New iPad 3 with Retina Display, (Credit: Bangdoll / Creative Commons)
Amidst the ongoing worldwide patent infringement trial, the judge in the US court stated the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple's iPad were "virtually indistinguishable."
Judge Lucy Koh announced she's lifting the US ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the device which Apple demanded to get banned. While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned, the latest Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was released but not banned.
With the judge stating the devices looking the same, let's take a look at the features of the latest iPad 3 and latest Galaxy Tab if that holds true.
The iPad 3, the Wi-Fi and cellular model, has a length of 241.2mm, width of 185.7mm, and a depth of 9.4mm. In terms of weight, it is 662g.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a different length of 256.6.7mm, a width of 175.3mm, and a slightly larger depth of 9.7mm. The device does weigh less with 588g.
For the screen measurements, the iPad 3 has a large screen of 9.7-inches (diagonal) with Retina Display, 2048x1536 pixel resolution, and 264 pixels per inch (ppi).
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a screen size of 10.1-inches, 1280x800 pixel resolution, and about 149ppi.
The iPad 3 is available with an internal storage of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB with 1GB RAM. However, there is no microSD card slot.
The internal storage for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 include 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB with 1GB RAM. A microSD card is available for up to 32GB.
The battery capacity for the iPad 3 is 11,560mAh, while the Samsung device is 7,000 mAh.
When it comes to standby time, the iPad 3 can last up to 720 hours and a talk time of nine hours. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a standby time of 2,000 hours with up to 10 hours of talk time.
The iPad 3 uses the A5X dual-core processor. Apple refers to the processor as "custom-designed, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics."
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 uses a 1.0 GHz dual processor with Cortex-A9.
The iPad 3's rear-facing camera has five-megapixels with their iSight camera. The camera also have video recording of 1080p. The front-facing camera is the same as the predecessor iPad 2, with a FaceTime camera featuring VGA-quality photos and videos. VGA has a resolution of 640x480.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a rear-facing camera with three-megapixels, a resolution of 2048x1536. The front-facing camera is also with VGA, therefore a resolution of 640x480.
The iPad 3 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and the 4.0 version of Bluetooth.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 also has the Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, but has Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, and the 3.0 version of Bluetooth.
The iPad is available in the 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE networks. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has the same except no 4G LTE.
Operating System (OS):
The iPad 3's OS is the iOS 5.1, but can be upgraded to the latest iOS 6.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 uses the Android 4.0 OS, also known as the Ice Cream Sandwich.
What are others saying about the devices?
Know Your Mobile's Paul Briden said, "We never felt Samsung was putting its best foot forward with this half-hearted re-hash and Apple has proven as much by bringing out a new iPad which leaves it in the dust."
Chris Burns of Slash Gear noted, "Samsung didn't create the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to compete with the iPad, but the inevitable question that pops up in the mind of everyone considering a new tablet purchase does end up being that almost no matter what: do I want this, or do I want an iPad instead?"
He added if you compared the Samsung device to the iPad 3, "you'll never, ever be able to settle for the Galaxy Tab."