2Samsung Galaxy Tab
Two differences out of the gate: Samsungs Galaxy Tab runs the Android 2.2 operating system, and it will be available from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and even U.S. Cellular. The Apple iPad runs iOS and is exclusive to AT&T. Both, however, are considered pricey. The Tab is $400 with a contract or $600 without one. The equivalent 16GB iPad with WiFi and 3G starts at $629.
3White Back Cover
While in this Samsung image the back panel is black, models for the United States feature a plastic back cover in white. The rear-facing camera has an LED flash but “is a bit-subpar for a device of this caliber,” wrote iFixit, adding that even a smartphone like the Droid 2 comes packed with 5 megapixels. (The iPad, however, has no camera at all.)
5Galaxy Tab Motherboard
Highlights on the Tabs motherboard include, in yellow, its 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird multimedia applications processor; in red, 16GB of NAND Flash, from SanDisk; in teal, the Infineon HSDPA/HSUPA/EDGE modem; in purple, the RF transceiver, from Wolfson; and in orange, its power management controls from Maxim. (Image courtesy of iFixit.)
6Opening the Tab
The Apple iPads display has a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels, compared to the Galaxy Tabs 1,024 by 600 pixels. While the Tab offers more pixels per inch, iFixit still says this is “nowhere near dense enough for us,” adding, “We vastly prefer the iPhone 4’s 326ppi retina display.” (Image courtesy of Apple.)