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Side by Side

Side by Side
by Gary Woods

There have been a lot of companies working on Tablets to compete with Apple's iPad but the first one I've seen is the Galaxy Tab so I thought I'd do a little comparison. The Galaxy runs on Google's Droid platform and is 7 inches compared to the 9.7 inches of the iPad. The screen resolution is 1024 by 600 compared to the 1024 by 768 of the iPad and they both run on a 1 GHz processor.

The internal storage for the Galaxy is either 16 or 32 GB compared to the 16, 32 and 64 option with the iPad but the Galaxy will have some sort USB connectivity. The internal memory is 512 MB on the Galaxy compared to 256 MB for the iPad and there are 2 cameras on the Galaxy while the iPad has none.

Currently the iPad uses only AT&T as a cellular carrier while the Galaxy can use AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless and because of the smaller screen the Galaxy tips the scales at just 0.84 pounds compared to the 1.6 pounds of the iPad.

To access the data on the Galaxy you hook up a cable and it shows up in My Computer as a drive allowing you to browse the device and drag and drop files. Some interesting features on the Galaxy are "Tethering" which allows you to use the cellular service on the pad to connect to your laptop computer for nothing. Also, the unit supports Flash while the iPad doesn't.

The Galaxy also has full multi-tasking compared to the fast app switching on the iPad and the Galaxy battery can be user replaced whereas the iPad's battery can only be replaced by an Apple technician.

Finally the App support for the iPad is through the huge Apple App Store now with over 200,000 apps whereas the Galaxy uses the Android Market but because it's open source you can find other applications outside that Market.

Okay, there you go the first iPad challenger but definitely not the last.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc