Galaxy Tab 2 VS iPad 3: Comparing Top Features

by djchamike on June 2, 2012


The iPad 3 or the third generation iPad has been out for quite some time now and since it came out in the market, it has met great sales. The new iPad, however, is receiving some pressure from their strongest rival, Samsung, especially with the inundation of a great line of tablets including the 10-inch Galaxy Tab 2.  The Korean-made 10.1 tablet could really make the iPad three manufacturers sweat. Let us compare the two and see whether the Galaxy Tab 2 can really give the iPad 3 a run for its money.

The Display:
The iPad 3 boasts a 9.7-inch screen with a special Retina display and a 2048 x 1536 resolution; and the Galaxy Tab 2 is a 10.1-inch gadget with a 1280 x 800 resolution. At 246 ppi, the Galaxy Tab 2 is almost half at only 149 ppi, so the iPad 3 is an obvious winner in this round.

The Design: 
  • The iPad 3 measures at around 9.50 x 7.32 x 0.37 inches, and is considered to be one of the thinnest tablets out in the market, today. Its Wi-Fi plus Cellular model weighs about 1.46 lbs and its Wi-Fi only model, weighs about 1.44lbs. The Galaxy Tab, which is almost as thick, measure at 10,1 x 6.9 x 0.38 but it weighs only 1.3 lbs. 
  • The Galaxy Tab 2 boasts a 3-megapixel camera on the back and 0.3 megapixel VGA on the front. The iPad 3, also has a 0.3 megapixel VGA on the front, which has support for Face time (video chat) and the camera at the front is 5 megapixels and has support for as much as 1080p video at 30 frames every second. In terms of weight, you will see that the Galaxy Tab 2 is so much lighter compared to the iPad 3, but when it comes to camera specs and design, iPad 3 is definitely more superior.

The Software

Both the iPad 3 and the Galaxy Tab 2 run on the most high tech operating systems; the iPad 3 runs on the iOS 5 and the Galaxy Tab 2 runs on  the Android 4.0. The Galaxy Tab 2 is known to run on a custom skin that Samsung developed, called TouchWiz. It introduced two different features called the Honeycomb, which was never released on other Android smartphones, and the Ice Cream Sandwich, which helps to bring all different Android devices together.

  • Soon, Apple will introduce the iOS 6, and it is expected to debut on June 5 of this year and this can be expected to be to better than the existing iOS 5. It is rumored not just to introduce a Google Maps counterpart, but they are apparently heeding to the pressure subjected to them by Apply users to refresh the operating system’s UI, launched back in 2007. 
  • Clearly for this round, the iPad 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a draw, but it will all depend on whether not your prefer the Android OS because it is customizable or you are just an iOS loyal user.

The Internals
The Galaxy Tab 2 processor is dual-core and it runs at 1GHz and this compares to the iPad 3 which is running at 1GHz and the A5X, the most modern version of the A5 chip.
You can buy the Galaxy Tab 2 in 16GB and 32GB, with expandable storage called the microSD. The iPad 3, on the other hand, can be bought at 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, without any expandable storage. They both have a memory capacity of 1GB, with the iPad memory as the existing benchmark.
The iPad 3 comes with an 11,560 mAh batter and the Galaxy Tab 2comes with a 7000 mAh battery. Such iPad settings is probably related to the powerful Retina display, that requires more energy.
There is no noted difference on their CPU specs but note that the iPad 3 boasts a quad-core GPU.
The Connectivity
The iPad 3 is Wi-Fi ready, supports 3G and EDGE through spectrum bands of 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz, and has Bluetooth 4.0. It also supports LTE from 700 to 2100 MHx spectrum bands. On its Wi-Fi plus 4G model, it is LTE supported on 800 MHz spectrum bands. On the other hand, Galaxy  Tab 2 supports Bluetooth 3.0m Wi-Fi and 3G.
If you are a 4G LTE lover and you are looking for great speed, then the iPad 3 stands to be the winner, for this round.

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