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
Galaxy Tab: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile
Data Plan Price
iPad: $15 or $25/month
Galaxy Tab: unknown
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.