In the tablet market, deciding on products in the higher range of the industry requires consumers and enterprise users to choose between Apple's new iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Not only are both devices vying for the same customer dollars, but they're also trying to win in a bitter legal dispute being waged worldwide over alleged infringement on the part of both companies. So far, however, it appears Apple is gaining the upper hand.
Regardless, customers still have the choice of deciding between Apple's new iPad or the Galaxy Tab. And although fans in either camp might say the choice is easy, it might not be as simple as some think. Apple's new iPad is a stellar product, but so is Samsung's tablet. Making an impulsive decision for either device just isn't a good idea.
's new iPad. Yes, the Galaxy Tab is nice, but when it's all said and done, it's the new iPad that deserves the hard-earned cash of consumers and business users.
1. The Retina display matters
Apple's Retina display matters greatly in the world of tablet displays. The screen is widely viewed as the best on the market, and its high-quality visuals go above and beyond anything customers will find in other tablets. Until Samsung and every other tablet maker can change that, Apple's slate will win out.
2. Design, design, design
Apple has always been keen on design. The company knows that customers want products that reflect well upon them, and it has been able to deliver that. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 design isn't bad, but it's not on the same level as the iPad.
3. Android 4.0 won't cut it
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 ships with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). And although that operating system is nice in its own right, it can't quite hold up to iOS 5. What's worse, Apple's new iPad will support iOS 6 this fall. Samsung better get ready for a real (and difficult) software fight when that happens.
4. What sets Galaxy Tab 2 apart?
Looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, it's hard to find anything that can actually set apart that device from the new iPad. Samsung's tablet has the same, basic look as Apple's, with its prominent screen. And from a mobility perspective, it doesn't do anything unique that would attract customers. The only unique tablet is Microsoft's Surface. Other than that, pretty much all tablets are about the same. And that favors Apple's stronger design.