iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Vs Paul Briden 15:39, 15 Feb 2012

We compare the iPad 2 with Samsung's latest 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2

We check out the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and see how it stacks up against Apple's iPad 2.

Form
Apple iPad 2 - 241.2x185.7x8.8mm, 607g

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 - 193.7x122.4x10.5mm, 344g

Samsung's re-invented Galaxy Tab isn't much of a re-invention, at least, as far as external design is concerned because it appears to use a very similar and neatly shaped body shell with a brushed aluminium back panel.

We deliberately say similar because it's not exactly the same. The dimensions are slightly different as Samsung has made the new Galaxy Tab 2 ever-so-slightly taller, wider and 1.5mm thinner than its predecessor, while shaving off around 36g in weight.

As with the original Galaxy Tab, we find the section of bodywork around the screen a little large for our tastes, at least from a visual standpoint, though, we suppose it does give you some space to grip without touching the screen inadvertently.

Apple's iPad 2 is the larger of the devices and it's a good deal heavier, too, at 607g compared with the Samsung's 344g but it does have the edge when it comes to thickness being only 8.8mm compared with the Galaxy Tab 2's 10.5mm waistline.

Generally we think the iPad 2 boasts nicer proportions and a sharper look than the Galaxy Tab 2, which looks a little too soft to us.

This round goes to the iPad.

Winner - Apple iPad 2

Display
The Galaxy Tab 2 is topped with a 7-inch piece of capacitive PLS LCD touchscreen glass that clocks a 1024x600 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 170 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

The iPad 2 doesn't continue Apple's tradition of extremely sharp displays normally found on its smaller iPhone devices - there's no fancy Retina stuff going on here, you'll have to wait for the iPad 3 for that, allegedly.

Instead, what you do get is 9.7-inches of LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen at 1024x768 pixels and 132ppi.

Neither setup is particularly awe-inspiring but they're not that bad either. Samsung's display has the higher pixel density but Apple's LED-backlit IPS technology should result in a better image quality overall.

Winner - Apple iPad 2

Storage
Samsung's device has three storage variants: either 8GB, 16GB or 32GB, depending on how much cash you're willing to splash, but any one you pick will come with a micro SD slot for a further 32GB. You also get 1GB of RAM.

Apple's iPad 2 storage capability starts higher up the chain with 16GB coming in as the lowest capacity followed by 32GB and 64GB models.

The iPad 2 has half the RAM of its rival at 512MB but this doesn't seem to affect performance due to Apple's clever optimisation. Of course, as usual, the iPad 2 doesn't feature a microSD slot so there's no possibility of expanding its memory.

We reckon this is a draw. The iPad 2 has more in-built storage in its top-end choice but between the Galaxy Tab's top-tier option and its micro SD support you can achieve the same storage total.

The Samsung has more RAM but Apple is pretty confident it doesn't need this much and we're inclined to agree.

Winner - Draw

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