Apple iPad (iOS) vs Samsung Tab (Android) – Quick Comparisons & Review

It has been 1 month since I last had my hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab (P1000) running on Android Froyo (2.2). My Apple iPad was bought from the States when it was first launched, approximately 9 months till date. Having used the 2 devices for awhile, I can conclude that both devices have definitive differences which requires some new hands to be used to for a while.


a. Screen size comparison

b. Thickness comparison

APPLE iPAD (est RRP : S$928 w/o contract)

Overview Specs: iOS 3.2.2, 16GB on board, 3G/Wifi version (full specs @ http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/)

Key Strengths:

  • Good size for reading eBooks, watching movies
  • Battery life to last full working day with moderate usage (30% surfing, 15% on movies, 40% on mails, 15% games) – appx 9 hrs on single full charge
  • Quality aluminium body
  • Gesture controls very smooth
  • Easy to Jailbreak & Factory restore
  • Very rich selection of Apps from App Store / Cydia
  • Upcoming Airprint & Airplay compliant

Key Weaknesses:

  • No voice call support
  • No front camera or back camera
  • Heavy and strenuous to hold for long period (max 30 mins without support in reading mode)
  • Wifi not as good

Recommended for:

  • Entertainment usage
  • Heavy reading or watching mov


SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB (est RRP : S$988 w/o contract)

Overview Specs : Android Froyo (2.2), 16GB onboard, 3G/Wifi version (full specs @ http://galaxytab.samsungmobile.com)

Key Strengths:

  • Very portable
  • Voice call and video conferencing very smooth
  • Froyo 2.2 is much stable & faster than older versions & gesture control is quite close to Apple’s
  • Expandable memory (up to 32GB microSD)
  • Major productivity tools are found in Android Market
  • No need to client sync. All sync into Cloud (Google Account)
  • Camera shots are smooth
  • Swype keyboard is very accurate & fast (gesture based keyboard)

Key Weaknesses:

  • Lack of entertainment apps in Android Market
  • Battery life to last appx 6hrs with moderate usage
  • Charging detection works only for original Samsung chargers. (Rest will still work except detected as USB devices)

Recommended for:

  • Highly mobile & has voice calls / sms requirements


Other notes:

1. All information accurate as at time of publication – 17th December 2010.

2. All trademarks & copyrights belong to the mentioned corporations.






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