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iPad vs Samsung 10.1
Anyone tried both?


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#1 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

Our desktop is on the way out so I thought instead of replacing it, we'd use the laptop instead and I'd just get a tablet.

I play a few games that are available on both, but also a couple of games that are on facebook.  I'm pretty sure I can't play these on the ipad, but does the Samsung have flash player?

I'd also like to use it for school (casual teacher) so I can put things up on interactive whiteboards. Do either of these connect well with smartboards?

I also sometimes watch catchup tv on the internet.  Do either of the tablets stream well?

I know the ipads play music, but what about the Samsung?  Can I use my itunes music on the Samsung? Does it transfer easily?

Also, how do I use the internet while I am away on holidays?

Thanks original.gif

Edited by ~*MESS*~, 29 December 2012 - 07:48 PM.


#2 FiveAus

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

I haven't tried both, got the iPad for Xmas and it's all kinds of wonderful.

To use it when away from home, I set my iPhone as a personal hot spot and the wireless connection on the iPad picks it up, connects and I'm good to go.
It uses the mobile phones data plan though, so if you do a lot of graphics intensive things, or download a lot, you'd need a decent plan. I just use Facebook, check out some forums and do online banking.

#3 Froyo

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

We have both an iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1. I prefer the Galaxy Tab.

#4 SummerStar

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:49 PM

I've used both, have an iPad but my son has the galaxy. I just find android unstable and less reliable. He is going to get an iPad mini next birthday and give the galaxy away.
You can stream from a pc/laptop onto both and you can add movies to both as well so really it's a matter of personal preference.

#5 WinterIsComing

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:57 PM

I hate tablets. For the life of me, I don't get how they got so popular!

The only thing they are good for is Internet browsing. Even emailing is cumbersome. Typing is a chore. At home, I only want to deal with a laptop!! I don't browse Internet in bed. And on rare occasions that I do, smartphone does the job.

I do use an Android and it crashes like there is no tomorrow.



#6 FiveAus

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:24 PM

Well, I love mine and I'm doing heaps more than browse the Internet, but that's also pretty cool on a tablet.
I gave up buying magazines years ago because of the amount of space they take up, now I can have as many as I want and they take up no space. And they are beautiful. Especially the Donna Hay ones.
Same with newspapers. The Age is so much easier to read on an iPad.
I've got the Kindle app, so I've loaded my latest Kindle book onto the iPad and if I find it comfortable for reading for long periods, i'll retire the Kindle.
I'm not much of a gamer but I've downloaded a couple of interesting ones to try out. They'd have to be more fun than on the iPhone.
I've checked out some TV series in the App Store and might buy some before my next trip away. Entertainment on the go.

I wish I'd got one ages ago, I am enjoying it so much, and finding so many uses for it.

#7 ~mummydear~

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:26 PM

I have an iPad and connect it to the whiteboard at school. It's not interactive via the board, but there is an app you can download that makes it interactive which I've been told works quite well. I haven't tried it cos I've found my class doesn't need it to be interactive specifically for things I've used it for. I do use it pretty much every day with my class though.

#8 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:34 PM

Thanks for the replies so far. Still confused lol. Shame I can't borrow one each of them to try out for a night.

I know I can get kobo on the ipad, just not sure about Samsung.


#9 tick

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:37 PM

iPads don't support flash but neither do the latest android tablets .... Last version of android to support flash was android 4.0 I think. Annoying because I really wanted a tablet that DD could play reading eggs on!

I recently got an iPad mini after weeks of android/iPad research. Each has pros and cons, so hard to choose .... But in the end iPad won out for me partially because it could sync with iTunes and my iPhone. Handy.

If you get a 3G tablet it'll connect to the internet anywhere, mine is wireless only, if I need Internet when out I use my iPhone as a wireless hotspot.

#10 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

thanks tick.  I have a feeling the Samsung is only wifi, so I'd need to buy a connector.


#11 tick

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:05 PM

QUOTE (~*MESS*~ @ 29/12/2012, 11:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
thanks tick.  I have a feeling the Samsung is only wifi, so I'd need to buy a connector.


If you've got an iphone you can turn on wireless hotspot and connect to it from any other device as if it were a wireless modem/router.  So you wouldn't need a connector.  Pretty sure the Galaxy does have 3G though ....

#12 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:07 PM

Thanks again.  Hotspot will do it original.gif


#13 Liadan

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:22 PM

I have the galaxy note 10.1 It never crashes (no idea where all these complaints about crashing come from)

I have no problems with typing on it, I am almost as fast on the tablet as I am on my laptop (I type at abut 70wpm on my laptop).

However, I have never used an ipad, so I can really compare.

When I purchased mine, I had the option of getting a wifi only, or a 3G model. I elected to go for wifi only, as I can use my phone as a hotspot. Works out a lot cheaper than having to get another simcard and a data plan for the tablet.

#14 Froyo

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:25 PM

The Galaxy comes in 3G as well as wifi models. Most smartphones can be used as hotspots, not just iphones wink.gif .

#15 Bluemakede

Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:36 PM

My dad has the Samsung (which I steal a lot), I found it fairly easy to use, the screen is really quite nice, and it's a little bit more customisable than the ipad. His hasn't crashed at all. It has wifi and 4G which often gets used as a hotspot for the laptops. We also use the mobiles for hotspot with it as well (android, Nokia and blackberry).

Both are nice, I find though the iPad is more suitable for those who know nothing about technology, as pretty much you unlock it and everything is just there, hard to screw up. But for me if/when I do buy a tablet it'll be an android one (I have an iPod touch, one iOS is enough for me).

#16 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:11 AM

Thanks again. Leaning more towards the galaxy, simply because I can multitask.  Whenever I actually learn how to do that wink.gif


#17 *purple*

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:29 AM

I was tossing up whether to get an Ipad or a Galaxy tab. I have a Galaxy S2 phone which I love (after owning an iphone), but ended up getting an ipad over a galaxy tab as the apps seem to be more reliable. Every time I download an android app on my phone it seems to come with extra crap that either crashes the phone or floods the notification bar with advertising. I then end up just un-installing the apps.

Android devices are more customisable than the Ipads and if you are use to android features, such as swype keyboard it will drive you crazy that the ipad doesn't have it (it drives me crazy anyway). I ended up buying a bluetooth keyboard for when I am doing lots of typing.

The galaxy tab also allows an expandable memory which may be something to consider. My ipad is 32gig  and I have to juggle the info on it as it's full most of the time (I download tv shows).

Ipads sync easily but there are work arounds for andriods if you want to sync your playlists (not sure about shows/movies etc).

If you are not to fussed about screen size, then definitely look at the ipad mini. It is much lighter and more portable than the bigger version.

#18 Pippa_2

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:36 AM

Getting things on an android tablet is super easy. Just plug it into your computer and drag things onto it. I much before my android tablet to my iPad - wireless is better, not restricted to iTunes ( which I hate). I don't think it has ever crashed...

#19 EFR

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

I have an ipad & my DH got a samsung galaxy last week. He is loving it but it doesn't seem to be as user friendly as the ipad. He finds the whole synching apps & music very fiddly. If you already have iTunes I think I would go for the ipad. I love mine original.gif

#20 SummerStar

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

I am very technically minded and enjoy using a variety of technology, for me personally it isnt that I cant use the android tablet but yes I agree its easier to use if you know your way around technology more so than wanting something that just works. I wouldnt recommend one to my mother for example.
As far as crashes are concerned. If people arent experiencing them it would be because they arent using that many apps or something. Alot of the apps on the play store are not overly stable on the multi platforms they have to work with and there are plenty of force closes and app crashes when using alot of them. Android and apps made for it have to work on many different phones/tablets or many different screen sizes and specs so each app wont work the same on everything. Nor is the whole os as stable because of this. This is one reason I went with ipad and that is because apple worry about only their products and the app environment is more controlled so there are alot less crashes and app closes. And even the apps like ebay, facebook etc that are on both platforms I dont find work as well on android, which has also been mentioned by a friend who develops android apps. But he always says "its not androids fault its the developers who make the apps" this may be true but I want a tablet or phone for the apps so if they arent stable, then in my eyes android isnt for me.
This doesnt bother some people, but I found it frustrating.

As far as multi tasking goes, I can do the same kind of "multi tasking" on both where apps remain opened and I can change to them. Though I dont think a tablet is a laptop or desktop replacement by any means but it is handy for around the house for anything not too intensive.
I found now Im home alot I use it but when I wasnt it pretty much lived in the drawer and I used my phone instead because it was smaller and easier to have on me.

Edited by SummerStar, 30 December 2012 - 08:17 AM.


#21 FiveAus

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:27 AM

I'm definitely technically minded, I worked as a computer technician for 10 years........building and repairing PC's, setting up small office networks and servicing larger networks.
Which is why I switched to a Mac a few years ago, and why I appreciate the simplicity, quality and reliability of the Apple products so much.



#22 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:53 AM

Thanks all for your replies.

Summerstar I think you may have just convinced me - I don't want to throw the tab through a window when I get annoyed with it.

My biggest gripe with the ipad though, was that there was no external memory and I did want to download movies and stuff for going away.  Add to that there is no way to connect an external drive either (I don't thing)!  I'll just have to juggle. Thanks again everyone.

#23 SummerStar

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:06 AM

I have the 64GB and have plenty of movies etc on it. Apparently there is a way you can use the camera connector set to connect a USB device but I've never tried it or looked into it.
I just briefly read something about it a while back.

#24 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:24 AM

Thanks SummerStar will look into that too original.gif

#25 SKP1972

Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:27 PM

Hi Mess

I have the Galaxy Tab and love it, not unstable at all, apps are no issue and I also have Kobo and ebooks on mine as well.

We have the 10.1 with 64gb and wifi and 3g.  I also use Handbrake to covert movies into a smaller format so have about 20 on at the moment and they take about 4 gig of space.

With the Galaxy you can connect with the usb using an adapter, but I prefer to just load the movies straight onto the tablet.

I prefer the Galaxy mainly because I don't have to use Itunes as I find it unstable as well, so I guess it is personal choice really. I just prefer the drag and drop ease of using the Galaxy.

Good luck with your choice



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