Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Tablet showdown

Which is the better tablet -- Apple's iPad 2 or Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1v?

Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2 has finally in Australia, and it is predictably flying off the shelves. If you're not interested in Apple's tablet at all, there are some valid alternatives to the iPad 2, headed by the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v.

Read our comprehensive iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v previews, and check out our guide to the best upcoming tablets in 2011.

As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v has a 10.1in display with a resolution of 1280x800, meaning it will compete directly with the 9.7in iPad 2.

With this in mind, how does the Apple iPad 2 stack up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v when it comes to specifications?

Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Specifications

Feature Apple iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Apple iOS 4 Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) iPad 2
Display size 9.7in 10.1in Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Display technology Capacitive LED-backlit IPS Capacitive TFT iPad 2
Display resolution 1024x768 pixels 1280x800 pixels Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Front camera VGA 2 megapixels Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Rear camera 0.7 megapixels, no flash 8 megapixels, single LED flash, autofocus Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Video recording Yes, 720p HD Yes, 1080p HD Galaxy Tab 10.1v
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB 16GB or 32GB iPad 2
Expandable memory None None Draw
Dimensions 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8mm 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9mm iPad 2
Weight 607g 600g Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Application store Apple App Store Google Android Market iPad 2
Processor Apple A5 dual-core (1GHz) NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core (1GHz) Unknown
RAM 512MB 1GB Galaxy Tab 10.1v
3G networks HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 Draw
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP Draw
HDMI-out No (Yes with optional digital AV adapter No iPad 2
Quoted battery life Up to 10 hours Up to 7 hours iPad 2
Adobe Flash support No Yes Galaxy Tab 10.1v

Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Design and display

The new iPad 2 is faster, thinner and lighter than its predecessor. The iPad 2 is 33 per cent thinner than the original iPad, weighs 613g, and comes in both black and white models. The curved design of the back of the iPad 2 makes it comfortable to hold, and it is relatively thin given the size of its screen. The iPad 2 remains a little awkward to hold in both portrait or landscape layouts, so it's best to prop it up against an object.

Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Tablet showdown

Apple's iPad 2 is lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessor.

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