The iPad 2 was announced last week by Apple and there has been a lot of buzz about it on the internet and blogosphere. Undoubtedly if you are in the market for a tablet in the next month or two, you will want to know if the iPad 2 or the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the right choice.
Apple’s iPad uses the same stale OS that has hardly evolved since the origin of the iPhone in 2007. You get a grid of icons. They did add the ability to have a wallpaper in the past year, but that is the extent of the customization. Android on the other hand is evolving left and right. Honeycomb, Android 3.0, is a complete redesign of how Android looks and how you interact with it, while still feeling like the operating system you have grown to love.
Every year I keep expecting Apple to announce widgets with their new version of iOS, but I am left disappointed year after year. Android on the other hand has widgets galore. In fact there is a section in the Android Market specifically for widgets.
Another aspect of iOS that I keep expecting to be updated is the notifications. They are the most obtrusive and terrible notifications on any of the major phone/tablet operating systems. Android has always dealt with notifications wonderfully. With Honeycomb, they really raised the bar to how notifications should be done.
The iPad 2 uses the same 4:3 aspect ratio display found on the original iPad. Apple seems to forget that the world has moved towards widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 ratios. For a company as innovative as Apple, it is surprising that they are acting like it is the year 2000. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a proper 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio perfect for HD video viewing. As well as for content viewing, the widescreen display is much better at inputting text via the onscreen keyboard. Since it is wider, it can be used more comfortably like a real keyboard in landscape mode. Also two thumb typing in portrait mode is much easier and more comfortable on the Galaxy Tab than on the iPad.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 10.1 inch screen, which is 0.4 inches larger than the iPad 2’s 9.7 inch screen. The difference is nominal but worth noting nonetheless. The difference in resolution is more significant though. The iPad’s display has a sub-HD resolution of 1024 by 768 while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has an HD screen with a resolution of 1280 by 800. That brings the iPad’s total pixels to 786,432 while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 commands 1,024,000 pixels.
Both the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 have both front and back facing cameras. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has an 8 MP rear facing camera with LED flash that is capable of capturing full HD 1080p videos. The iPad 2 on the other hand likely sports less a camera with less than 1 MP, no LED flash, and only 720p video capture. The iPad 2’s front facing camera is also likely far inferior in terms of MP to the 2 MP shooter found on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
These are just three aspects of these two tablets. Based on them, it seems clear that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is far superior to the iPad 2. Honestly at the end of the day the iPad 2 is a good device, but I would pick the Galaxy Tab 10.1. What about you?