Can Samsung’s Revamped Tablet Compete With Apple?

In the world of tablet computers, few companies can stand up and compete with the juggernaut which is Apple.  Last year, with the release of the original iPad, Apple boasted an incredible 3 million units sold in just 80 days.  Samsung’s Galaxy tablet was far less successful.  Not only in terms of sales, but also the tablet itself.  Many annoyed users reported issues such as a slow, lagging browser experience, camera issues and more.  Even Samsung’s VP of their mobile division admitted that there were many inadequacies which needed to be fixed.

The new Galaxy tablet, version 10.1, is expected to be released early this June with new and improved features.  The tablet is already being compared to Apple’s iPad 2, which was just recently released.  Galaxy 10.1 will be both thinner and lighter than iPad 2, with a slightly larger touch screen.  In addition, Galaxy 10.1 will feature a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel camera on the front of the tablet; both cameras will be capable of shooting video in 1080p resolution.  The iPad 2, on the other hand, has a front and rear camera which are only capable of taking pictures in just under 1-megapixel and video in only 720p .

The iPad 2 will have two significant advantages over Galaxy 10.1.  The first, and most obvious, is Apple’s strong brand equity and the head start they already have in the tablet market.  The second is the sheer number of applications available to those who own the iPad (over 60,00o applications and growing) which is much higher than the Galaxy has to offer.

With the release date set for June 8, it is difficult to say how the Galaxy 10.1 will fare against the already popular iPad 2.  From what has been released regarding Galaxy 10.1, though, it seems Samsung’s new tablet will fare much better in the competition than their previous model did.