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Galaxy Vs iPad 2: Does Size Really Matter?

If Jenny Craig or WeightWatchers were giving out awards to the new generation of tablets for losing weight, who would win? The weighing scales don’t lie: the award wouldn’t go to Apple.

The iPad 2, which launched in 25 countries around the world on Friday, is 15% lighter than its predecessor at 601 grams, or 607 grams with 3G, and one-third thinner at .34 of an inch.

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That data has been processed by millions of consumers worldwide. As a luxury goods product, the iPad 2 is powerful, but Apple spends at least as much time marketing its looks.

Samsung’s all-new 10.1 Wifi-only Galaxy Tab is 595 grams and .33 of an inch thick. (It also has an 8.9 inch version.) It will be the thinnest on the market when it hits U.S. stores on June 8th.

Joanna Stern, reviews editor at, has handled the rival tablets. “The size difference is insanely minimal,” she says. “To the naked eye you can’t see any difference.”

She says the Galaxy is far behind on the “compelling software experience of the iPad 2, largely due to the availability of third party apps that have been created specifically for larger screens.”

Apple has tens of thousands of apps for its iPad 2 “IOS 4.3″ operating system. Google’s Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” operating system has just dozens specifically designed for the tablet market.

Both tablets have up to 10 hours of battery power, impressive for ones so trim, and both companies’ 16 gigabyte and 32 gigabyte tablets cost $499 and $599 respectively.

The Galaxy has 3 megapixel-cameras on the back and 2 megapixels on the front – and Flash video. All are improvements on the iPad 2, but consumers are not buying it for the cameras.

And, let’s face it, companies in Holland are unlikely to fashion beautiful cherry wood magnetic cover for Samsung’s 10.1 Galaxy Tab. This all helps transform the iPad 2 into must-have luxury goods products worth queuing for.

On Friday, Canadian Alex Lee was first in Sydney, Australia to buy an iPad 2. He waited over 50 hours. His reward? He got a mention from every news agency there … and an iPad 2.

So, on the day people around the world have lined up at Apple stores for an iPad 2, this is our question: would you stand in line for Samsung’s lighter, slimmer 10.1 Galaxy Tablet?


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    • The Samsung Galaxy is a true competitor to the iPad 2 but the Galaxy may be at a disadvantage because the iPad has become venerable like Microsoft Office. The iPad 2 and other tablets can be obtained online at

    • I felt that this article is biased. Snap back to reality. There’s a product that’s similarly spec’d as the iPad 2 and it will be available in roughly 2 1/2 months from now. The biggest thing going for the iPad 2 is the size/weight, battery life and apps. Size/Weight and battery life have now been ruled out. So now its just apps. One can boast about the number of apps being an advantage, but quantity isn’t everything and in a matter of months even that will be be a non-issue much like it is now for the Android phones. I welcome the competition. Overall Android is simply put, the more fun OS to have. I’m not knocking Apple as I do have a couple of Apple products, but we now have two iPads and yet we’re still using the same phone IOS?

    • Don’t believe any claims about the battery life of the Samsung until there is a shipping product that can actually be tested. The review units described by the reporter from Engadget would not even power on. They were little more than mock-ups meant to represent a product that Samsung is working on and planning to ship in June.

    • Why another ‘Me Too’ 10 incher?? I won’t be buying until I see a good 6 to 7 inch model. At the 10 inch size point it’s too unwieldy – and why type on a screen when for a device that size one can get a netbook with a real keyboard. Only an Apple junkie would buy such things. Meanwhile I will stick with my Nokia N810 with its 4 inch screen and clunkie software. And when will someone make a display with safe ‘real’ white backlighting instead of the horrible ‘blue-white’ LED backlighting?? Haven’t they heard of ‘blue light hazard’? It’s been known for years that it is hazardous to one’s eyes. For e-book reading I only use my Kindle with sunlight or an incandescent lamp for safety.

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