Head-To-Head: Apple iPad 2 Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1


Day-to-day, the Apple iPad, more specifically the iPad 2, seems to face a new competitor and this time, Samsung’s very own tablet which we think can be said as the only competition for the iDevice, Galaxy Tab 10.1. Kept side-by-side, the Android powered tablet sports an iPad like design but one thing before we start with the whole comparison topic, for those who are trapped within the Apple atmosphere would surely pick the iPad 2 while others happy with the Android hat would go for Galaxy Tab 10.1, even if at the end the votes go in favor of the later one.

The decision or view is entirely ours whereas you’re open to tablet platforms and you are the one to make the real decision. Lets begin, would the best Android tablet on the market bring on a real match for the Apple iPad 2?


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs just 545g and is considered to be lighter than the iPad 2 as well as slinkier, giving the perfect touch and feel on your hand. Much like the iPad 2, Samsung opted not to include various connectivity features so you won’t find a USB, media card slots or any other ports to spoil the sleek design. I just love it when manufacturers use a metal back whether on a handset or a tablet. Something went really wrong with the designers as they decided to switch from the metal casing at the back to a cheaper plastic skin instead. On the physical design, you would only find the on/off button as well as the volume control, while all other features have been provided within the multi-touch interface. On the first boot, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was seen taking a bit longer than expected to boot compared to the Apple tablet.

56 grams heavier is Apple’s iPad compared to Samsung’s baby. Design-wise, most users thought on the iPad 2 being slightly uncomfortable when handle in a one-handed grip. The thin edges of the model makes it a bit difficult to keep the gadget steady in hand as well as reaching volume and screen switches is a bit awkward as they are placed on the curves of the tablet.


As the name goes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 delivers a 10.1-inch 720 HD screen display which is just a few pinches larger than the competitor, being only 9.7-inch. The Galaxy Tab features a 1280 x 800 PLS display while the iPad 2 sports a 1024 x 768 LED-backlit display. One thing for sure, the screen clarity from every angle is one of the brightest mobile screens I have ever seen. Moreover, I just hate finger marks on screens. The iPad 2 was seen attracting a lot more finger prints compared to the Galaxy Tab.

Battery Life:

Both the devices use a USB port which is plugged into a dock connector or into an AC Adapter for charging the tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 takes almost four hours to bring out the maximum charge which is somewhat near to the iPad 2 charging time but the powerful 7000-mAh battery has the ability to deliver tablet processing for up to 8.5-9 hours. On the other hand, the iPad 2’s battery life is somewhat around 6 hours over Wi-Fi surfing, playing games and downloading apps from the app store.

Other Features:

Samsung manages to adopt a Social Hub in commitment to the social networking it already promised. The Social Hub manages and syncs all of your network buddies while on the other hand it also includes Microsoft Exchane ActiveSync. In addition, the tablet comes with an e-reader and Music Hub in response to Apple’s iTunes Store with tracks available at 99pand $3.5 for a popular album. Whereas this move was strongly welcomed, we don’t see it as a bigger move as it is far much better to browse around the Android Market.

You would be able to find most of the apps present at the Apple App Store over at the Android Market and believe me, you won’t be left aside by the Angry Birds team. Moreover, the Galaxy Tab is able to deliver HD content due to the powerful 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, packed with NVIDIA Tegra 2.

Moreover, the Galaxy Tab includes 1 GB of internal memory, a 3 Megapixel rear and a 2 Megapixel front facing camera. On taking some snaps, we did register the rear camera to be  a bit slow but was excellent on 720 HD recording.

Now let’s take a look at the Apple tablet. A big improvement has been made in means of power and a new dual core 1 GHz Apple A5 processor has been placed, replacing the A4, which offers twice the power.

The response made by the iPad 2 when you the touch the screen is surely fast and accurate. Image rendering is faster than before and much better than what we over the Galaxy Tab. While some of the apps do take a little time to open, we don’t see this as a flaw or minus point due to the heavy processing of the app.

The iPad’s very own YouTube app performs greatly over the tablet as well as downloading media such as music and movies is rapid. On the other hand, when we talk about the iPad cameras, it does deliver decent snaps in good atmosphere but sometimes you would notice a pixel break or darker shade of colors in low light. The tablet has the ability of 720p recording on board. You would be disappointed to hear, that the Apple iPad 2 has rear-facing camera of 0.7 megapixel and a front facing camera being VGA of 0.3megapixel.


In the end, whereas my heart goes solely for the Apple iPad 2 but as with the comparison, I would surely want people to grade the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as their very first tablet.


About Khizer Hayat Farooq

Khizer Hayat Farooq, iSmashPhone's Contributing Editor, is committed on bringing in the very best from the world of Apple, digital start ups, growing trends, social networks and new initiatives from digital firms. He aims to write one of the best software reviews and HOW-TO tricks one day. twitter.com/magicfreak