The iPad 2 seems to be the tablet to beat, but could the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the HP TouchPad prove to be more than just iPad 2 alternatives? T3 takes a look...
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with its slim and light form-factor, Android Honeycomb OS and the HP TouchPad equipped with the impressive WebOS, makes these two tablets with serious credentials.
But is there enough about the tablet duo to be considered more than just iPad 2 alternatives? We see how the three tablets shape up against each other to find out.
See below for look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 versus Apple iPad 2 versus HP TouchPad.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 | Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review
Pricing: Wi-fi only: £399 (16GB).
Design and Build: Lighter and slimmer than the Apple iPad 2 and HP TouchPad, but the Tab’s plastic back makes it feel more vulnerable.
Screen: The 10.1-inch, 1280x800 WXGA screen is slightly bigger and higher-res than the iPad 2. Very tasty.
Processor: The Nvidia Tegra 2 chip gives gamer-grade graphics, though the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t feel faster than the others overall.
Interface: Android 3.1 delivers fast navigation with Samsung’s interface making it extra slick.
Connectivity: No video out, USB or SD card slot, but Bluetooth 3.0 and N Wi-Fi are present; 3G to follow.
Camera: A three-meg rear camera with 720p video, with an added VGA front camera for Google Talk video calls.
Extras: Samsung’s Social Hub and Music Hub make for a smooth user experience.
T3 Verdict: The best Samsung Tab so far. Actually what the hell, we’ll say it: the best Android tablet so far, full-stop. It’s no iPad 2-smasher, though…
T3 Star rating: 4 out of 5
Apple iPad 2 I Apple iPad 2 review
Pricing: Wi-fi only: £399 (16GB), £499 (32GB), £579 (64GB) 3G adds £100 to price.
Design and Build: More powerful than the original iPad yet slimmer than the iPhone 4 at 8.8mm – where does it fit it all?
Screen: The 9.7-inch multi-touch display has a 1024x768 resolution that just about shades the HP’s.
Processor: The iPad 2’s dualcore 1GHz A5 chip is powerful enough to run decent games and high-powered apps.
Interface: Apple’s iOS 4 is the best there is. The upcoming iOS 5 promises even better things.
Connectivity: Same as the Tab but adds video out via an adaptor and AirPlay media streaming.
Camera: The rear camera shoots middling 720p video and poor stills. Up front there’s a VGA cam for video chat.
Extras: App Store is still well ahead of Android Market and makes HP’s apps look inadequate.
T3 Verdict: The Cupertino wonderslate is still the finest tablet you can buy, boasting the optimum combo of specs, apps, OS, price and overall allure.
T3 Star rating: 5 out of 5
HP TouchPad I HP TouchPad review
Pricing: Wi-fi only: £399 (16GB), £479 (32GB)
Design and Build: The HP TouchPad feels robust and designed to last, even if it’s a little slippy and looks pretty ugly in this company
Screen: Same size and res as the iPad 2 and another excellent screen. There’s little to choose between these three
Processor: The TouchPad’s 1.2GHz dualcore Snapdragon processor takes multitasking in its stride
Interface: HP’s webOS is a smooth and intuitive interface, with apps and tasks displayed as cards
Connectivity: The same as the Tab, but we’re still awaiting the 3G versions after two months
Camera: No rear camera here, just a 1.3-meg/VGA front-facing camera for Skype video calls and scratchy little stills
Extras: HP’s Touchstone dock, £47, charges the TouchPad wirelessly. Clever
T3 Verdict: A very good first tablet from HP, this is slick, intuitive and powerful. The only problem is a near absence of apps but that might change (maybe)
T3 Star rating: 4 out of 5