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    Samsung has released a (boring, but informative) video showing someone putting the new Galaxy Tab through its paces. The video shows the still-unavailable tablet running various apps (though none that exhibit the scaling problem that make many apps look terrible on the tablet). The latest competitor to take on the iPad still has no US street price or delivery date, though it is expected to be available from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in the next couple of months. Estimated prices for the device have been all over the map, with guesses of anywhere from $200 to $1000.

    So how does this supposed "iPad killer" compare? Well, for one thing, the Galaxy Tab is smaller and lighter, though reports of a future 10-inch model persist. Its Hummingbird Cortex-A8 CPU has the same clockspeed as the iPad's A4, but the Galaxy Tab has twice the RAM at 512MB. The Galaxy Pad also has the option of expanded storage through a microSD slot that can accept flash cards up to 32GB.

    The Galaxy Tab also has two cameras - a 3.2-megapixel camera with a flash on the back and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel one - while the current models of the iPad, of course, have none. Samsung claims up to 7 hours of battery life playing videos on the Galaxy Tab; Apple says the iPad can last up to 10 hours.

    Here's a side-by-side comparison of features:

    iPad 1GHz Apple A4
    Galaxy Tab: 1 GHz Cortex-A8
    iPad: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
    Galaxy Tab: 16GB, 32GB, expandable to 64GB with microSD card
    iPad: 9.7" IPS LCD at 1024 x 768
    Galaxy Tab: 7" TFT LCD WSVGA at 1024 x 600 resolution
    iPad: WiFi, optional 3G
    Galaxy Tab: WiFi and 3G
    iPad: AT&T
    Galaxy Tab: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile
    Data Plan Price
    iPad: $15 or $25/month
    Galaxy Tab: unknown
    iPad: n/a
    Galaxy Tab: 3 megapixel on back, 1.3 megapixel on front
    iPad: proximity, light, accelerometer, compass
    Galaxy Tab: proximity, light, accelerometer
    iPad: 7.47 x 9.56 x 0.5"
    Galaxy Tab: 4.7 x 7.48 x 0.47"
    iPad:: 1.5 lb
    Galaxy Tab: 0.84 lb
    iPad: US$499 - $829
    Galaxy Tab: unknown

    So it's almost certainly the most fully-featured tablet to date. Price is going to make a big difference for some people… if it's significantly cheaper than the iPad, it could counter the smaller screen and the fugly apps. And not having to play by Apple's rules - as well as the absence of a cat-and-mouse game when it comes to rooting Android - will continue to draw app developers. The upside for iPad aficionados, of course, is a cheap Galaxy Pad that sells well will put downward pressure on iPad prices.

    Source: CrunchGear
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad vs. Galaxy Tab started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 51 Comments
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I don't want to carry around a 7" phone... and a 7" tablet screen is too small for decent games, document viewing, web browsing. I'll take pictures with my phone... don't need my iPad to do that... can you see someone taking a tour of a city carrying around a tablet device for taking pictures? Awkward. The hardware specs are comparable... you'd think they would have tried to trump the iPad instead of just match up side by side (except the RAM of course). Like Paul said; however, the video leaves out the fact that it does not have a nice native resolution which causes most apps to scale and look funny.

      i agree with you. i think we will see a lot more from apple in the next ipad,coz apple & steve knows that every computer company out there is trying to take the crown from them and i don't think steve will let that happen .
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      Its has flash omg getting it omgomgogmogmogmgomgo
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      This will be an interesting device. But Android is not built fully for tablets yet. I thought even Google said that tablet devices are not being fully supported till 3.0 of Android.

      Also agree with the wait and see what the battery estimate holds. Apple under shot the iPad and people see over 10 hours and close to 15 hours of playback. I am hoping this can do the same but as mentioned let's see if flash playback would effect the outside use. Optimization is key and Apple's OS is built for specific devices and Android has a wide variety of devices. I am sure companies tweak it and go through the code to optimize it but still iOS is built from the ground up for a specific hardware.

      I also thought I saw that Samsung was removing the phone capabilities from the US versions.

      you are right about them removing the phone capabilities from the US versions and i think that's going to kill this device i know a lot of people that want it to get this for that one extra function.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Flash is not a selling point for me. I have been using click-to-flash and the iDevices and have no issues with any of the sites I visit. This may be the same for others too but flash is a main selling point for some people. So having flash couldn't hurt pulling those people in.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      ^ correct flash is not my selling point either. Every android user I run into at work says iPhone huh? Look at my android it has flash. Then I say look me too (jailbreak) and then I make a call while looking at a flash page on the Internet. Then I kindly say... What now? And as the phone is concerned I stow it away in my pocket while they need a netbook case To carry the damn thing. Lol
    1. eortizr's Avatar
      eortizr -
      if the price is right.. I'm getting one... It does not make any sense paying $200 more just for a bigger screen... the Galaxy S serve the same as the iPad and more (camera, third party apps, no mouse/cat play with the firmwares to get root, etc) and freedom of view my favorites website the same way I see them in my desktop, without the need of any other app or addiontal 'clicks' to see a Flash animation, video or add... I want an iPad but the GS is pretty tempting... price will tell..., the people that try to justify the laking of Flash support in iOS is the same people that think the new ipod nano is better than the previous one....
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      The only thing I think that is better about this than my iPad is the weight difference. It's about half the weight. Yet, I wouldn't want to give up the size of my screen for weight. I would however like it if apple could decrease the weight of the next version though.

      Just my opinion
    1. ADF's Avatar
      ADF -
      Haters... :-/
    1. hermit75's Avatar
      hermit75 -
      I dont own any android system but the behaviors in using this tablet looks too much like apple's ios, pinch, expand, swipe etc. But response seems slow compared and i only have a 3gs. About the only thing that interests me is the front camera for video chats. Which I'm waiting for the ipad to have since the new ipod touch has them.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      How will this be cheaper when it is tied to carriers with two year contracts? This is not a killer anything unless the model is month to month no contract 3G and close to or cheaper than the iPad models.

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Just looking at the specs the galaxy tablet sounds better but the ipad has one thing it doesn't, the app store. That's why it will never be the "iPhone killer". The front camera for video chats is pretty cool though. I still wouldn't buy either though I just prefer a real computer.