space. And Samsung is among the first to the table with the Galaxy Tab. Can the supersized version of the company’s successful Galaxy S Smartphones compete? We stacked it side by side with the Apple iPad to find out.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab
No denying it: The iPad is a bit of a heifer. By laptop dimensions, 1.5 pounds sounds phenomenally light, but hold it in your hands for a while, and you’ll realize a 1.5-pound book starts to feel heavy fast. The Samsung Galaxy Tab drops weight to just 0.84 pounds, while shrinking by several inches in width and height as well, due to the smaller screen.
Winner: To be determined
Apple shocked audiences at its iPad launch by announcing that the cheapest iPad would go for only $499, making it one of the most affordable items in the Apple catalog. While we still don’t have full pricing information for the Galaxy Tab, rumors suggest it may be equal or potentially even higher. Rumors have pointed to €699 ($890) for the 16GB version and €799 ($1,020) for the 32GB version, and converting the pre-tax Swedish price puts it around $930. But since it’s all complete hear-say for the moment, it remains to be seen whether the Galaxy Tab will really arrive at a competitive price point.
Comparing the Apple iPad and Galaxy Tab in the speed department at this point is a lot like comparing identical twins on the track: Clearly, one must be faster, but you know they’re going to be neck and neck, and they’ve yet to race. Apple’s A4 processor is derived from the same A8 Cortex CPU the Galaxy Tab uses, so they’re essentially family. In our comparison of the iPhone 4 and A8-powered Captivate, we had to declare a draw considering both seemed to excel in different areas. We’ll do the same here.
Winner: Apple iPad
As far as LCD screens go, the iPad sports one of the best in the business. Besides efficient LED backlighting and a generous 9.7-inch span, it uses in-plane switching (IPS) technology, which gives it a viewing angle unrivalled by the cheaper twisted-nematic (TN) screens used in most other devices. The Galaxy Tab offers a 16:9 display ratio, which is preferable for watching movies, but it also reduces resolution (from 1024 x 768 on the iPad to just 1024 x 600) and shrinks to just 7 inches across. Less resolution, smaller size, and inferior technology ? I think we know which we would prefer to watch last week’s Mad Men on, thank you.
Winner: Apple iPad
At present, Apple’s App Store contains over 25,000 iPad apps, and it can also leverage any of the 225,000 iPhone apps available. Even if all 70,000 smartphone apps in the Android market play nicely with Galaxy Tab, it will remain at a severe disadvantage beside the iPad just by virtue of sheer volume. Worse, developers can be expected to develop tablet-optimized Android apps when the size and specs on each Android tablet will vary.
Samsung matches the middle-of-the-line Apple iPad with 32GB of internal storage, and leaves room to match the king-sized 64GB version with a microSD slot capable of tacking on another 32GB – if you can afford the card. Which sets you up with the memory you need for cheaper? Until we know the price on the Samsung, it’s a draw, but Apple’s propensity to overcharge for memory and the continually dropping price of SD cards suggests the Galaxy Tab will be the victor.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab
How did Apple miss the boat on adding a camera to the iPad? You’ll have to ask Steve Jobs, but Samsung apparently has itself put together a little better. The Galaxy Tab includes both a 3-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3 MP front-facing cam for videoconferencing. It will even capture 720p HD video. Samsung 1, Apple 0.
Winner: To be determined
We certainly can’t muster much praise for Apple’s choice to marry the iPad to AT&T, but we still have not a clue which carriers will pick up the Galaxy Tab. Rumors seem to swing from Verizon to Sprint and back again, even swaying into 4G territory now and then, but nothing is for certain. 4G connectivity would certainly net the Galaxy a win here, but until we know, it’s a draw.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab
How can any device hope to compete with Apple’s legacy when it comes to music and video? Well, Flash, for one. The Galaxy Tab will support it, while the iPad infamously will not. Along the same lines, Samsung claims it will handle formats such as DivX, Xvid and WMV that the iPad does not natively support.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB TECH SPECS :
The Tab has GSM/GPRS/EDGE along with HSPA-enhanced 3G connectivity. Both for voice and data, SMS and MMS too. The Android Froyo powered Galaxy tab is not much inferior to the iPad. Galaxy Tab is lightweight and more plastic in design. The Galaxy tab enables with the same AMOLED screenwhich is already used in Galaxy S -again which would be for reducing the price.
Its 7 inch TFT display with 1024 x 600 resolutions is made for the best browsing of HD Videos. This tablet having 3 MP camera with auto-focus snapper withLED flash at the back side and 1.3 MP camera at the front side. The main function for 1.3 MP is for Video Telephony.
There are two options for the built-in memory – 16GB or 32GB, which is expandable using microSD cards up to 32GB. The connectivity of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is rounded off byBluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and 30 pin data connector same as that of Apple.
The Galaxy Tab having 1GHZ possessor with 512MB RAM which can make the background task work faster and smoother. There are some basic applications added for the users basic needs like Adobe Flashplayer, document editor, Microsoft Exchange.
Apple iPad Specifications
Half - inch thin
1.5 pound in weight ( approx 600 gm)
9.7 inch diagonal screen IPS type
Capacative multi touch
16 to 64 GB Flash Storage
1 GHz A4 Processor
Built in speaker
Built in microphone
10 hours battery with one month Standby
Eco Friendly Manufacturing Process
On the surface, Samsung’s Galaxy is merely a smaller iPad running Android. And truth be told, we doubt it will offer much temptation to current iPad users, who are probably too busy luxuriating in 25,000 iPad-optimized apps to notice. But look a little deeper, and you’ll find some important reasons not to dismiss the Galaxy Tab altogether. It takes photos . It videoconferences. It plays content – including Flash content – that the iPad will not.
For iPad bystanders who dislike the idea of buying into Apple’s closed ecosystem, those make some compelling points. If Samsung can manage to position the Tab on a superior network – like Verizon – and sell it at a competitive price point, it may present iPad naysayers a genuine alternative. in my opinion the Samsung Galaxy Tab is much worth because of the following :
1. iPad dont have a camera samsung Galaxy Tab have
2. iPad cant make calls samsung Galaxy Tab can
3. iPad cant expend its storage Galaxy Tab can it have a microSD slot near the sim
4. iPad have such a large screen that it make it not so portable then the galaxy tab
5. The Galaxy Tab weighs half of that of the iPad (portability)
6. The Galaxy Tab can use Flash
7. Ipad have a 256MB ram Galaxy Tab have 512MB Ram
8. iPad's value - 30,000 to 50,000 INR and Samsung Galaxy Tab's value - not defined in India but will be from 30,000 to 45,000 INR
At a press conference , Microsoft’s CEO Steve Balmer officially unveiled its new Windows Phone 7 operating system for mobile devices, along with nine smartphones by various manufacturers that will carry the software upon its release.
Together with Android devices, smartphones running Windows Phone 7 will be one of the biggest competitors to the iPhone 4 running iOS, so how do the new devices compare to Apple’s already massively popular iPhone?
The comparison chart below compares the iPhone 4 to the nine Windows Phone 7 launch devices:
iPhone 4 with iOS
Win7 Mobile Smartphones
Apple A4 Chip (1GHz)
1GHz and up
16GB or 32GB
Camera & Video:
5MP with 720p recording
5MP-8MP with 720p recording
960×640 Retina display
WVGA-480×800 super AMOLED
Up to 7hrs talk-time
Up to 456hrs standby
Available on selected devices
So that’s how the technical specifications square up to each other. Microsoft has tapped up Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung to make the hardware for the first of the Windows Phone 7 devices, and as far as performance goes, each device is pretty similar. The processors are all around the 1GHz mark, and each run 512MB of RAM.
The camera and video recording capabilities of the iPhone and Windows devices are also very much alike: apart from the HTC 7 Mozart which boasts an 8MP camera, the rest of the Windows Phone 7 launch clan sport a 5MP camera with 720p video recording – just like the iPhone 4.
None of the Windows devices have a screen that comes close to the iPhone’s Retina display, but a couple do have physical qwerty keyboards, which will please the likes of Blackberry users who are used to having buttons. You also won’t find a gyroscope in any of the Windows devices, so those that have been impressed with them in the new iPhone will be disappointed. So what about software?
Video demos of Windows Phone 7 in action certainly seem to be pretty impressive, with a fresh, intuitive user interface, greatly improving upon its predecessors. But it’s unclear at this early whether it will be any match for iOS. To compare the operating systems, we’ve highlighted some of the standout areas below.
Windows Phone 7 won’t support multitasking to begin with, a feature that iOS users waited forever for. Just like it did with iOS, however, multitasking may find it’s way on to Windows devices in a future update.
Windows Phone 7 users will use Microsoft’s Zune media player for their music and movies, and the Zune software for PC to sync their media to their handset. This competes with the fantastic iPod application iOS users love, and the iTunes software for Mac and PC that – faults aside – does a pretty good job of syncing everything we want to our iPhones.
Internet & Email
We’re all familiar with the fantastic Safari and Mail applications built in to iOS; both of which are a great example of how internet and email should be handled on a mobile device. Safari features intuitive touch controls and the ability to save your bookmarks to your home screen, whilst Mail boasts a unified inbox and message threading.
Windows Phone 7 comes with Internet Explorer Mobile, which boasts tabbed browsing and touch controls much like Safari. It also has Outlook Mobile built-in for email which features streamlined account setup for Windows Live, Google, and Yahoo mail accounts, as well as multiple Exchange accounts.
Unlike the iPhone, Windows Phone 7 devices don’t currently support internet tethering. However, just like multitasking, this came in a future update to iOS, and the same could happen for Windows.
I’m sure you’ll already be aware that the iPhone doesn’t support Adobe’s Flash player, and to begin with, Windows Phone 7 won’t either.
The Camera app for iOS is great for taking quick snaps while you’re on the move, which you can then sync to your computer, send to friends via email or MMS, or upload to your MobileMe gallery. Windows Phone 7 features a “Pictures Hub” which, much like camera roll on iOS, houses your entire picture collection in one place. As well as syncing them to your PC and sending them to your friends, you can also upload your pictures directly to Facebook or Windows Live.
Apps & Games
Of course, Microsoft have their own App Store for their Windows Phone 7 devices, called “Marketplace.” Only time will tell whether the Marketplace will become as popular as the App Store with regards to the number of quality apps and games available, but big name developers like EA have already committed to developing games for Win7 devices. And with Xbox Live built-in for online gaming, it’s certainly on the right tracks.
Microsoft have their own Office applications built-in, including mobile versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and Powerpoint. Although iOS doesn’t yet boast Apple’s own office applications for the iPhone, there are plenty of third-party office suites available.
On launch, Windows Phone 7 devices will be available in 30 countries on 60 cell phone operators. In the U.S., Windows devices will be available on 3 networks including AT&T and T-Mobile, and 7 carriers in Europe including Orange, Vodafone, and O2.
Conclusion and the final verdict !!
As a huge fan of the iPhone and iOS, I hate to admit that Windows Phone 7 looks pretty impressive. Compared to its Windows Mobile predecessors, it’s a huge improvement; the software looks clean and intuitive and really nice to use. But at this point it’s hard to say whether it’ll be anywhere near as good as iOS. The same goes for the hardware: some of the Windows Phone 7 launch devices look pretty great and provide features that many people find the lacking in the iPhone, like a physical keyboard. However, none of them seem to beat the iPhone 4, and they’re nowhere near as gorgeous.
HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS FOR THE COMPARISION ON YOUTUBE :