Apple’s iPad is facing stiffer and more plentiful competition every at present, with Android Honeycomb acting as a rather notable catalyst. There is little sense in denying that fact that Apple pioneered the tablet industry and came along to fill a gap in the market that really nobody even knew existed, but the question remains as to why no other manufacturer has been able to come up with the goods to offer a serious challenge? That being said, Samsung certainly won’t be letting go without a fight – launching two new versions of the Galaxy Tab into the battlefield.
The new 8.9 inch version, carrying the catchy title of the Tab 730, is aimed at those who favor portability while the 10.1 inch version is for those in need of a larger screen – both carry identical specs under the hood. One excellent achievement, albeit an absolutely tiny one, is the fact that both measure in even thinner than the iPad 2. Also, while potentially a factor to see many and iPhone enthusiast’s nose turn to the heavens, the extensive use of metal has been forgone in sake of lighter plastics.
The result in the 8.9 inch version weighing in at 470 grams and the larger version 565 grams – compared to he 607 grams of the 3G Wi-Fi version of the iPad. Of course, this may appear a small detail on paper but certainly makes a difference when holding the devices. Performance wise, both examples are truly epic, but Samsung may have made a fatal error when it comes to storage – offering only a single 16GB option that cannot be expanded.
Needless to say, those looking for bountiful storage may therefore take their cash elsewhere, resulting in the sleekest, lightest and most effortlessly powerful laptops we’ve seen so far still falling short of de-throning Apple for the time being at least.