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Battery: iPad 2 has longer battery life, according to blog reports on All Things D and The Verge; that said, they agree Tab 10.1 will run for a day if charged at night.
Weight: Tab weighs1.25 pounds while iPad 2 weighs 1.33 pounds. Difference may not be discernible.
Camera: Both have front and rear facing cameras and video cam capability.
Operating system: Tab uses Android 3.1 “Honeycomb”; iPad uses iOS.
Service plans: iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1 can each be purchased with or without a data plan, and US data plan costs are equal for the two devices; Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T offer data plans for both.
Apps: There are over 90,000 iPad apps plus around half a million apps designed for iPhone that run on iPad. There are fewer Android apps. The total number of Android phone apps is “over 200,000” according to market.Android.com; the number of Android tablet apps is not readily available at this time.
Conclusion: Apple defined a whole new market with iPad and Samsung was its first serious competitor late in 2010 with the 7 inch Galaxy Tab. Now both companies have improved their products. Given the same price point, we’d choose iPad, because of Apple’s reputation for reliability and for standing behind their products — in the unlikely event the iPad fails, the Apple Store will probably replace it for free. However, as Android tablet prices decrease they’ll reach a point where the savings justify buying Android. Recommendation: Decide what you’ll do with your tablet and see which screen size and set of apps is best for you.
Where to buy: The iPad is available in the 2 Cleveland area Apple stores at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst and at Crocker Park in Westlake. The iPad is also at Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Verizon stores and AT&T stores. Samsung Galaxy Tab is available at Best Buy, Target, Office Max, Verizon stores, AT&T stores, and Sprint stores throughout Cleveland and north east Ohio. Galaxy Tab is also available at OfficeMax stores including Cleveland Heights, Garfield Heights, Mayfield Heights, Middleburg Heights, Warrensville Heights, Solon, Willoughby Hills, Parma, Rocky River, Strongsville, Westlake and North Olmsted.
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