Material used in production, finishing, weight, screen, speed, customization of widgets.
Android system still has bugs, few applications available, lack of connections (outputs and / or HDMI connections, SD card and USB).
A few days remain for Samsung to announce Galaxy 10.1 sales.The first images, videos and settings have already been released.Check it:
The name “10.1” was not random: it refers to the size of your screen, bigger than the 9.7 inches of the iPad 2. But the dimensions of the two tablets are practically the same.
Analyzing the hardware settings at all it looks like Motorola’s Xoom.Nor would it be worth comparing them, so much the similarities.
But these initial appearances fool: Galaxy 10.1 has a better finish and a better architecture than its more direct rival.
Nor can you compare the new Galaxy 10.1 with the Galaxy 7 “.It’s not an upgrade of a product, but the creation of a new tablet or notebook to compete with iPad 2 and Xoom.
But does Samsung have enough structure for this?That’s what we’ll try to find out …
Well stuffed application package
In addition to the technical attributes (see below) what strikes this Samsung is the concern in delivering a good number of applications.
Perhaps most useful is the Polaris Office, for editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
From Google comes Google Talk (for video chat);Google Calendar;YouTube;Google Maps;Gmail.
Android Honeycomb promises
The main novelty is the new Android platform Honeycomb, created exclusively for tablets – which is also used in Xoom.This is a rock in the shoe of the current Galaxy 7 inch, which runs on Android 2.2, a system optimized for smartphones.
The good side of this Android is the ability to customize your widgets, unbeatable if compared to the iPad 2. Its interface (ease of access to commands) is also very good.But … Honeycomb is still full of bugs, which erase its initial brightness a bit.
Processor and storage
The Samsung tablet will have a new 1GHz NVidia Tegra 2 Dual Core processor, the same from Xoom and considered one of the high points of the Motorola tablet.
As for storage, the initial idea of Samsung was to launch two models (with 16GB and 32GB).But decided to include a 64GB model as well.
There are no HDMI, USB or SD card connections.To perform this task you need connectors, purchased separately, in the same way you do on iPad 2.
High definition screen
The new WXGA TFT LCD touchscreen display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (the same resolution as the Xoom) with the ability to rotate HD videos up to 1080p.The big advantage of this screen compared to the iPad is its aspect ratio – the best aspect ratio for playing videos and games.Incidentally, this is pointed out as one of the highlights of this tablet.
It is true that the Galaxy 10.1 has 25% more pixels, but in compensation the iPad 2 has a better view when being tilted.
The thinnest and lightest tablet on the market
The launch of the iPad 2 forced Samsung to redesign its new tablet.And one of the major changes was to reduce its thickness.From the 10.3 mm of the previous prototype, it passes to 8.6 mm, against the 8.8 mm of iPad 2.
And the final weight has been reduced even more:from the 595g of its prototype, it passes to definitive 565g (against 601g of iPad 2).
Different iPad material
Unlike the iPad 2 the “housing” of this Galaxy does not incorporate any aluminum.Instead, it comes with a silver plastic material with a carbon fiber-mimicking texture.
Camera: number of pixels also decreases
Another change made by Samsung was to reduce the resolution of your camera.Of the 8 megapixels predicted, it has gone to 5 megapixels and now it will even have “only” 3 megapixels.Auto focus and flash remain.As a result, the resolution is lower than that of the Xoom (5 megapixels).
Key differences compared to Galaxy 7.0′
Samsung’s strategy with Galaxy 10.1 is not to replace the younger brother.It is a new product.
Want an example?The new Galaxy, despite being larger and faster, does not come with digital and analog TV, does not serve as a router, nor does it make phone calls – but it preserves the GPS, which is integrated with the Google Maps service.
The Wi-Fi model with 16GB will cost $ 1,700.00.Another option – not yet confirmed – to reduce prices is a partnership with Brazilian operators in their 3G models.
The pretensions of the personnel of Samsung in Brazil are not at all modest: to conquer 50% of the market of tablets, which would represent 400 thousand units.(Information provided by Roberto Soboll, company executive, to the IDG Now! Site).
In addition to competing with the iPad 2 the new tablet from Samsung now also will have to face the Motorola Xoom.But unlike this, the Korean company decided to be more cautious and wait for the launch of Apple.
This strategy now turns out to be the most correct.Samsung has made several modifications not to make the mistakes of Motorola.
Let’s make two comparisons:
1 – Samsung 10.1 x Motorola Xoom:are two products almost the same, both in hardware and operating system (Android 3.0).But by delaying its launch, Samsung has had time to make a better product.
2 – Samsung 10.1 x iPad 2:here the bug catches.The main difference is in the operating system.Apple’s iOS is a mature, solid, reliable, consolidated system.Android still has a lot to evolve, even if it relies on Google’s powerful support.
The question remains:will the Samsung 10.1 have enough attributes to convince the consumer to buy a tablet with the same price of an iPad 2?
But perhaps its direct competitor is even the Motorola Xoom.Then yes Galaxy 10.1 can be considered a better product.