Recommended: iFixit’s Galaxy Tab Teardown

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Galaxy Tab and iPad size comparison

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is the first real ‘iPad rival’ tablet device to hit the market. It hasn’t been around for long, but the guys at iFixit have already got their hands on one, and given it their usual dissection treatment. As always, their teardown makes for interesting reading.

Some bits and pieces that caught my eye:

There’s a full gig of RAM, 128 MB of Samsung OneDRAM, and 384 MB of Mobile DDR within the same processor package, in addition to 16GB of SanDisk NAND flash storage. If you’re counting, that’s 1.5 GB of total RAM and RAM-like caches.

Sweet. I’d love to see the next iPad model pack in a lot more RAM than we currently have (a measly 256MB).

The 3.2 MP rear facing camera with an LED flash is a bit sub-par for a device of this caliber, seeing how much smaller devices (like the original Droid) are packed with 5 MP imagers.

Hmmm – it’s almost a given that the next iPad will have cameras. I wonder whether they’ll be better than this one.

Measuring 190.1 x 120.6 x 12.0 mm, the Galaxy Tab is significantly smaller than its competitor (the iPad measures in at 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4 mm). This allows the Tab to be held in one hand relatively easily, making it a good device for portable commercial applications.

You can see the size differences quite well in the photo at the top of this post.

Nearly half of the Galaxy Tab’s real estate is engulfed by the battery. Weighing in at 81 grams, the battery is about 55% the weight and 60% the capacity of the iPad’s battery. It’s also roughly half the size of the iPad’s battery.

Ouch. All that RAM is great, but I would not want to trade 40% less battery life for the extra memory. I only want more RAM if I can have the memory cake and not eat my battery life as well.

Although the resolution of the Galaxy Tab’s screen (1024×600) is less than the resolution of the iPad (1024 x 768), the Galaxy Tab has more pixels-per-inch (169 for Galaxy Tab vs 132 for the iPad). 169 ppi is nice, but nowhere near dense enough for us. We vastly prefer the iPhone 4’s 326 ppi retina display

This is another area where there’s a clear expectation that the next iPad will offer more.

If you’re interested in learning more about the iPad’s first real rival, the whole teardown is well worth a look. Check it out here:

Patrick Jordan

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