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

 Design Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Form Factor Slate Slate
Keyboard Virtual full keyboard with swype Virtual full keyboard with swype
Dimension 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm (9.5 x 7.31 x 0.35 in) TBUxTBU x 8.6 mm
Weight 601g (1.33 lbs) Wi-Fi only; 607 (1.34lbs) 3G CDMA; 613g (1.35lbs) 3G GSM 470 g
Body Color Black, White Black
 Display Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Size 9.7 in 8.9 Inches
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels WXGA 1280 x 800
Features IPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated,
Sensors 3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor Gyroscope
 Operating System Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Platform iOS 4.3 (upgradeable to iOS 5.1) Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
UI Apple Samsung owned UX
Browser Apple Safari Android WebKit
Java/Adobe Flash Nitro JavaScript engine / No Adobe Flash Adobe Flash Player 10.1
 Processor Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Model Apple A5 dual core CPU with PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core
Speed 1 GHz dual core 1 GHz
 Memory Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
RAM 512 MB 1 GB
Included 16GB/32GB/64GB 16 GB/32 GB
Expansion No Up to 32 GB with microSD card
 Camera Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Resolution 0.7MP 8.0 Mega Pixel Camera
Flash No LED
Focus, Zoom Auto Focus, 4x Digital Zoom Auto Focus, Digital zoom
Video Capture HD 720p@30fps HD 1080p@30fps
Features Geo tagging, tap to control exposure
Secondary camera VGA (640 x 480pixels) @30fps Gyroscope
 Entertainment Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Audio Formats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV Dual surround sound speaker, Music Player support MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB
Video Formats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEG Video Player support MPEG4/ H263/ H264
Gaming Game Center
FM Radio No No
 Battery Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Type Capacity Built-in 25 W-hour Li-Polymer 6000 mAh
Talktime Surfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G) 10 Hrs
Standby More than 1 month TBU
 Mail and Messaging Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Mail General Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync Integrated E-Mail Gmail, MS Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, IMAP4
Messaging Google Talk (Web based), Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat IM (GoogleTalk), Beluga Facebook IM
 Connectivity Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n/a (2.4 and 5 GHz Dual Wi-Fi)
Wi-Fi Hotspot No Yes
Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR v 2.1 + EDR
USB Yes 2.0
HDMI Compatible (1080p HD), connect through Apple digital AV adapter Yes
 Location Service Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Maps Google Maps Google Maps with Navigon
Lost-Theft Protection MobileMe Yes with 3rd party application like Lookout
 Network Support Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
4G No -
 Applications Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Apps Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.2 Android Market, Google Mobile Service, Samsung App
Social Networks Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, Linkedin Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin
Voice Calling Skype, Viber, Vonage Skype, Viber, Vonage
Video Calling Skype, Tango Skype, Tango
Featured iBook, iMovie ($4.99), GarageBand ($4.99), FaceTime, PhotoBooth ThinkFree Office Mobile, AllShare
 Business Mobility Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
Remote VPN Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse CISCO AnyConnect SSL VPN
Corporate Mail Yes with CISCO Mobile Active Sync (POP/ IMAP4)
Corporate Directory Yes with CISCO Mobile Yes with CISCO Jabber
Video Conferencing CISCO Mobile, WebEx Yes with CISCO WebEX
Other Features Business Object Explorer, SYBASE Afaria Application for SAP, Conjunction with MDM and EAS IT Policy
 Security Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
  MobileMe, Password Protected Screen Yes with 3rd party application like Lookout
 Additional Features Apple iPad 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
  AirPlay, AirPrint, CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate use, 65000 iPad specific applications Accelerometer, 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