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Apple iPad 2 Tablet eBook Reader Review

The iPad 2 is lighter and faster than the original.

March 11, 2011
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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Device & Specs

The Android Vs Apple war is the biggest skirmish of the tech wars at the moment, with both camps promoting their innovations as the way forward. And that's good for users, with both platforms focusing on making their products better and easier to use. But they remains quite different, with the iPad 2 providing the easier to use, more polished user experience, and the Android powered Samsung Tab providing more features and openness. We'd recommend that novice and nervous users go for the iPad, while tech experts will fee more at home with the Android Samsung Tab

Screen

Both devices use LCD screens, but the iPad screen is brighter and significantly larger. This does give it a more natural feel when reading books or watching video, but it comes at a cost: we found shorter battery life on the original iPad when playing a video. We'll update our review with the results from teh iPad 2 when our tests are run.

Battery

We are still testing the battery life of the iPad 2, but it was a pretty even battle between the two in our tests on the Galaxy Tab and the original iPad, we found that the two were quite evenly matched, with similar battery lives of a few hours when reading an eBook and playing video. Both were blown out of the water with the eBook reading by the Kindle, though, which we estimate would keep filling the pages for over 16 days.

Internet

Both devices offer a great Internet experience, with good email support and excellent web browsers. The iPad has the larger number of apps available, but the Galaxy Tab has the wider range, with apps available that replace the original browser and email functions: something that Apple does not allow.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad Wi-Fi (16 GB) Comparison
  11. Samsung Galaxy Tab (T-Mobile) Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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