Clearing one million units in one month, the Galaxy Tab looks like the fiercest competition for Apple’s iPad yet. And it’s no surprise, since the Galaxy Tab incorporates a number of offerings which Apple chose to ignore. These include MicroSD support for up to 32 GB cards and mobile network support by default (3G support is only available on selected iPad models). Additionally, users are able to make cellular calls using the Galaxy Tab – a luxury which is not available on the iPad.
The Galaxy Tab incorporates a 7″ TFT capacitive touch-screen which boasts a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Although this is smaller than the iPad, which measures in at 9.7″, the resolution is competitive – Apple’s offering measures in at 1024 by 768 pixels. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Tab’s Gorilla Glass display (which also supports multi-touch), gets dirtier far quicker than the iPad’s – something which we found a nuisance.
In terms of storage, the Galaxy Tab is available in 16 GB and 32 GB variants which, when coupled with a 32 GB MicroSD card, can mean up to 64 GB of storage space. It also features a 3.5 megapixel camera with video capture (not present in the iPad), 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support, plus of course full integration with the Android Marketplace and Google applications such as maps and mail.
Doing the computing is a 1 GHz ARM Cortex processor which is perfect most of the time but can struggle if you do heavy multi-tasking.
The Galaxy Tab also features DivX media and full 1080p support for a number of video file formats and can function as an external drive should the user choose this option. Compared to Apple’s relatively restrictive iTunes software, it is far easier to load and remove data onto the device.
Samsung Glaxy Tab Price in Pakistan: Rs. 49500
Samsung Glaxy Tab Price in South Africa: R 8500
Galaxy Tab versus iPad
So, is it worth purchasing a Galaxy Tab over an iPad?
Overall, the iPad is arguably more attractive in terms of design and certainly prevails over Samsung’s device with regards to its ‘cool’ factor. But the Tab has a number of decent features the iPad doesn’t have, including microSD support and calling.
Had Samsung priced the Galaxy Tab more aggressively, the answer would have been clearer – but at a cost of R8500 locally, it really is a issue of personal preference. Still, with the iPad not officially launched in SA, the Galaxy Tab is the only proper tablet currently
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