Galaxy Tab LCD beats iPad 2 in viewing comparisons (spoiler: just barely)

Galaxy Tab LCD beats iPad 2 in viewing comparisons (spoiler: just barely)

Summary: DisplayMate performed in-depth lab and viewing tests of the iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, Asus Transformer, Acer Iconia, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- and the results may surprise you.

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The LCD display panel in a tablet computer is the single most expensive and important hardware component because it determines the quality of the visual experience for every application it runs. DisplayMate Technologies Corporation's Ray Soneira performed in-depth lab and viewing test comparisons of the iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, Asus Transformer, Acer Iconia, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- and the results may surprise you.

And the winner is...

While the iPad 2 display easily outperformed all of the previous Android Tablets, with the new Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has delivered the first Android Tablet with an impressive, potentially outstanding display, but then ruined it by turning up the color level to obnoxious levels – apparently in an effort to overcompensate and blatantly standout from the other mobile LCD displays that have subdued color. But in the case of color, too little is a lot better than too much…

As a result the iPad 2 still delivers the best color picture quality and accuracy of all of the Tablets, even though its colors are somewhat subdued. As things stand, based on all of the display tests, the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 are reasonably close in performance in most categories, so it’s almost a tie, but the Galaxy Tab is ahead more often than the iPad 2, so the Galaxy Tab is the Winner, by a nose…

Although the results skew ever so slightly toward the Galaxy Tab, it's unlikely that any of the current crop of tablets would be able to beat an iPad 3 packing a Retina Display (as has been rumored) but we'll have to reserve judgement until the new iPad ships -- possible as soon as this Fall.

Read the rest of the tablet LCD shootout for the full results and conclusions.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Mobility, Samsung

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  • Contradictions...

    "As a result the iPad 2 still delivers the best color picture quality and accuracy of all of the Tablets"

    followed by...

    "but the Galaxy Tab is ahead more often than the iPad 2, so the Galaxy Tab is the Winner, by a nose?"

    ...all in the same paragraph. Which simply means, slightly more untrained individuals chose the less accurate and over saturated display. Umm... okay...

    So, what's the result of all this... Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 sucks less than other Android tablets. I thought most people already knew that.
    techconc
    • RE: Galaxy Tab LCD beats iPad 2 in viewing comparisons (spoiler: just barely)

      @techconc
      No, just means than in a number of categories the TAB scored better, but in two categories the iPad scored better.

      Nothing contradictory there at all.

      For example, if there were 10 categories, and color quality and accuracy were two of the categories, then the iPad could outscore the tab here, but not in the other 8 categories.

      Not a difficult concept.
      woot!
  • RE: Galaxy Tab LCD beats iPad 2 in viewing comparisons (spoiler: just barely)

    The IPad outshone the Galaxy in the battery versus brightness test with a much better score. Might have been useful to apply a weighting factor to reflect the overall experience.
    jamesbeveridge
  • RE: Galaxy Tab LCD beats iPad 2 in viewing comparisons (spoiler: just barely)

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