September 22, 2014

Galaxy Tab Faceoff

If you’re following tech news, you know that Samsung is releasing a new tablet, the Galaxy Tab 8.4 and 10.5, which they hope will finally allow them to finally outdistance Apple’s iPad. By a happy coincidence, the content writing department of eGumball (Tek Team) are almost perfectly split between Apple and Samsung, so decided that it would be fun to sit two writers of the Tek Team down for a little head-to-head comparison.

What did they think of the new Galaxy Tab?

The Opinion of a Samsung Fan

By A.G.

As a big fan of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, I am very excited to see that Samsung is coming out with a Samsung Galaxy S Tab 8.4 and 10.5 in bronze. Considering the high quality and functionality of the Galaxy S Smartphone, it is assumed that the Tab will be just as exceptional.

Of course, the resolution is higher than ever, with 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (359 pixels per inch) according to CNET. Its larger screen (8.4 inches or 10.5 inches) will prove beneficial when binge watching your favorite Netflix series on a train, in a plane, in a house, or with a mouse. The tablet itself is very light and durable. Unless you are going to take it camping or plan on throwing it off of a roof, you won’t necessarily need a case, as the bronze backing is just as durable as the backing of the Smartphone.

Some of the new features include, but are not limited to, multiple user accounts, fingerprint lock, multi-window feature, kids mode, download booster, remote video conference, and of course the ever-lasting battery that can last for days with the Ultra Power Saving Mode.

Since the iPhone 6 came out a little behind the Samsung Galaxy 5S smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Tab might blow the iPad out of the water. What do you think?

The Opinion of an Apple User

By L.J. 

As a long-time Apple user, I was skeptical of the Galaxy Tab. My initial opinion was that it was yet another pretender to Apple’s throne. However, having reviewed the product, I have to admit that Samsung has thrown down the gauntlet. The Galaxy Tab is lighter, thinner, and larger than the iPad.
Most alarmingly its graphic resolution is better, significantly better. 359 ppi vs. the iPad’s 132 ppi? I feel as if I might as well be watching Netflix blindfolded.

As for the mini-apps, they look amazing. Not being able to open multiple windows on my iPad has always been frustrating and I’m insanely jealous that Samsung users have them and I don’t.

At least when it comes to its web browsing, email, and e-books I am on solid ground. It doesn’t look like Samsung has made any noticeable improvements over Apple in these areas. The same goes for memory, processing power, and battery life. It looks like Samsung and Apple are neck and neck on all counts. It looks like Apple’s camera has a slight edge over Samsung, though, but by much.

The bottom line is that wherever Samsung is not beating Apple, they are at least holding their own. It hurts to admit it, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great product with a lot of great features. Still, I don’t think that many iPad users are going to abandon Apple for Samsung just yet. My guess is that, like me, they are going to wait and see if Apple can rise to the challenge Samsung has set for them. Here’s hoping.

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