Watch Out iPad, Here Comes the Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Android vs Apple battle has finally toppled over into the tablet market. Samsung has recently unveiled their new Galaxy Android Tablet. Now the Galaxy isn’t the first Android Tablet on the market as there are many others including the Dell Streak. The Galaxy Tab is the first Android Tablet that has a chance of standing up against the iPad.

First off, in terms of weight and size, the Galaxy is a smaller and lighter device in comparison to the iPad. The iPad has a 9.7 inch LED screen while the Galaxy has a slightly smaller 7 inch LCD screen. There are rumors swirling around though that there will be larger versions of the Galaxy tab available later on. As far as capacity goes, iPad offers 16, 32 and 64GB internal memory respectively. The Galaxy though only offers 16 and 32GB versions, but supports up to 32GB of external storage through microSD, something the iPad doesn’t offer. Both tablets have a 1GHz processor, but the Galaxy has twice the RAM at 512MB.

Samsung also decided to go a step further by not just incorporating one camera, but two! This is much similar to what you would see on the new iPhone 4, with a rear-faced 3.2 megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera. The front camera is obviously for video conferencing, while the back camera has auto-focusing and an LED flash. Although Samsung claims that the Galaxy will have up to 7 hours of video playback, Apple claims that their iPad will do up to 10 hours. The Galaxy operates on the newest Android 2.2 system, while the iPad is on their current iOS 3.2, with an iOS 4.1 update coming in November.

There are a few more things that helps set the Galaxy apart from the iPad. The Galaxy actually has Flash support, unlike the iPad and it has unrestricted access for apps, which Apple is notorious for policing and censoring. The Galaxy will also have phone support through Bluetooth, something that is nonexistent in the iPad. Currently there are no carriers for the Galaxy, but there are many rumors that place Verizon at the top contender.

All in all its shaping up to be a great war between the two. I look forward to possibly getting a hands-on experience with the Galaxy.

Below is a side by side comparison courtesy of PC World.

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