Since the release of the ten inch Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet from Samsung, many people have been wondering just who will win the tablet war. Just a few short months ago Apple had the market all to itself with the 10″ iPad, and now they’re facing a sea of competition. Motorola announced their Xoom tablet Jan 2011 and were quickly outdone by Samsung’s announcement at Mobile World Congress in February. So how does the Galaxy Tab 10.1 stack up against the competition? Droid Life recently compiled a side by side comparison of the contenders, let’s take a closer look.
Alright, we can see that the display size of 10.1”, resolution of 1280×800, front camera of 2MP, operating system of Android 3.0, flash support, 3 pre-installed sensors, 3G and 4G network and speakers are very similar across all four devices so we won’t get into those details.
Meanwhile, the video on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can record at 1080p as compared to the 720p of the XOOM and Flyer, although I personally don’t think that the difference between 1080p and 720p can be distinguished in a 10.1” screen so I’d say it’s a draw. Take a close look at Droid Life’s chart to see a side by side comparison of each tablet’s features:
Next we have the processors. Our tablet has a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2, one of the competing tablets, the HTC Flyer, has a frequency of 1.5GHz, this may seem like they’ve won this match but if you think about it the Flyer’s processor is only single core, meaning not suitable for multitasking. Our processor, on the other hand, has 2 cores making it more fun and enjoyable to use because you can listen to some music while you browse the web and you won’t see anything slowing down. Video playback is 1080p while the G-Slate is 720p on device and 1080p via HDMI. Unfortunately, the Galaxy 10.1 doesn’t have 3D so It’d be unfair to compare these specs so it’s another draw.
Some tablets have more RAM than others, the XOOM and Flyer each have 1GB. But think about it, do you really need to have RAM if you just want to surf? Even on desktop computers 2-4GB of RAM is already plenty even for today’s demanding games. Expandable memory and HDMI port is not present on our tablet so these are something that Samsung should look into.
And now for the best part! If you look at the storage that the Samsung tablet is offering, you are given 2 options to choose from, that means if you truly desire to have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 but you’re a little short on the budget you can opt for the 16GB. This here just shows how Samsung thinks about their customer’s needs. The one spec where Samsung dominates from the others is its back camera. With 8MP, you can capture crystal clear images whether as photo or video. It also has the highest battery capacity so you can have more browsing, reading, listening, viewing, and watching time, twice as much entertainment as what you get from other tablets. And finally, despite having a 10.1” screen, it’s unbelievably thin that it only weighs 599grams. If you put it in your backpack, you’d sometimes probably forget that you have something in there that can do almost all the things that a heavy desktop computer can do.
So there you have it folks. The Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 falls short in a few areas but it seems to have some real advantages over the other tablets on the market. How do you feel the Galaxy Tab stacks up against the competition? Post your comments below.
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