Difference Between Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  | Full Specs Compared | iPad 2 vs Galaxy Tab 8.9  Features and Performance


Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 are both high performance tablets from Apple and Samsung. Apple recently released iPad 2 packed with Dual-core Apple A5 processor and powered by Apple iOS 4.3 and sized at 9.7 inches with dual camera. Samsung recently released Galaxy Tab 10.1 with high end 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core processor with 1 GM RAM with 8 Megapixel rear camera. Considering the consumer market Samsung also released Galaxy Tab 8.9 with almost the same configuration and WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution which is better than iPad 2.

iPad 2 is 8.8 mm thickness and 613 g whereas Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is 8.6 mm and 470 g. Optimised size with excellent weight supported by  Android 3.0 Honeycomb features with Samsung UX  would really make high competition in the Tablet market. Samsung owned user interface for Android 3.0 Honeycomb provides live panel home screen with custom widgets with excellent application switching feature.

Speed, Performance and User Experience

As discussed above Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 both use 1 GHz dual core processors with 512 MB and 1 GB RAM respectively. But Processor design architecture and operating system performances are difference in each other. So it’s difficult to compare them only based on speed on the configuration point of view. But the real performance difference and User Experience would be impacted by the difference between Apple iOS 4.3 and Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

By user experience Android browsers are faster than Apple Safari and the Android browsers supports  Adobe Flash that give more value to Samsung Tab 8.9 on top of its physical design. And another advantage on Samsung Tab 8.9 is Google related applications like Gmail, YouTube, Maps and more. Android 3.0 comes with Native Gmail client, Google Native YouTube player and Google Talk whereas in Apple iPad 2, Apple uses normal email client to retrieve emails from Gmail and Google Talk web based application. How ever Tablet market will be saturated soon with Motorola Xoom, Blackberry Playbook, LG Optimus 3D PAD and HP, Dell Pads.

Apple introducing iPad 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab –  CTIA 2011 Full Video

Comparison of Specifications
Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
 DesignApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Form FactorSlateSlate
KeyboardVirtual full keyboard with swypeVirtual full keyboard with swype
Dimension241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm (9.5 x 7.31 x 0.35 in)TBUxTBU x 8.6 mm
Weight601g (1.33 lbs) Wi-Fi only; 607 (1.34lbs) 3G CDMA; 613g (1.35lbs) 3G GSM470 g
Body ColorBlack, WhiteBlack
 DisplayApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Size9.7 in8.9 Inches
Resolution1024 x 768 pixelsWXGA 1280 x 800
FeaturesIPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated,
Sensors3 axis gyro, Illumination SensorGyroscope
 Operating SystemApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
PlatformiOS 4.3 (upgradeable to iOS 5.1)Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
UIAppleSamsung owned UX
BrowserApple SafariAndroid WebKit
Java/Adobe FlashNitro JavaScript engine / No Adobe FlashAdobe Flash Player 10.1
 ProcessorApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
ModelApple A5 dual core CPU with PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPUNvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core
Speed1 GHz dual core1 GHz
 MemoryApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Included16GB/32GB/64GB16 GB/32 GB
ExpansionNoUp to 32 GB with microSD card
 CameraApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Resolution0.7MP8.0 Mega Pixel Camera
Focus, ZoomAuto Focus, 4x Digital ZoomAuto Focus, Digital zoom
Video CaptureHD 720p@30fpsHD 1080p@30fps
FeaturesGeo tagging, tap to control exposure
Secondary cameraVGA (640 x 480pixels) @30fpsGyroscope
 EntertainmentApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
AudioFormats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAVDual surround sound speaker, Music Player support MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB
VideoFormats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEGVideo Player support MPEG4/ H263/ H264
GamingGame Center
FM RadioNoNo
 BatteryApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Type CapacityBuilt-in 25 W-hour Li-Polymer6000 mAh
TalktimeSurfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)10 Hrs
StandbyMore than 1 monthTBU
 Mail and MessagingApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
MailGeneral Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange SyncIntegrated E-Mail Gmail, MS Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, IMAP4
MessagingGoogle Talk (Web based), Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook ChatIM (GoogleTalk), Beluga Facebook IM
 ConnectivityApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n802.11b/g/n/a (2.4 and 5 GHz Dual Wi-Fi)
Wi-Fi HotspotNoYes
Bluetooth2.1 +EDRv 2.1 + EDR
HDMICompatible (1080p HD), connect through Apple digital AV adapterYes
 Location ServiceApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
MapsGoogle MapsGoogle Maps with Navigon
Lost-Theft ProtectionMobileMeYes with 3rd party application like Lookout
 Network SupportApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
 ApplicationsApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
AppsApple Apps Store, iTunes 10.2Android Market, Google Mobile Service, Samsung App
Social NetworksFacebook, Vimeo,Twitter, LinkedinFacebook,Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin
Voice CallingSkype,Viber,VonageSkype, Viber, Vonage
Video CallingSkype,TangoSkype,Tango
FeaturediBook, iMovie ($4.99), GarageBand ($4.99), FaceTime, PhotoBoothThinkFree Office Mobile, AllShare
 Business MobilityApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Remote VPNYes , CISCO Anyconnect,Juniper JunOS PulseCISCO AnyConnect SSL VPN
Corporate MailYes with CISCO MobileActive Sync (POP/ IMAP4)
Corporate DirectoryYes with CISCO MobileYes with CISCO Jabber
Video ConferencingCISCO Mobile,WebExYes with CISCO WebEX
Other FeaturesBusiness Object Explorer,SYBASE Afaria Application for SAP, Conjunction with MDM and EAS IT Policy
 SecurityApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
 MobileMe,Password Protected ScreenYes with 3rd party application like Lookout
 Additional FeaturesApple iPad 2Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
 AirPlay,AirPrint,CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate use,65000 iPad specific applicationsAccelerometer,Digital Compass,Proximity, Stick Type Bluetooth Headset, GEL Woofer, Book Cover

  • kumar

    We want to see the price difference between the gadgets

  • Guest

    Samsung doesn’t have 8MP camera,but it features IPS screen.
    Fix this in your review!!

  • POOP

    imma poop on yall