After the introduction of the New iPad (expected as iPad 3) there is one question that is conquering our minds - is it really better than its most powerful competitor - the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? Let us look more closer at some of the most interesting specs of both tablets.
One area that the New iPad is clearly better is the display - it is equipped with impressive 2048 x 1536 9,7 inch display, which turns the not bad 1,280 x 800 10,1 touchscreen of the Galaxy Note 10.1 to look like something seriously outdated. The aspect ratio of the New iPad is also more suitable for diverse use, than the wider screen of the Note 10.1.
Samsung’s flagship gains a bit of the difference as its display combined with the S Pen supports 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, something that is not available in the New iPad. This extra capability makes the Galaxy Note 10.1 a much desired choice for artists and creative persons.
The design and feel of the New iPad again gives it an edge - it just feels and looks a small bit more exclusive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The Note is very nice, it is even thinner and lighter, but the anodised aluminium back and stylish forms of the iPad gain it slight advantage.
More on the practical side of things the Galaxy Note 10.1 has better speaker system, memory and camera options than the New iPad. The iPad has the nice 5 MP camera with the same optics as the iPhone 4S, but no flash whatsoever, while the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with 8MP, autofocus, LED flash equipped camera. The Note also supports up 32 MB expandable microSD memory and busts with two powerful landscape oriented speakers, which are very good for video playback.
Looking under the hood of the tablets we will find a A5x CPU with quad-core graphics running the iOS 5.1 in the New iPad and dual-core 1.4GHz CPU running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. While the CPU of the iPad is superior, most of its powers actually go to support the high resolution display of the device. The real question is in the capabilities of both operating systems and this may turn into the winning or losing point of their competition.
In conclusion: Both tablets are strongly competitive, with the New iPad gaining advantage in technology and design, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 turning out more practical and with better connectivity.