Difference Between Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad

Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad – Full Specification Compared

Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad both are compititive tablets from Samsung and Apple.Samsung has created a real competition to Apple iPad with its new product, Galaxy Tablet. We have discussed here on how Samsung’s Galaxy Tab differ from the Apple’s iPad.

The major difference is: Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with phone feature. It has integrated the phone in to the Galaxy Tab. Whereas, absence of this feature may be seen by users as a drawback in Apple iPad. With Tab, you can either use speaker phone or Bluetooth.


Galaxy Tab is smaller and lighter, the tablet screen is just 7-inch TFT LCD whereas Apple iPad is large 9.7″ LED IPS. Screen resolution is almost same and multitouch.

Dimensions of Apple iPad: 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 inches

Dimensions of Samsung Galaxy Tablet: 7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 inches

Apple iPad is quiet heavy; 1.5 pounds for Wi-Fi model and 1.6 pounds for 3G model. The Tablet weighs less than a pound, it is only 0.84 pounds.

Both Samsung’s tablet and Apple’s iPad have the same speed processor but Galaxy Tab has got twice the RAM (512MB).  iPad has got only 256 MB RAM.

Internal storage capacity is almost same for both. Apple iPad has got 3 options; 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. Samsung offer 16GB or 32GB. But the Galaxy Tablet supports up to 32GB of expandable storage. iPad’s limitation to internal space only will certainly be viewed by users as a disadvantage.

Another added feature of Galaxy Tab is it two cameras; a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chatting. Apple’s current iPad models do not have cameras.

When it comes to batteries, Apple has a longer life time; Apple claims that its iPad can last up to 10 hours of video playback on Wi-fi model and 9 hours on 3G model. Galaxy’s battery life is up to 7 hours of video playback.


Samsung Galaxy Tab run on Google’s Android 2.2, plans are afoot to upgrade the operating system to 3.0

Apple iPad runs iOS 3.2, iOS 4.1 and upgradeable to iOS 4.2.

Android 2.2 Operating System gives the tablet many advantages over Apple’s iPad iOS 3.2.

Android supports full multitasking, Adobe Flash, and in addition to Android App allows unrestricted access to external applications.

iOS 3.2 does not support multi tasking and Adobe Flash; it also has restriction on access to other market applications. Users have access to Apple App only. Upgrade to iOS 4.02 is expected to bring some improvement in this.

Comparison of Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad

 Design Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Form Factor Slate Slate
Keyboard Virtual full keyboard with swype Virtual full keyboard with swype
Dimension 190.1x120.5x12 mm 242.8x1859.7x13.4 mm
Weight 0.84 lbs 730 g (1.6 lbs)
Body Color Black Black, White
 Display Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Size 7 inches 9.7
Resolution WSVGA 1024 x 600 1024 x 768 pixels
Features IPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated
 Operating System Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Platform Android 2.2 (Froyo) iOS 4.2.1 (upgradeable to iOS 4.3.4)
UI TouchWiz 3.0 Apple
Browser Android WebKit Apple Safari
Java/Adobe Flash Adobe Flash Player 10.1 No
 Processor Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Model ARM Cortex A8 Apple A4
Speed 1 GHz 1 GHz
 Memory Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
RAM 512 MB 512
Included 16 GB/32 GB 16GB/32GB/64GB
Expansion Up to 32 GB with microSD card No
 Camera Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Resolution 3.2 megapixels No Camera
Flash LED No Camera
Focus, Zoom Auto focus, digital zoom No Camera
Video Capture HD [email protected] No Camera
Features -
Secondary camera 1.3 megapixel VGA
 Entertainment Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Audio Music Player support MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, WAV, AC3, MIDI, i-Melody, SP-MIDI Formats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV
Video Video Player supportWMV, MPEG4, DIVX, XVID, H.263, H.264 Formats: H.264 up to [email protected], MPEG4, M-JPEG
Gaming Need for Speed Shift - Free download
FM Radio No
 Battery Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Type Capacity 4000 mAh Built in Li-Polymer
Talktime Up to 1000 min Surfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)
Standby Up to 1500 hrs
 Mail and Messaging Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Mail Integrated E-Mail Gmail, MS Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, IMAP4 General Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync
Messaging IM (GoogleTalk), Facebook Google Talk (Web based) , Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat
 Connectivity Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Yes
Wi-Fi Hotspot No
Bluetooth v 3.0 2.1 + EDR
USB 2.0 Via Cable
DLNA AllShare DLNA -
 Location Service Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Maps Google Maps with Navigon Google Maps
Lost-Theft Protection MobileMe
 Network Support Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
4G No
 Applications Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Apps Android Market, Google Mobile Service, Samsung App Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.1
Social Networks Facebook, Google talk, Twitter, MySpace Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube
Voice Calling Skype, Vonage, Viber
Video Calling Skype, Tango
Featured ThinkFree Office Mobile, AllShare FaceTime
 Business Mobility Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
Remote VPN Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse
Corporate Mail Yes with Active Sync
Corporate Directory Cisco Mobile
Video Conferencing Cisco WebEx
 Security Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
  MobileMe, Password protected screen
 Additional Features Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad
  AirPlay, AirPrint, CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate use

  • Chaukejeanette

    Galaxy tab the best gadget one has ever had I love it…..:) cant get my hands of it mwaaaaaah