Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs Apple iPad 2 

Released December, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.1
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
7.6 Out of 10
Strangely, the lightweight design also means the tablet's a great ebook reader as well.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
Released March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
7.8 Out of 10
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 8.9 vs 2


Processing power and speed

Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

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Apple iPad 2 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab 8.9 vs iPad 2

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 2

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy Tab 8.9
2,160 ms
iPad 2
1,808 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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Supported card formats microSD, microSDHC vs None Supports supported card formats
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 3.1) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Lighter 447 g vs 589 g Around 25% lighter
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 3.1) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Higher resolution rear camera 3.15 MP vs 0.92 MP Around 3.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Sharper screen 169 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution front camera 1.92 MP vs 0.3 MP Around 6.5x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Dec, 2011 vs Mar, 2011 Release date 9 months later
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
Front view of Apple iPad 2

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Apple iPad 2

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Faster javascript execution 1,808 ms vs 2,160 ms More than 15% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Slightly longer battery life 10 hour vs 9 hour More than 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 8.9" Around 10% bigger screen

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs iPad 2 

The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad 2

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
iPad 2 
Size 8.9" 9.7"
Technology PLS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 169 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope No Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
iPad 2 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.92 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 3.15 MP 0.92 MP


USB support USB 2.0 None
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 447 g 589 g
Size 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 9 hour 10 hour
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
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