iPad vs Galaxy Tab 10.1

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This all started when I was asked to buy an iPad as a gift. I was not even thinking if buying a tablet until that happened. But once it happened it was happening faster that I could think. So, now I have almost decided to get a tablet for myself and the race is between two tablets – Apple’s iPad vs. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.

I have not decided yet, but I hope by the time I am done with this post, I will be done. There will be one test that will remain pending and that is the battery test. I have almost tested the iPad2 but Samsung Galaxy is pending that test and I will update the post later when I have the results.

Before, I start the evaluation I provide a list of parameters on which I am going to evaluate the tablets and alongside I have ranking/weights for each of the parameters to help me arrive at a weighted score in the end. If you would like a PDF here it is – iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Parameters

Parameter Description Weight
Gmail Integration Gmail is the only mail I use besides my office email on mobile devices. And the integration has to be pretty sleek so that I can make best use of the email 5
Chat Client There has to be a chat client on the tablet so that I do not have to use my computer for chatting and I am going to look for GTalk and Yahoo only 5
Browsing I am going to use tablet to read a lot of articles and possible share it with the world on Twitter, Facebook and WordPress. Browsing experience has to be fast and performant

5

Social Integration Facebook, Twitter and blog should be easily manageable

4

Sharing I kept this out of Social Media because this is more to do with just FB and Twitter. After I find an article, I would want to be able to share it with my friends via various mechanism and this could mean an article, an image or a video

4

Music Should be able to play music easily based on the various MP3 songs I already have. Rating for this is low for me because I am not going to play music on the device and don’t care how it is

2

Video Should be able to play movies/podcasts and other video formats easily available. This is a feature that I am going to use to get myself updated

4

Games Should be able to play games well and all sorts of – board or racing. Not too important for me

2

Usability Overall usability like design, input, output and easy to hold and comfort are important.

5

Performance Should be good. Don’t want to wait for apps to open and do things and I wait for ever

5

Summary of Results and Ranking

Parameter

Ranking

iPad

Galaxy Tab

Gmail Integration

5

5

10

Chat Client

5

8

10

Browsing

5

6

10

Social Integration

4

10

7

Sharing

4

6

8

Music

2

10

8

Video

4

8

10

Games

2

10

7

Usability

5

7

10

Performance

5

10

9

Score

316

375

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