Is the iPad 2 Old Tech Already?

March 23, 2011
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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┬ácategory┬áexcept 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. ┬áThe 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?

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