“My God! It’s full of stars!” – Apple iPad 3 vs. Galaxy Tab 10.1 Display

To the competition I have some unfortunate news: drop what you're doing, call up Samsung and figure how in heck you're going to duplicate what Apple has done here with this beautiful display.

comparing the retina display
comparing the retina display
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (L) vs Apple iPad 3 (R)

If a Kubrick protege decides to shoot 2012: A Space Odyssey (tip: don’t do it), she should have a new iPad emerge from the earth. We, the monkeys, will dance around and throw bones at each other before downloading Flipboard. All hail the new Monolith! And, especially hail that Retina display. Because this is what the new iPad is all about. As an aside, we won’t be calling it “New” next year, trust me on that. So, yes, iPad 3 (or 2012).

What matters is that Retina display (2048 x 1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch). My god, yes, it’s full of stars. The resolution is so keen, so crisp that it behooves the imagination.

To the competition I have some unfortunate news: drop what you’re doing, call up Samsung and figure how in heck you’re going to duplicate what Apple has done here with this beautiful display. Admittedly, it’s hard to tell from these photos. I have much to learn about capturing screen shots with my trusty EOS 60D.

It must be brutal to be an Android tablet. As much as I dig the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, it has nothing on the iPad (2 or New or otherwise). The display on the Tab (1280 x800 at 149 ppi) still managed to impress me, even when compared side-by-side to the new iPad. Ultimately it’s not in the same league, but we’re comparing it to something brand new, fresh out of Shenzhen, Mike Daisy’s favorite place.

We can talk about apps, user interfaces, and aesthetics until we’re blue in the face – and, on all counts, those go to Apple.

The big deal is surely the display. So much so that I’m willing to overlook iPad’s — gasp — slight increase in heft, a shocking blow to every tech law known to mankind.

I’m not so sure that we need e-Readers anymore. I was quite content reading on the iPad 2; with Retina even more so now. Yes, Apple has figured out how you can have your cake and eat it too. As a bonus to Apple shareholders, they’re also eating up the competition. In 2016, I don’t buy it IDC: Apple will still dominate the tablet market.

New iPad
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (L) vs. Apple iPad 3

On Naming

I wager a year from now we won’t be calling this the “New iPad.” – unless Cupertino has something up it’s sleeve… like a New New iPad.

In fact, on the Apple web site they refer to it as just “iPad.” Makes sense to me. For short: iPad 3. Or iPad 2012 – to be consistent with Apple’s historical product naming conventions. I’m not sure why all the fuss. I guess when it comes to naming babies, debates rage on.

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  • Syafiq

    “To the competition I have some unfortunate news: drop what you’re doing, call up Samsung and figure how in heck you’re going to duplicate what Apple has done here with this beautiful display.”

    You know, it’s funny that you said something like that…
    For your information, Samsung is the one who built the display that you so impressed. As a matter of fact, Samsung also built the A5X processor of the same device. And you keep telling us that no competitors would be able to beat this ipad 3 thing? Come on!

    SOURCE: http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2012/03/16/in-new-ipad-samsung-display-and-processor/

    By the way, you should at least see Samsung latest display technology called “Super AMOLED screen”. It looks unbelievably good! :-)

  • Yes that’s why I mention the competition should call up Samsung. Others will no doubt catch up. Right about when Apple unveils iPad 4 and leapfrogs again. 

    Funny enough – Retina aside – I still gravitate towards the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Google has trained me to hold the tablet in landscape mode. Plus notification and widgets on Honeycomb are still the best. Not to mention haptic feedback is something the iPad still doesn’t have!

  • Fmafioso

    I love my new iPad never do android again honeycomb sucks had the galaxy 10.1 and the 7 plus it just shows apple is more mature than its little brother android android to me is spec driven you got some tabs with honeycomb some now with 4.0 same as the phones apples ecosystem is more uniform I like the fact that when softwares released unless hardware wise your device can’t handle it you won’t be left out in the cold androids all about making you buy a new device so you can get the latest software is the htc evo getting ics no how bout the epic no and numerous other phones that came out with the iPhone 4 while the iPhone 4 got upgraded to the latest software shit even the 3 gs that’s why I have come to love apple not the greatest specs by far but they treat there customers and support em way better

  • Guest

    Buy an iPad3, it has a better display! Yay!!! For ppl who read their e-mail and read a couple of non graphic intensive articles and books, who gives a hoot? This is akin to the iPhone model ‘upgrades’… if you can call such pathetic changes in the techonoly an upgrade. Useless. Samsung has all but blown Apple out of the water in almost every device including the the new Galaxy S3 BEAST!!!!