Update: Specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab are now confirmed.
Few would contest that Apple’s iPad played an instrumental role in jumpstarting a tablet craze and ushering in a new era of mobile computing. Up until now, the iPad has enjoyed relatively little company in the tablet space, but with Samsung’s introduction of the Galaxy Tab, that’s all about to change.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first of an army of Android-powered tablets poised to take on the Apple iPad. Possessing several coveted features that are sorely missing from Apple’s “magical” tablet, the Galaxy Tab and its Android brothers in arms stand to quickly gain ground on the iPad.
While Samsung has been coy about the Galaxy Tab’s full specifications, we’ve done some sleuthing, and have a decent idea what to expect. Of course, we’ll update this comparison as we learn more.
The Google Android vs. Apple iOS battle rages on in the smartphone market, with Android scoring some major points as of late against Apple’s iPhone mobile operating system. Apple’s iOS also powers the iPod Touch and iPad. Beyond hardware, the biggest difference between the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy S will inevitably come down to software.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab||Apple iPad|
|Cost||16GB WiFi-only $499; 32GB WiFi-only $599; 64GB WiFi-only $699; WiFi + 3G models add $130|
|Cellular Carrier||Verizon Wireless (unconfirmed)||AT&T (WiFi + 3G model only)|
|Operating System||Google Android 2.2 Froyo with Samsung TouchWiz 3.0||Apple iOS|
|Display||7-inch TFT LCD display; 1024 x 600 pixel resolution||9.7-inch LED-backlit display w/ IPS technology; 1024 x 768 pixel resolution|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 3.0||Bluetooth 2.1|
|GPS||aGPS||aGPS (WiFi + 3G model only)|
|Camera||1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat; rear 3-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash; ability to record HD video||None|
|Apps||Android Market||Apple App Store|
|Adobe Flash Support||Adobe Flash 10.1||No|
|Storage Space||16GB pr 32GB on-board depending on model; support for up to a 32GB microSD card||16GB, 32GB or 64GB depending on model|
|Battery Life||Up to 7 hours video playback||Up to 10 hours of web surfing, watching video, & music listening over WiFi; Up to 9 hours surfing using 3G network|
|Processor||1 GHz ARM Cortex A8||1 GHz Apple A4 chip|
|Weight||.84 pounds||1.5 pounds (WiFi-only); 1.6 pounds (WiFi + 3G)|
|Dimensions||Height: 7.48 inches; Width: 4.74 inches; Depth: 0.471 inches||Height: 9.56 inches; Width: 7.47 inches; Depth: 0.5 inches|