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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. Sony Tablet S: Prizefight
Prizefight: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. Sony Tablet S4:48 /
It's a Prizefight punchout between top-notch Android tablets that are tweaking out Honeycomb. Will Samsung's Galaxy Tab skinny body beat out the curvier frame of the Sony Tablet S? Find out.
What's up Price Five fans. I'm Brian Tong, and we're bringing you a nasty blood bath into a 2 Dual-Core top contending tablets. It's a Price Five punch out with Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi versus Sony's Tablet S. Now, our judges for this fight, our Senior Editor, Donald, Tablet Tinker, Bell; Senior Editor, Eric, Take It To The Back, Franklin; and myself, Brian Tong. Now, we'll take all 3 judges' blink scores and add them out to the nearest tenth each round. The final Price Five score will be an average of all rounds using the same decimal system. It's 6 rounds to the finish. Round 1 is Design. Samsung brings the cookie-cutter tablet design we're used to see. It has an amazing screen that pops, and if you want one of the thinnest tablets on the market, you'll be a happy camper here. Now, Sony's Tablet S is a bold design that strays from convention with its rolled back magazine design, and it works. Although, we wish it was thinner, it's light, easy to hold, and stands out from the crowd. Sony's Tablet S takes round 1 with a 4 and the Galaxy 10.1 gets a 3.3. Next round is Controls and User Interface. Samsung brings the TouchWiz interface here and it adds some cool new features like a Spring-Capture button directly accessible on-screen redesigned for Android services and quick access to a few utility apps, but its bright and bubbly feel takes away from the elegance, and TouchWiz feels a little cartoonish at times. Now, Sony brings a few customizations of their own on Android with a Favorites dropdown to quickly access content you can customize. Moving apps to the top for quick access creates more space and it brings a more sleek grown-up design to a honeycomb. Sony takes round 2 with a 4 and Samsung gets a 3.3. So, after 2 rounds, Sony leads by 7 tenths of a point. Round 3 is Features. Both tablets have front-facing and rear cameras, but the Galaxy Tab is so thin that there's not much room for anything else. There's additional adaptors for HDMI out and media cards, but its screen is arguably, it's the best hardware feature. The Sony Tablet S has a thicker design and you'll get a full-sized SD card slot and a USB port, but its killer feature is its built-in universal remote functionality and its DLNA compatibility for media streaming. Sony takes another round with 3.7 and the Tab gets a 2.7. Next round is Web Browsing and Multimedia. Samsung's larger 10.1-inch screen really enhances the overall web and multimedia experience, and you also have access to their media host for music, movies and TV shows, plus it's rear camera is 8 megapixels and it takes excellent quality images. Now, Sony's 9.4 screen is still draped. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and it brings innovation to the web browser with its quick view option for faster page rendering. It has a [unk] keyboard of its own, plus Sony Suite, a media apps for TV shows, movies, and music, and gaming with their PlayStation brand brings content that will support the platform. So, guess, who takes round 4? Yup. It's Sony again with a 4 and Samsung gets a 3.7. So, after averaging 4 rounds, Sony still has a solid lead. Next round is Performance. Both tablets are snappy performers running 1 gigaHertz Dual-Core, ARM Cortex-A9 processors and you won't feel a speed advantage between one or the other. The Galaxy Tab brings its vibrant screen and the battery life around 9 hours compared to Sony's solid screen with about an 8-hour battery life. The differences aren't huge here, but Samsung finally takes this round with a 4 and Sony gets a 3.7. Now, we have 1 round left, and the final round that decides it all is Value. These 2 tablets start with 16-gig models at $499, and we all think these are sold devices, but that price tag just doesn't make sense in the current market if they wanna gain an attraction. Samsung has proven their commitment to the Android platform, so you'll get support from them. Sony is the underdog but their killer remote control feature and PlayStation port shows they're more serious to user content muscle if they wanna keep this platform alive. $499 is still a hard pill to swallow, but Sony just gets the edge in value with a 3.7 and Samsung gets a 3.3. So let's average out all the 6 rounds. And this was a battle where Sony just kept getting the edge over Samsung in 5 of the 6 rounds, taking this Price Five 3.9 to 3.4, and is your Price Five Winner. You're a little surprised, so were we, but Sony's innovation showed in its design interface and unique features that is bringing to the tablet war. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching. I'll catch you guys next time on another Price Five.