GADGET REVIEW - After months of anticipation and expectations, the New iPad from Apple has finally been announced. The device will hit the shelves March 16 and will be priced from $499-$829, which is similar to the previous iPad 2.
It will also offer a high speed 4G LTE network connection in territories with 4G in the U.S., and will be available on both the AT&T and Verizon wireless networks. However, Apple will still know that it is bound to face a tough competition against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v.
Let's have a look at the specifications of both the devices.
Display: The new 9.7-inch New iPad has arrived with an LED-backlit IPS TFT, capacitive touchscreen with 1536 x 2048 pixels and 264 ppi pixel density. This means as much as 44 percent greater color saturation with an amazing 3.1 million pixels. Astoundingly, that's four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and about a million more than an HDTV. The new tablet from the Cupertino-based company boasts a scratch resistant glass and an improved oleophobic coating.
The Samsung-made 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 10.1v, on the other hand, has a TFT capacitive Touchscreen with 800 x 1280 pixels and 149 ppi pixel density.
Body Dimensions: The New iPad has dimensions of 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm and weighs about 662 grams, in comparison with Samsung Tab 10.1v's dimensions of 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9 mm and a weight of around 589 grams.
Operating System: It is yet to be seen if the new tablets will receive updates from Apple after the new iOS version, iOS 5.1, is released. An IPSW version of iOS 5.1 is already out via Jailbreak.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1V, on the other hand, runs on Android 3.0 or Honeycomb juice. Although it was previously rumored that the device would get an Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future, nothing has been officially reveled.
Camera: When the camera specifications of both the devices are compared, it is heavily debated if the Samsung tablet has an upper hand over the New iPad.
The New iPad has arrived with a primary 5 megapixel, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus rear-facing camera with iSight and CMOS sensor setup, and features such as Touch focus, geo-tagging, HDR, face detection and more with video capabilities of 1080p at 30fps and video stabilization. A front-facing secondary VGA camera is also available.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v has a primary 8 megapixel, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash rear camera with geo-tagging and video capabilities of 1080p at 30fps. An additional front-facing 2 megapixel camera is also available.
Processor: Apple had earlier promised that the next iPad would be much faster than its predecessors, and has now presented the world with a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and Apple A5X chipset. A PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU has been further added to provide an additional boost. Although it was widely discussed and expected that Apple would come out with an A6 chipset, an A5X chipset has been delivered in the end.
The Samsung-made device is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 chipset and ULP GeForce GPU which is fast compared to most of the tablets in the market at the moment.
WLAN and Bluetooth: The New iPad's WLAN features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 73 Mbps; Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps speed. Bluetooth version 4.0 has been provided with A2DP and EDR. The Galaxy Tab 10.1V, in comparison, also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot. The device offers Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps speeds.
Memory: Whereas the New iPad has arrived in avatars of 16, 32 and 64 GB internal storage memory, the Galaxy Tab offers only 16 and 32 GB. External storage option is missing from both the devices which could prove to be a major blow in the upcoming months.
Battery Capacity: The New iPad has arrived with a standard Li-Po 42.5 Wh (Watt-Hour) providing Stand-by up to 720 hours and talk time up to 10 hours. Galaxy Tab 10.1v has a standard 6860 Li-Po battery which provides a massive stand-by of up to 1810 hours and talk time up to 10 hours.