Today we thought we’d take a look at the fight between the new Apple iPad 3 vs. the SamsungGalaxy Note 10.1. The Galaxy Note 10.1 created quite the commotion at the 2012 Mobile World Congress. The fate of Apple’s new tablet hangs in the balance because its success depends not only its features but also the performance of rival products from Kindle Fire, the PlayBook, the Transformer EEE Pad and the Galaxy Tab, not to mention the iPad 2 itself. So Let’s Begin
One of the biggest differences will be the displays on these tablets. The new iPad has a 9.7-inch Retina Display with a remarkable resolution of 2048×1536 while the Galaxy Note 10.1 really doesn’t compete on this score, offering instead a 10.1-inch WXGA display with resolution of 1280×800.
Both tablets have models with up to 64GB storage and the new iPad has WiFi or WiFi + 4G LTE variants while the Galaxy Note 10.1 has WiFi or HSPA+ variants. Other specs and features for the new iPad include the new A5X dual-core processor, quad-core graphics, 802.11a/b/g/n/ WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Dimensions are 241.2mm x 185.7mm x 9.4mm and it weighs 652g for the WiFi version of 662g for the WiFi + 4G version.
Other specs and features for the Galaxy Note 10.1 include a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth, this time version 3.0. Dimensions are 256.7mm x 175.3mm x 8.9mm and it weighs 583g so the Note 10.1 is in fact slimmer and lighter than the new iPad. We should also point out that a feature that the Galaxy Note 10.1 has that the new iPad doesn’t, is that a stylus or (S Pen) can be used on this tablet
With the frame of the next-gen iPad 3 not changing all that much from the iPad 2, that leaves the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 still very much in the driving seat as far as form factor goes. At nearly 100g lighter and a shade slimmer, it wins this round hands down. The only possible case that you could argue for the new iPad is in terms of the beauty of its industrial design and, yes, it is a looker. The thing is, so is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
Camera’s clearly weren’t a priority for the Galaxy Note 10.1’s design team, as it only sports a 3.15-megapixel primary at 2048×1536 pixels. It does have an LED flash, 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel secondary, though, which is nice.
Apple has brought its iSight camera technology from the iPhone 4S across to the new iPad 3, which means you get a 5-megapixel backlight-illuminated sensor (BSI) at 2592×1944 pixels, some great stabilisation features, 1080p video capture and an enhanced lens setup for greater picture clarity.
Looking at operating systems we can tell you that the new iPad uses iOS 5.1 the very latest (but minor update) Apple mobile operating system that was released last week on the same day as the new iPad announcement. The Galaxy Note 10.1 will run on the latest Android OS that came out at the end of last year, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
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