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
 DesignSamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
Form FactorSlateSlate
KeyboardVirtual full keyboard with swypeVirtual full keyboard with swype
Dimension190.1x120.5x12 mm242.8x1859.7x13.4 mm
Weight0.84 lbs730 g (1.6 lbs)
Body ColorBlackBlack, White
 DisplaySamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
Size7 inches9.7
ResolutionWSVGA 1024 x 6001024 x 768 pixels
FeaturesIPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated
 Operating SystemSamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
PlatformAndroid 2.2 (Froyo)iOS 4.2.1 (upgradeable to iOS 4.3.4)
UITouchWiz 3.0Apple
BrowserAndroid WebKitApple Safari
Java/Adobe FlashAdobe Flash Player 10.1No
 ProcessorSamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
ModelARM Cortex A8Apple A4
Speed1 GHz1 GHz
 MemorySamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
RAM512 MB512
Included16 GB/32 GB16GB/32GB/64GB
ExpansionUp to 32 GB with microSD cardNo
 CameraSamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
Resolution3.2 megapixelsNo Camera
FlashLEDNo Camera
Focus, ZoomAuto focus, digital zoomNo Camera
Video CaptureHD 720p@30fpsNo Camera
Secondary camera1.3 megapixel VGA
 EntertainmentSamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
AudioMusic Player support MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, WAV, AC3, MIDI, i-Melody, SP-MIDIFormats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV
VideoVideo Player supportWMV, MPEG4, DIVX, XVID, H.263, H.264Formats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEG
GamingNeed for Speed Shift - Free download
FM RadioNo
 BatterySamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
Type Capacity4000 mAhBuilt in Li-Polymer
TalktimeUp to 1000 minSurfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)
StandbyUp to 1500 hrs
 Mail and MessagingSamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
MailIntegrated E-Mail Gmail, MS Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, IMAP4General Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync
MessagingIM (GoogleTalk), FacebookGoogle Talk (Web based) , Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat
 ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
Wi-Fi HotspotNo
Bluetoothv 3.02.1 + EDR
USB2.0Via Cable
 Location ServiceSamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
MapsGoogle Maps with NavigonGoogle Maps
Lost-Theft ProtectionMobileMe
 Network SupportSamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
 ApplicationsSamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
AppsAndroid Market, Google Mobile Service, Samsung AppApple Apps Store, iTunes 10.1
Social NetworksFacebook, Google talk, Twitter, MySpaceFacebook, Linkedin, MySpace,Twitter,YouTube
Voice CallingSkype,Vonage,Viber
Video CallingSkype,Tango
FeaturedThinkFree Office Mobile, AllShareFaceTime
 Business MobilitySamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
Remote VPNYes , CISCO Anyconnect,Juniper JunOS Pulse
Corporate MailYes with Active Sync
Corporate DirectoryCisco Mobile
Video ConferencingCisco WebEx
 SecuritySamsung Galaxy TabApple iPad
 MobileMe,Password protected screen
 Additional FeaturesSamsung Galaxy TabApple 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