Is the iPad 2 Old Tech Already?

March 23, 2011

This morning at CTIA 2011, Samsung brought us a revised Galaxy Tab 10.1″ that has beat out the iPad 2 in its thinness and light weight specs. This of course brings to question how long does your tech stay current these days? I remember when I bought my myTouch 4G in December, it was already old tech and had been passed up weeks before. But how old is the iPad 2? It was announced 20 days ago and already another manufacturer has announced a tablet that trumps it in every category except app count. I know, I know. Whenever I point something like this out I get a lot of comments that its not about hardware specs and its about the overall experience with Apple products. But that’s like an unattractive person saying beauty is only skin deep, or a person who has a product with poor specs saying specs don’t matter. Either way, let’s check out what the Galaxy Tab 10.1″ is bringing to the table.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 101. Specs

  • HSDPA 21Mbp/s
  • 10.09 x 6.81 x 0.34″ or 256.2 x 172.9 x 8.6mm thick
  • 10.10″ 1280 x 800 display
  • Dual Core 1000mhz processor
  • WIFI 802.11n, 11g, 11b, or 11a connectivity
  • 3.0 mp rear camera with with LED flash
  • 1080p HD or 720p HD video
  • 2.0 mp front facing camera
  • 16GB / 32GB / 64GB options
  • microSD slot
  • 6800 mAh battery

So lets go over this – not only is the revised Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 thinner and lighter than the iPad2, it has also a bigger, higher resolution display, and a higher resolution rear facing camera at 3.0mp with flash. The option of being able to to shoot video in 1080p or 720p vs the iPad2′s 720p only, coupled with a 2.0 mp front facing camera vs the iPad2′s VGA shooter further make it a more compelling choice. Plus, it has the option of having a microSD slot on top of the same size internal memory options as the iPad2. If you’re a tech loving person like me, where is the comparison?

Now, this tablet sounds awesome and I just dont know how I can say no to this thing. I’ve been eyeing different Android tablets to find a MUST HAVE new tablet. Honestly, until today I dont think one had been announced that would tear my $299 Archos 101 from my hands. Only because at $299 its bang for the buck is out of the roof. But this just might be a home run that I cannot pass up for $499 as a 16GB Wifi only.  The only other announced tablet that could possibly steal me away from the GT 10.1″ is the Galaxy Tab 8.9″ and only cus its $469.

What do you guys think? GT 10.1″ or GT 8.9″? Or is the iPad 2′s dated technology still the way to go?

Comments

  • midtoad

    Outdated technology? Really? The Samsung 10″ tablet is the same thickness and weight as the iPad2, +/- 1%. That hardly makes the iPad outdated. Nor is the slightly higher resolution necessarily better for anything other than watching video, since that 16:9 wide screen becomes a narrow screen in portrait mode – unlike the iPad’s more conventional 4:3 aspect ratio.

    Don’t get me wrong – I recently sold an iPad because I want an Android tablet instead – but the Samsung tabs are just vapour at this point in time, unlike the widely available iPad. Most of the Android tabs that have been “announced” are still not to be seen in the marketplace.

    I think the iPad has a long future ahead of it, and will continue to lead the market in sales. Meanwhile, other manufacturers sadly continue to re-jig the tablets that they still haven’t produced, continually trying to catch up with Apple but never actually putting their money where their mouths are by bringing them to the customer. Notable exceptions: Motorola with its Xoom, and Samsung with its original Galaxy Tab (which has now fizzled).

  • Michael Sena

    Midtoad,

    Apple’s sole commitment is to make as much money as possible. The profit margins on their products are absolutely ridiculous. They never produce cutting edge tech, and they lock down the hardware they do produce so they can continue to bilk and bleed their customer’s wallets for years to come.

    I, for one, immediately look down on anyone that owns an iPhone or iPad, and see them as having some sort of intellectual deficiency. Freedom is too much for a sheep, for it will starve trying to graze.

    Apple is going to get its ass handed to them this year. Companies like Samsung, HTC, Asus and others are going to out-innovate them and produce way higher specced tablets with cooler, more innovative form factors. Sure, they won’t make as much money as Apple, but they will please there customers.

    Remember, even Prison can be beautiful if that’s the only thing you know.

    • Bob Brunk

      I agree. And let us not forget, the real comparison, if all things are relatively equal (as in this case) it’s all about the operating system, right? I would go further, that the OS is more important, but I think you get the idea.

      • huh?

        HAHA – First the Windows guys hated Apple now the Android guys hate them. You guys should keep quite and let the technology speak for it’s self. I have an Android phone my wife has an iPhone… Now we are looking for a tablet. I want to get an Android tablet… but with all this “stupid” talk I may be swayed the other way. You know why??? Because when you’re inferior all you can do is bad mouth the other guy. I Came to this site for insightful dialect not biased ramblings.

        • chill!

          They all hate each other.. Apple fanboys always bitch about inferior android and talk about Steve Jobs like some god. The fact is they are all out to make more money! (Although Apple have great marketing and therefore are out to make even more money!!)
          Apple IOS is nice and easy to use and is established. Android is becoming more established and even though it doesnt have the apps at the moment (which Jobs rightly pointed out recently), with the number of manufacturers jumping in to make android tabs that is going to change. I saw a forecast showing android would lead the market in tablets by 2013.
          So right now, I think in terms of software Ipad would probably be the way to go.. but for tech it would be android. My preference is for an android tab. I was umming and ahhing between the Samsung 10.1 which is a way off and the Ipad 2 but now I am leaning towards the Asus eee pad transformer. It is available soon and is comparable to both at a good price. I cant be arsed to wait for the Samsung.. I mean in a year or 2 the Tegra 3 or 4 will be out and will make these look like zx spectrums by comparison.. and the ipad 2 is under supplied and I dont like the way Apple behave and do not really feel the ipad 2 is value for money anyway.. Any thoughts on the eeepad? Like huh? I would prefer balanced opinions…

  • anon

    The cameras and lack of stock android are disappointments. Weight and thickness are awesome. Unless someone announces something comparable soon, I’m going to have to give my money to Samsung.

  • Filip

    If the 8.9″ would be available tomorrow, I’d buy immediately but all the recent announcements ….. it are just announcements.
    Until someone actually decides to start selling their honeycomb tablets, ipad has the market to itself… (yes, I know the Xoom is available in the US here in Europe not)

  • Steve

    Don’t you idiots understand nobody buys apple products for the specs? Look in the mirror. Why did you buy those I’ll fitting ugly cloths you are wearing? Branding, marketing and illusion!

  • bpresles

    A technology is outdated when a new better technology comes out. The Samsung tablets are not out before the 8th of JUNE!!! The iPad 2 is available TODAY!

    So for now, the iPad 2 IS not outdated, it may be outdated when the Samsung’s tablets are out, at least in the hardware point of view, but until then it’s clearly not the case.

    Also a new technology that isn’t even half as useful as an old one, can be better in theory, it’s a lot less useful practically, and the fact that Android doesn’t have very much apps available for the tablet format, makes the Android tablets not very appealing compared to iPad for now (even compared to iPad 1!). The iPad have thousands apps and some revolutionary ones, like the one for the music industry, that are use professionally by numerous professionals and have become a key part for their work. For now, for those who really use and need a tablet and that the iPad have app that can improve significantly their work, then their chance will be quickly made, even though there would be tablets with better hardware than the iPad, as soon as they can’t do what they need to do with them, they won’t consider it.

    There have been numerous better technologies then the most used in the past, like Linux or BeOS for OSes or Amiga and Atari for computers, but they didn’t have the success they deserved, because they are not enoughly supported (BeOS and Linux) or didn’t have the right marketing startegy (Atari and Amiga, that had the image of game oriented computers while they could do a lot more and even had a GUI with icons and mouse long before PCs (but not before Mac) and multitasking for AmigaOS long before all other mainstream OSes), but Windows and PCs where the one the most supported and so with the best software offering, which made them the leader in the market.

    The key part is always software, the hardware is negligeable. PCs where the WORST hardware on their time (no sound card, poor graphic cards, worse CPUs), but they won the desktop PC war, because of software support by 3rd parties (particularly in the business world).

  • Allen

    I hate apple’s OS’s, but i’d probably have to go with an iPad2 because all the android tablets have that awful 16:9 aspect ratio which is idiotic for web browsing

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R7PNRLS4XEEHKRTUNWDZSMZDRA Grim!

    my xoom wifi is still a lot cheaper then ipads.

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