Even after the advent of several competing tablets, the iPad continues to reign supreme in the segment.
The latest iPad Air shows that Apple is not quite done with reinventing the tablet, as the device feels extremely light. Apple appears to have gone beyond the known possibilities to create the iPad Air and this device feels like having been made with space age materials. Compared with the latest iPad, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 feels quite cumbersome, though it is not without its advantages.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 comes with 10.1 inch display that offers limited resolution compared with the latest generation iPad. Its figures of 800 x 1280 pixels and 149 PPI feel pale in comparison with the iPad Air. The Apple device uses the same retina display, which offers 1536 x 2048 pixels in resolution, on the 10.7 inch display. Hence, it is able to post 264 PPI in pixel density. The resolution in pixel density figures are not the only advantages seen in the display department.
The iPad Air comes with LED backlit IPS panels to provide excellent color reproduction and viewing angles. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 does not offer such fancy technologies and it comes with the PLS TFT of the older generations.
Despite the limited resolution on offer, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 makes for an excellent entertainment device at a fraction of the cost. This is because of the 16 GB and 32 GB internal memory options, combined with the microSD card support of up to 32 GB. Due to the drastic reduction in prices of microSD cards, it is now possible to expand the memory without having to spend a lot of money. It is not the case with the iPad Air though, which may offer up to 128 GB of internal storage, but sees a steep price increase with increasing memory specifications.
A dual core 1.3 GHz processor of the A7 type is the reason behind the iPad Air’s silky power. The device will be able to handle any high end app without breaking sweat. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 also uses a dual core processor, albeit clocked at a lower 1 GHz. Still, this device is substantially slower due to the power demanding TouchWiz user interface coupled with the Android operating system.
There is not much to separate the 3.15 megapixel camera on the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 from the 5 megapixel camera on the iPad Air. However, the figures may tell a different story because the final product from these two cameras is extremely different. The iPad provides excellent pictures that can rival most compact digital cameras, which is surprising since this is a tablet. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1’s pictures and videos are best left seen on the tablet, rather than a larger screen.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 gets a huge advantage because of its $250 price for the 16 GB variant, while the iPad Air costs $499 for the same memory variant.