Here goes another head-on battle between Apple and Android. And to non-techie people like me, comparisons between two gadgets seem like deciphering the hieroglyphics. I feel for those of you who, like me, have no idea what dual-core mean, or what on earth is Honeycomb. I will try to make this as human as possible. Samsung and Android has undoubtedly astounded many people in recent years. It may not be as earth shaking as when Macintosh launched the Mac Book or iPhone, with the luxurious-sounding Safari, instead of the conventional Internet Explorer, and the never-heard-of Dashboard that allows the user to use the calculator and translator, and even put Stickies that act like virtual Post-Its on your home screen (not desktop), but it sure is to shake the world of the creators of Apple and the world of Information Technology, whether they admit it or not. And here’s 5 reasons why the Galaxy Tab is better than the iPad.
5 Reasons Why the Galaxy Tab is Better than the iPad
1. Galaxy is thinner, lighter, and has better resolution than the iPad. No, I’m not going to put numbers here. You might want to check the specs at a different site. Both have round corners. But if you are going to use it for a long time or hold it while doing errands to the mall, Galaxy suffices better. It also has better resolution giving justice to really nice photos you put in there, which leads us to the next point.
2. Better camera. Samsung does not settle for anything less than 2 megapixels for their Galaxy Tab vs. VGA camera for the iPad. I don’t understand what difference two megapixels make against 5 or 8, but I sure do know that VGA cameras are the worse even for phone cameras, what more to big-screened tablets, right? Galaxy’s rear camera offers 3 megapixels with LED flash and autofocus while iPad has 0.7 megapixels with no flash.
3. Flash. Seriously, this is one unbelievable factor that ultimately smacks down the iPad. It is incapable of accessing sites that are Flash-enabled properly. Or you can’t view the site at all. Or you are asked to download Flash but you can’t. Internet is one of the reasons people buy a tablet. It is more portable than a laptop or even a netbook, but more convenient to use than your phone’s browser. So what happens when you can’t access sites that require Flash? You switch to your laptop, or you switch tablet brands.
4. Get personalized, organized. Samsung brings something unique to the tablet users (even to their phone users) giving them the capability to personalize their home screens, not just by using your own wallpaper but also by being able to place almost anything other than apps to your screen. In addition, apps remain on their same whether the tablet is in landscape or portrait mode, unlike with iPad that the apps rotate from 4×5 at portrait to 5×4, making it hard for the user to get used to the position of their apps. Both tablets allows the user to organize apps by using folders but Samsung offers more choices as to how the user would arrange their stuff. You can choose between the transparent icons (so much like the Apple where the icons of apps contained in the folder are shown, enlarged folders with miniature app icons, and fully customizable icons.
5. Ability to transfer files to and from computers/other devices. The Galaxy Tab allows the user to upload files to the computer, or other device via USB connection or Bluetooth, and also download files from the computer to other gadgets conveniently. The iPad, on the other hand, can download files from another computer but it cannot transfer files from the iPad to the computer or other device. The Bluetooth is even harder to use.
The verdict? Hands down to the Samsung Galaxy Tab! There is no need to fear Goliaths anymore. No need to be sentimental as to who introduced groundbreaking technology to the universe. Have we even recalled the last time we remembered Bill Gates? At these financial times, people should be practical and consider what gadget would give more bangs for the buck. Please note that this article was typed using an iPad. In a few days time, this unit will be sold on eBay and I shall notify you once item becomes available.
Author Bio: Alexis Thompson is a former Mountain Backpacker and a 26 year old mother of 2 daughters, Sophie and Rhian. She is into almost all types of Music especially The Fray and Hillsong. She also has a passion in Singing and Scrap Booking. Follow her escapades on her Twitter.
Carolyn | Wonder of Tech says
Hi Alexis. You make some good points about the Galaxy Tab. What else would you put on the home screen other than apps?
I have to say that I’ll stick with my iPad due to the apps available on it that aren’t available on Android. But you do make good arguments for why someone would get a Galaxy Tab over an iPad!
kathleen@online jobs says
I recently went through this debate while searching for a tablet. I was so close to buying the ipad, but all the reviews I read – that compared the ipad to Galaxy- indicated better resolution with Galaxy. Personally, that was what the deciding factor was.
Alexis great post, there also a reason price difference.
I like a devices where I can tinker around and not be stuck with what is given to me. If not, I get bored pretty fast. So the Samsung tablet it is for me.
Buy Back Telefoane says
It depends on your purpose or usage. I love iPhone before but after trying Galaxy S2 powered by a Linux-based OS .. I switched 🙂
It let me install all the applications needed in network and security administration as well as penetration testing tools 🙂
Great post!!! A million thank yous! After searching for hours on the differences between the two and which would be best for me (a non techie) this post FINALLY made things clear and gave me exactly the answer im looking for. Gonna go with the ipad (best for my needs) but just wanted to say thank 😀