updated 07:20 pm EST, Wed March 7, 2012
Samsung struggles to make Note 10.1 vs iPad look
Samsung had an immediate reaction to the new iPad where it crafted a skewed comparison between Apple's new hardware and the Galaxy Note 10.1. The argument contends that Samsung's tablet is better primarily because it has native pen input, which would let it draw, edit photos, and write with a pressure-sensitive pen. "Popular" demand for aftermarket iPad pens at Amazon was portrayed as a sign users wanted the feature, Samsung said.
The Korean firm went on to argue that the Note 10.1 could use two apps side-by-side, although it had to admit that it required explicit support for simultaneous viewing support that's absent in nearly every Android app.
Only a handful of less ambiguous advantages were mentioned in the comparison, such as the thinner and lighter body, USB mouse support, a microSDHC slot, and an IR port for home theater. The IR is somewhat undermined by the growing number of apps to remote-control home theaters over Wi-Fi, including Samsung's own remote app for iOS.
While it was to be expected, the side-by-side look conspicuously sidestepped those areas where the Galaxy Note 10.1 was well behind its Apple counterpart. At 2048x1536, the new iPad has almost exactly three times the display resolution of the Android device. The A5X processor should be faster overall, and Apple can now tout a superior rear camera, a feature that had once been pitched as a selling point for Galaxy Tabs.
Of all advantages, Apple may have won simply through availability. Of the two, it's currently the only one that can claim to be shipping its product to stores, while Samsung has been vague as to when the Note 10.1 might show.