Apple iPad vs Samsung Tab

It has become so that whatever Apple launches, the world will follow. With the introduction of the iPad, every major manufacturer is jumping on the bandwagon for their share on tablet PC pie.

What is a tablet PC?
A tablet PC is a slate style computer that relies mainly on touch inputs instead of buttons. Apple has already turned the term “mp3 players” into “iPods”. Apple is now trying to turn the word “tablet” into “iPad”. They will do it unless Samsung and other players have anything to say about it. Can the Galaxy Tab take on the iPad in its own game?

iPad Overview
The iPad is a 9.7-inch LED tablet with accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, Bluetooth, and WiFi. 3G models will have GPS and cellular service. All iPads have the same 1GHz A4 processor and 256 MB of RAM. The only difference is the 3G and storage space. You can choose from 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash memory. One odd thing that is missing on the iPad is a camera. One if the highlights of the iPhone 4 is its front facing camera and Face Time. This cool feature is not possible with the iPad. The lack of a camera is a big deal in my opinion. With the iPad, consuming media is excellent. Video is smooth. Music is flawless. Viewing pictures is sublime. Now when it comes to sharing pictures, you will need a camera dongle. Bad move. Tablets are, in some ways, direct competitors to netbooks. All netbooks have cameras. Not putting a camera on the iPad is a “WTF?” move on Apple. Apple is not exactly known for their “value”. By skipping on basic standards like a camera, Apple shoots itself in the foot. Even the cheapest cell phones today have cameras. It also doesn’t help that the iPad’s two main competitors, the Galaxy Tab and the PlayBook, both have front and rear cameras.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab
Samsung’s Galaxy smart phones have been very successful on all major carriers. It was a smooth transition for them to develop a tablet based on their phone. Like its smart phone siblings, the Galaxy Tab runs on Android 2.2 and has a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor. It sports a 3 MP rear and 1.3 MP front camera. You have a choice between 16GB or 32GB of internal storage and the battery is claimed at 7 hours. The most obvious difference between the Galaxy Tab and the iPad is its size. The Galaxy Tab is considerably smaller than the iPad with its 7 inch screen. Both the Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook is 7 inch while the iPad’s screen is 10 (9.7) inches. The Galaxy Tab has full access to the Android Marketplace, Samsung Apps store, and Samsung Games. This is where things start to get irritating. Apps don’t always download and the Samsung stores are empty in comparison to the Android Market. Google said that Android was not optimized for the tablet and we can see why with the Galaxy Tab. Some apps don’t look right on the Galaxy Tab’s larger display. Scaling is often poor and ugly. This is especially common with games. Like the iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has a proprietary connector. If you need to charge your Galaxy Tab on the go you need to bring your connector or you will be screwed.

Apple Troubles
Many people have problems with the iPad using proprietary connectors. Apple is known to do this on most of their products. They use proprietary connectors to close up their platform. This makes things inconvenient for consumers who already have many USB wires. Another problem people have is syncing. With the iPad, in order to listen to music, you have to sync the songs through iTunes. You cannot drag and drop your MP3’s onto the iPad. Most people are used to using iTunes but those who are not familiar with Apple products will have to scratch their head when they try to load their music. Apple claims that the iPad is a “magical” device. It’s suppose to deliver the best web experience however, iPad does not support Flash. Apple have shared some heated words with Adobe and their stance is to wait for HTML 5. Undoubtedly, Flash is a large part of the web. Omitting Flash support is a big deal since both the Galaxy Tab and PlayBook support Flash.

Software Over Hardware – What wins?
When it comes to software, iOS has proven to be very stable. Apple was criticized for bringing iOS to the tablet and the iPad was labeled “a big iPhone”. Creativity may be lacking but the efficiency of iOS seems optimized for the tablet. IOS will be getting multi-tasking later this month but there will still be people complaining about the lack of Flash.

Android On A Tablet – No good
The Samsung Galaxy Tab shares some of the same criticisms that plagued the iPad. The Galaxy Tab is literally a big smart phone. This becomes clearer as we spend more time with the device. Scaling is a big issue and the Samsung stores feels like a band-aid fix. Even with some of their problems, the Galaxy Tab feels more like a computer than the iPad. Flash works on the Galaxy Tab. A task killer is included. Live wallpapers. And widgets makes the Galaxy Tab feel more “organic”.

As with laptops and netbooks, major manufacturers need to gain a strong foothold before smaller companies stake their claim and drive down prices. I am aware of other tablet manufacturers. Big companies need time and money invested in the tablet market before consumers will be confident enough to spend on what seems like, a luxury. I believe that Samsung, RIM(BlackBerry), and Apple are doing just that. Apple may not have invented the tablet, but they took a bold risk with the iPad and it paid off. Good for them. Now that they have some competition, good for us. Thanks for reading.

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