What Is Samsung's Equivalent to the IPad?

By Andrew Tennyson

On a tablet, you can select programs with your fingers.
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Apple’s iPad was far and away the highest-selling tablet computer in the United States in early 2012, according to The Washington Post. Despite its dominance in the market, there are a number of alternatives to iPad, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7.7, two devices sold by Samsung. Both devices run on the Google Android 4.0 operating system. Like the iPad, both tablets feature touch screen displays, digital cameras, Wi-Fi and cellular capabilities.

Size and Battery Life

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 measures 10.1 inches tall, 6.9 inches wide and 0.38 inches thick. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is smaller, measuring 7.7 inches tall, 5.24 inches wide and 0.31 inches thick. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs approximately 20.7 ounces, compared to 11.8 ounces for the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Lithium-ion batteries provide onboard power to both devices. The Tab 10.1 has a 7,000-mAh battery, while the Tab 7.7 has a 5,100-mAh battery.

Multimedia Features

Like the iPad, both Galaxy Tab devices have capacitive touchscreen displays. The Tab 10.1 features a 10.1-inch display, while the Tab 7.7 has a 7.7-inch display. Both have resolutions of 1,280 by 800 pixels, multi-touch support and light sensors. The Tab 10.1 has a proximity sensor, while the Tab 7.7 does not. Both devices have three-megapixel primary cameras with 720p video capture capabilities. Both also have secondary cameras for video calling. Because both tablets run on the Google Android operating system, they have access to the Google Play store, through which they can download applications, games and a variety of other apps.

Storage, Processors, Memory

Both Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets are available with up to 64GB of onboard storage space. Unlike the iPad, both Samsung tablets also have microSD memory card expansion slots compatible with cards up to 32GB in size, bringing total potential storage space to 96GB on both devices. Samsung outfits the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a 1-GHz dual-core processor, while the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a slightly faster, 1.4-GHz dual-core processor. Both tablets have 1GB of RAM.


Like the iPad, Samsung sells Wi-Fi and cellular versions of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7.7. Cellular versions are compatible with 3G and 4G networks. Both tablets have Bluetooth functionality, GPS capabilities and Internet browsing support. Both devices can also connect to computers via included USB 2.0 cables.