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Apple iPad 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

The world’s biggest tech giants are gearing up to do battle with each other this year, with Apple and Samsung manufacturers releasing their  most powerful tablet devices yet. At the moment, we’re excited about the two companies’ next tablets: iPad 3 and Galaxy Tab 2,which we should be seeing sooner.The Galaxy Tab 2 has become official and iPad 3 hasn’t been announced. But that’s the way it goes in the world of technology. So how do the iPad 3 and the Galaxy Tab 2 match up?

iPad 3 vs Galaxy Tab 2: Display

The Galaxy Tab 2 is topped with a 7-inch piece of capacitive PLS LCD touchscreen glass that clocks a 1024×600 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 170 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

If reports are true Apple has managed to up-scale its widely praised Retina display technology, typically found on the 3.5-inch iPhone range. This would mean a 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS or IPS + capacitive touchscreen at 2048×1536 pixels and would give a pixel density somewhere in the region. If so, Apple’s Retina technology should easily outclass Sumsung’s display.

iPad 3 vs Galaxy Tab 2:Processor

Rumours are currently conflicting over whether the iPad 3 will sport a quad core processor or not. Initially this was believed to be the case but more recently some corners are saying it will be dual core instead.

One other point of rumour surrounds the iPad 3’s GPU, which according to reports will boast 20 times the power of Apple’s A5 chipset setup found on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

Samsung’s upgrade for the original Galaxy Tab bumps things up from a single core to a dual core processor, though, it’s still clocked at 1GHz.

Samsung hasn’t revealed too many details at this stage but we’re guessing it will be an ARM Cortex-A9 affair based on the fact the first Galaxy Tab was a Cortex-A8 job.

iPad 3 vs Galaxy Tab 2:OS

The iPad 3 is expected to run version 5.1 of Apple’s own iOS operating system, while Samsung’s revamped Galaxy Tab runs the most recent Android release, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.

Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the most polished version of Android to date with some very intuitive tweaks to existing features from the previous build, Honeycomb 3.2.

The benefits that iOS 5.1 will bring to the iPad 3 are as of yet, unknown, but we expect it to feature one of the main draws of the iPhone 4S,Siri,for example.

iPad 3  vs Galaxy Tab 2:Camera

Cameras on both these devices aren’t the most spectacular you’ll encounter. The rumored iPad 3 has a 8-megapixel primary camera at 3264×2448 pixels and a VGA front-facer for Facetime video calling. Video capture is 1080p.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 is slightly better equipped with a 3.15-megapixel primary at 2048×1536 pixels and capable of 1080p video capture with geo-tagging and smile detection. The secondary camera is VGA.

iPad 3 vs Galaxy Tab 2:Connectivity

Apple is rumored to finally be releasing 4G LTE devices this year and it appears that it will start with the iPad 3. 4G LTE will offer data speeds of up to 10 times faster than normal 3G which means better streaming of content on-the-go.

Samsung currently has a 4G LTE tablet available on Verizon in the form of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but the Galaxy Tab 2 doesn’t figure to be one. Instead, it will be a 3G device that also features Wi-Fi.

Final Thoughts

For the most part these tablets are on a par. There are a couple of areas where each one excels, but in the end we think it boils down to which operating system you prefer and that’s a whole different ball game.

They will each deliver equally zippy performance and both look pretty good and while the screens on offer aren’t the best around they’ll get the job done.

If you want something smaller, more lightweight and portable with a highly customisable interface, go with the Galaxy Tab 2.

If you’re after something you can just pick up and run with in terms of the interface, stability and platform cohesion, or you want a larger expanse of screen real estate, you’re better off waiting until Apple makes its iPad 3 release.