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Samsung pairs up against iPad with 10.1" Galaxy tablet

Samsung already boasts of having the most successful Android tablet on the market with its 7-inch Galaxy Tab and now the Korean manufacturer is coming after the iPad with its recently announced Galaxy Tab 10.1. As the name implies, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a 10-inch (1280x800) tablet with a dual-core 1 GHz Orion processor from Samsung and 16 or 32 GB of storage. The tablet also includes a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080P recording and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera. Powered by Android 3.0 honeycomb, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can connect wirelessly via WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and HSPA+ at speeds up to 21 Mbps.

If you remove the operating system from the equation, the hardware specs on this upcoming tablet exceed that of the current generation iPad. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola XOOM include dual-cameras, a dual-core processor, and in some cases 1080P video recording and playback. Hardware is only part of the equation, though, and iOS offers many advantages over Android 3.0, not the least of which is an app store filled with applications designed specifically for Apple's tablet device.

Of course, we would be remiss if we did not mention the rumored Apple iPad 2 in this tablet comparison. The next generation iPad is expected to be announced in the upcoming months and its hardware specs may up the ante for tablets devices once again. If you had a US$1000 to burn, what would you do? Grab one of these hot, new Android tablets or wait for Apple to trump them all with the iPad 2?

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