Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs iPad 2: Features Compared


New Galaxy Tabs named Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 have been launched by Samsung. Among these Galaxy Tabs, Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the best alternative of iPad 2. Both Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2 have their own unique features. The Samsung Tab is suggested for the more hardcore tablet users, while iPad 2 is suggested for the more casual tablet users, who are in search of a simple and easily usable tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs iPad 2: Specs Compared

If you compare the technical specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple iPad 2, then you will find Galaxy Tab is stronger than Apple iPad 2. But while talking about Operating Systems, iPad 2 is much smoother and faster than any other tablet presently available.

Operating Systems

The Galaxy Tab has the Android’s Tablet version Honeycomb OS which is unstable, unbaked, and has poor performance but it offers a better notification system and more flexibility.

The iPad 2 runs on the iOS operating system of Apple, which has better stability and performance. The iOS is the best operating system for tablets and smart phones which offers a well-known and reliable UI experience across all apps.


While talking about storage, iPad is superior with its 64GB model. But the Samsung tabs beat the iPad 2 by 1GB RAM as iPad 2 has 512 MB RAM only.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs on dual-core 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. The Apple iPad runs on 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor having a huge upgrading over the earlier iPad’s A4 and has faster graphical performance than the older version. Till now, no comparisons or benchmark have been performed between NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Apple’s A5 processor.


Both of these devices have approximately same dimensions but Samsung tab is thinner and lighter than Apple iPad 2. The Samsung Tab measures 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.34 inches and it weighs 560g. The iPad 2 measures 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.3 inches and it weighs 601g.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v is featured with magnificent 10.1 inch display as suggested by its name with 1280×800 pixel resolution. The screen size of Samsung Tab is about 1/2 an inch bigger than the iPad 2. The iPad 2 features a 9.7 inch backlit-LED IPS screen same as previous version with resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Thus, 10.1” Samsung Galaxy Tab will contend directly with the 9.7” iPad 2.

25 folder or app icons per screen are hold by iPad 2, among which 5 are constant in all home screens while 35 app icons per screen are hold by Galaxy Tab 10.1 but no folder icon option.



Galaxy Tab clearly beats the iPad 2 in the category of camera, as it features 8-MP rear camera with 1080p HD capture capability and a 2-MP front camera for video calling. The iPad features a rear camera of 0.7 mega pixel with 720P HD capture capability and VGA front camera for video calling.


These both devices include almost same batteries of 6800 mAh but the iPad 2 gives a longer battery life of 10 hours than the 7 hours life of Galaxy Tab.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab and The iPad 2 have the same Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, and optional 3G connectivity. Both the devices lack a microSD card slot but there is an HDMI output included in iPad 2.


The performance and relative speed of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2 are quite comparable. Both are swift tabs with fast Wi-Fi components.

The Facebook photo upload and Web-site-loading speed of these tabs is almost similar, and difference of only 2 or 3 seconds is measured. There is also no huge difference in apps downloading speed of both devices. Thus, we can say that both Honeycomb and iOS tablets have an enough speed to handle the most common tasks easily.

Similarities of Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2

These both tablets have a similar feel and look and they also have some comparable features.

These features include:

  • Good apps to leverage online resources like shopping, maps, dictionaries, news sites, Wikipedia, language translators, and more.
  • Capability to watch movies and demonstrates streamed from both fee-based and free online video aggregation services. (e.g. Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon, Crackle, Hulu, etc.)
  • Convenient access to Twitter, Facebook, discussion forums, and other social networks
  • An option of free e-book readers, through easy downloads of both paid and free books
  • Excellent email, web browsers, and calendar apps
  • Peripherals and apps for making voice and video calls, taking photos and videos, playing music and recording audio
  • Tons of paid and free games

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v vs Apple iPad 2: Features and Specifications

Feature Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v Apple iPad 2 verdict?
Operating system Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Apple iOS 4 iPad 2
Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core (1GHz) Apple A5 dual-core (1GHz) Unknown
Rear camera 8 megapixels, single LED flash, autofocus 0.7 megapixels, no flash Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Front camera 2 megapixels VGA Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Weight 600g 607g Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Dimensions 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8mm iPad 2
Display technology Capacitive TFT Capacitive LED-backlit IPS iPad 2
Display size 10.1in 9.7in Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Display resolution 1280×800 pixels 1024×768 pixels Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB or 32GB 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB iPad 2
Video recording 1080p HD 720p HD Galaxy Tab 10.1v
GPS Yes Yes Draw
3G networks HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 Draw
Application store Google Android Market Apple App Store iPad 2
Battery 7000mAH 3.7V Li-polymer 6930mAH 3.8V Li-polymer iPad 2
Quoted battery life Up to 7 hours Up to 10 hours iPad 2
Adobe Flash support Yes No Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP Draw
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n Draw
RAM 1GB 512MB Galaxy Tab 10.1v
HDMI-out No No (Yes with optional digital AV adapter) iPad 2
Network Support 2G, 3G with [email protected] Mbps & HSUPA @ 5.76 Mbps 2G, 3G Network, HSDPA @ 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA @ 2.0 Mbps Capability Unknown
Speakers stereo mono Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Formats supported Audio AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, AAC,WMA, Vorbis, RTTTL/RTX, WAV, AMR, MID, IMY,OTA MP3, MP3 VBR, HE-AAC (V1/V2), AAC, Protected AAC , Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV Unknown
Video formats supported MP43, VC-1 format: 3GP (MP4), WMV (asf), H.264, H.263, XviD, WMV7/8, VP8, AVI H.264 with AAC-LC audio in .m4v, .mp4, .mov formats; M-JPEG with audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi format; MPEG-4 video in m4v, .mp4, .mov formats Unknown
Default installed apps Browser, Gmail, Email, Gallery, Books, Maps,Voice Search, Google Search, Google Talk, Navigation, Latitude, Music Hub, Pulse, Places, QuickOffice, Music Player, Android Market, YouTube, Samsung Apps Mail, Videos, Safari Browser, iBooks, Photos, Find my iPad, iPod, iTunes, YouTube, App Store, Maps, Game Center, Notes, FaceTime, Calendar, Contacts, Photo Booth Unknown
Retail price $499 $499 Draw

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v vs Apple iPad 2: Performance

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v Apple iPad 2
Facebook photo upload speed (in seconds) 4 2 speed (in seconds) 5 8
App download speed (in seconds) 21 17
Default brightness 181 cd/m2 176 cd/m2
Maximum brightness 331 cd/m2 432 cd/m2
Default contrast ratio 696:1 926:1
Contrast ratio (max brightness) 848:1 939:1
Default black level 0.26 cd/m2 0.19 cd/m2
Maximum black level 0.39 cd/m2 0.46 cd/m2