The SamsungGalaxy Tab 2 10.1 just launched, so it only seems right that we put it up against Apple's latest and greatest to see which one excelled in the categories you care about the most.
The Android operating system Samsung uses for the Galaxy Tab is coming along well, with its new Ice Cream Sandwich version adding many features and benefits that seem to be slowly catching up with Apple's iOS. (Not to mention the open ess of the Android System.)
Let's see how the two stack up against each other. Keep reading to see which tablet comes out on top.
Apple continues to follow down the minimalist path. The new iPad lives by the "less is better mantra." Its thin design and careful placing of buttons and switches make it beautiful. Everything is easy to access.
Samsung seems to have intended for the device to be used solely in landscape mode, adding the portrait option just as an afterthought. When plugged in to the charger using the device in portrait mode becomes awkward. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 also has no physical buttons on its face, the only presence of buttons/switches is at the top of the device where everything is lined up in a row. They're only easy to access if the device is used in landscape mode.
Point for Apple for its timeless design.
Samsung's slate can stand the challenge. Test's report that the 10.1 can last 9 hours and 59 minutes continuousl. Not bad at all when many tablets clock in around the 7 hour mark.
Battery tests have proved that the new iPad lasts longer than Apple's estimates. If you're using it for surfing the Web and non-intensive work, reports have stated that the new iPad can sometimes last up to 12 hours on a single charge.
Multitasking on the Galaxy Tab is a little choppy. It takes a few seconds for apps to load up, but the interface is unobtrusive and easy to access from any page.
Apple still needs to work on its multitasking on the iPad. You can easily swipe between apps with a four-finger gesture, but that's where the convenience ends.
Samsung offers more of a true multitasking experience allowing apps to run in the background while you do something else.