The iPad 2 never met with any sort of competition as it was the one and the only of its kind in the market when it was launched. But the latest iPad 3 was welcomed with stiff competition from its arch-rival Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. On first looking, both the tablets look more or less similar (now we know why after Apple won the lawsuit over Samsung).
The price difference too is very less – Both Verizon and AT&T variants of iPad 3 are priced at $629.99 against the $699.99 worth Verizon variant of Galaxy 10.1. In such a case the buyer is bound to make the wrong choice. Here is a detailed comparison between the two tablets to enable you in figuring out which suits your needs the most.
Apple iPad 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Galaxy 10.1 comes no close to the exquisite and elegant design of the iPad 3. Although Galaxy 10.1 exudes similar look on the outside, the iPad 3 has a more premium feel to it. In fact, Galaxy 10.1 is lighter and thinner to the iPad 3 but it makes heavy use of plastic unlike the iPad 3 where aluminum components exude sheer elegance.
But design of iPad 3 is almost the same as that of iPad 2 and there is nothing fresh or unseen about it. Nevertheless, it is the iconic design of iPad 3 that wins the battle against Galaxy 10.1.
Physical buttons in iPad 3 offer more tactile feedback and better visibility as they are raised more. Galaxy 10.1 sports two speakers that render stereo sound unlike the slightly damped sound of the single speaker of iPad 3. At 652g, the iPad 3 is heavier than the Galaxy tab that weighs 597g. This is chiefly because of the heavier and more powerful battery in iPad 3.
In terms of display quality, iPad 3 emerges as the clear winner in having Retina display with 2048×1536 pixel resolution and 264ppi pixel density. The super-AMOLED display of Galaxy 10.1 tablet renders mere 1280×800 pixel resolution with 200ppi pixel density and appears a little child in front of iPad 3.
The best thing about the Retina display of iPad 3 is that it renders zoomed out output in great detail. Nevertheless, viewing angles, color fidelity and contrast level are more or less similar in both the tablets. However, one cannot help but admit that iPad 3’s display catches one’s attention even from a large distance.
In this respect, both the tablets are good. There can be no tangible comparison between iOS (iPad 3 is based on iOS 5.1) and Android OS Honeycomb. While the former is all about simplicity, the latter offers incredible personalization options. Both these tablets are unique in their own field.
Responsive layouts account for trouble free messaging. Both the tablets come with voice dictation apps for those who find typing messages a bit tedious. Both the tablets offer faultless e-mail experiences but Galaxy 10.1 is the unquestioned choice for the fans of Gmail.
One striking feature of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet is the pressure-sensitive stylus S-Pen that recognizes up to 256 pressure levels.
iPad 3 emerges as the indomitable faster and more responsive tablet when compared to Galaxy 10.1. iPad 3 is built on the proprietary A5X chipset and it runs on dual-core 1GHz processor backed up by quad-core GPU.
On the other hand, Galaxy 10.1 runs on dual-core nVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with a clock speed of 1GHz. Galaxy 10.1 fails to offer the kind of smooth performance that iPad 3 offers and the choppiness that is seen in many Honeycomb devices lingers on Galaxy 10.1. Galaxy 10.1 causes troubles only when you want to flaunt live wallpapers and sometimes while changing home screens.
iPad 3 offers three storage options – 16, 32 and 64GB. However, users cannot expand the storage space. Thanks to microSD slot in Galaxy 10.1 the storage space can be extended beyond the already available 16 and 32GB.
With 4G LTE connectivity, both these tablets shine in terms of web browsing experience. With this feature on board, both the tablets can load flash-intensive websites in flicker of second. Nevertheless, iPad 3’s kinetic scrolling and pinch-to-zoom features are more astounding than that of Galaxy 10.1. On the other hand, Galaxy 10.1 supports Adobe Flash -something that has not yet made way into Apple devices.
iPad 3 features the latest and extremely fast Bluetooth 4.0 against the Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR of Galaxy 10.1. Other standard connectivity features are available in both the tablets. These include 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, aGPS, hotspot functionality, etc.
While iPad 3 sports 5MP camera, Galaxy 10.1 sports 3MP camera with LED flash. In this respect too, the iPad 3 wins the race as it features iSight camera with F2.8 aperture lens as well as backside illumination. Again, the Galaxy 10.1 sports 2MP front-facing camera against the VGA snapper on iPad 3.
Again, in terms of recording 1080p videos, iPad 3 defeats Galaxy 10.1. Galaxy 10.1 can record only 720p videos. Both the cameras record videos at 29fps. Videos recorded by iPad 3 look more crisp and detailed.
Galaxy 10.1 surprises with its better music player. It also sports 3D carousel that adds more spark to the music player as it quickens song browsing. However, both the tablets fare well in terms of audio quality. Watching videos is a treat on the Retina display of iPad 3. iPad 3 additionally renders warmer colors that please the eyes more.
Both the tablets fare well in terms of battery life. They can last a whole day under normal usage. The iPad 3 definitely renders more juice being powered by 11,560mAh battery in comparison to the 6800mAh battery of Galaxy 10.1.
As has already been mentioned, iPad 3 is meant for people who want a stylish and elegant tablet with simple and easy-to-use interface. But those who love lot of free and paid apps from Android Market and greater options for customization should choose Galaxy 10.1.
The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 was designed to beat the iPad 2 in which it succeeded to a good extent. But with the iPad 3 hitting the stores, the fate of Galaxy 10.1 tablet does not seem too bright. Now that Apple won the lawsuit over Samsung, it should seriously consider redesigning not only its tablets but also the Galaxy smartphones to maintain its stronghold in the market.