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Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

The tablet wars have just heated up immensely and we might be on the verge of an explosion right now, as Samsung has just revealed its two new weapons – the refreshed Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. We already told you what they are all about and now comes the time for the big question – how do they compare to the new tablet blockbuster – the iPad 2?

A couple of weeks ago, Samsung’s CEO said that he feels the Galaxy Tab 10.1 felt “inadequate” to the newly released iPad 2 and that some changes needed to take place, one of which was the pricing. I can only say bravo to Samsung for making such radical of a changes in such a short period of time. They actually managed to make the new Tabs even thinner than the iPad 2, measuring at just 8.6mm thickness.

And here comes a head-to-head comparison of the two new Samsung slates and the Apple iPad 2 on some of their most important features.

 
iPad 2
Galaxy Tab 10.1
Galaxy Tab 8.9
OS
iOS 4.3
Android 3.0
Android 3.0
Display
9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
10.1-inch
PLS LCD
8.9-inch
PLS LCD
Resolution
1024 x 768
1280 x 800
1280 x 800
Height
Width
Thickness

241.2mm
185.7mm
8.8mm
256.6mm
172.9mm
8.6mm
230.9mm
157.8mm
8.6mm
Weight
601 grams
595 grams
470 grams
Processor
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
Storage
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
microSD card slot
no
yes, up to 32GB
yes, up to 32GB
Front camera
0.3MP VGA
2.0MP
2.0MP
Rear camera
0.7MP Fixed-Focus
720p video
3.0MP Auto-Focus with LED Flash (720p)
3.0MP Auto-Focus with LED Flash (720p)
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network
UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100 GSM/EDGE
850, 900, 1800, 1900
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
USB
USB 2.0 (Host with Adapter)
USB 2.0 (Host with Adapter)
USB 2.0 (Host with Adapter)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR
2.1 + EDR
3.0
Battery
25Wh (~6750mAh @ 3.7V)
6800mAh
6000mAh
Price
(Wi-Fi only)
$499 (16GB)
$599 (32GB)
$699 (64GB)
$499 (16GB)
$599 (32GB)
$??? (64GB)
$469 (16GB)
$569 (32GB)
$??? (64GB)
Availability
Currently available
June 8
Early summer
Sensors
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor

Of course this table doesn’t tell the whole story – there are other things such as app count (where the iPad 2 is a leader by some distance), build quality, display quality etc. Head to the comment section and tell us what’s your take? Which one of those relatively equally priced bad boys would you give your hard earned cash for?

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