Is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 better than the iPad 2?

Should I buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or an iPad 2?

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 18:41

no, no, no, Sir... 's not that easy :p

What do you want to use it for? Do you curse at iTunes' bloaty slagness or do you love it? Would you like to be able to connect your pad/tab to any PC in mass storage mode without having to use iTunes or some weird online service workaround?
Do you mind spending quite a bit on good apps, or are you happy with mediocre freebies?
Will you be gaming or working or is the tab for videos or browsing...?
Are you looking for the 3G versions? If so, do you always have 3G coverage or often just 2G/EDGE?
And why the Galaxy? Acer Iconia is quite a bit cheaper. It has a full USB port to take pendrives and, with a hack, even a usb internet dongle...

Anyhow, flatout "better" depends entirely on you.

So, tell us :)

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 20:15

Then you have to consider if maybe you'd want a keyboard with your tablet, if so, the Asus eee Pad Transformer might be the tablet for you. Even without the 'board it's a fantastic tablet, great IPS display, looks nice etc...

"Better", in the tablet world is a hard word to throw around, the hardware on these devices is all so similar that it's really down to personal preference. Both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad are good tablets, probably the best two available, (unless you want a keyboard then you'd have to go for an Asus Transformer). I'd suggest going to Currys or PC World and having a play on both, seeing what works/feels best for you. There are also all the things that Jan said to consider...along with the biggest question of you really NEED a tablet?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 23:45

Good point. I had the first Galaxy tab when it launched. After 3 days I had forgotten why I should bother powering it up...

Which reminds me: That first tab had very poor wifi reception. And the gsm signal was consistently 2 to 3 bars below that of phones on the same network in the same location. A friend's iPad 2 on the other hand impressed me - sticks nicely to signals, and in a place where my SGS2 struggled with 3G she can easily download movies and so on....

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 31, 2011 at 00:08

I feel the need to admit to owning a tablet, but it's a TouchPad which I picked up for £89 last week, I don't need it but for that price it seemed rude to say no :p. Tablets are pretty pointless a netbook is cheaper, more functional and more powerful...but like I said earlier, not for less than 90 quid ;). Samsung signals are crappy, Jan's right, my S2 has far worse wifi than my old Desire or my new TouchPad. I can't comment on cell signals though as i live in a full HSDPA area and every phone I've owned gets a great signal. I'd be willing to bet the S2 would be worse than your average smartphone in a weaker signal area though.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 31, 2011 at 07:29

Yep, for that price I'd find a good reason, too. :))

I would accept an Acer Iconia A500 as a gift (wink, Emma)...I have a weird thing for Acer, and the Iconia impressed me most of the trio of tabs I played with on Sunday (well, I played with the Packard Bell Liberty tab, but it's the same) ...somehow it feels more "important" than the sleek iPad and Galaxy. And the sound kicks double-as*... Also, Acer include a decent case, and I'm cheap :p


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