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Apple CEO Steve Jobs set the bar on March 2, when he unveiled the stunningly thin (8.8 mm) iPad 2. Not to be outdone, Samsung re-crafted its Galaxy Tab 10.1, which it had just launched a month earlier at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Samsung's original 10-inch Android tablet, with its grippable frame, is now only 8.6 mm thin. Or so says Samsung.

But something is awry, because the iPad 2 is still slimmer by a few hairs. I don't carry calipers, but I do have a camera!

Casual observers at the CTIA show in Orlando, Fla., this week didn't notice, and neither will buyers. Both tablets are incredibly light and small. Samsung even announced an 8.9-inch display version. With the first Galaxy Tab's display measuring seven inches, Samsung's story is clever and simple: 7, 8.9, 10. The message: Not only are Samsung's tablets just as thin and light as the iPad 2, but they're also just as powerful, their cameras are better, and they come in a variety of sizes. Take that, Apple.

Samsung wouldn't let us turn on the new tablets, leading to some speculation that they aren't exactly real ("prototypes," Samsung called them), what with the June 8 target for the 10.1 and summer for the 8.9-inch version. A Samsung spokesman told me that the tablet's Weight Watchers program began between Mobile World Congress and now ... but one might narrow that timeframe to the weeks after the March 2 unveiling of the iPad 2. A complete hardware redesign in less than one month might be a bit much, even for a prolific company like Samsung. No matter. June 8 is the watch date.

One company tosses a javelin, the next tosses it farther. This might just get fun if it weren't so maddeningly difficult to keep up. Let's review the competition so far.

The latest one-upmanship centers on size. While I don't care whether the iPad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a couple of sheets of paper thinner than the other, that Samsung would go through such a redesign so quickly shows what's at stake here. Samsung's spokesman said the company doesn't enter a market where it doesn't intend to be No. 1. In response to the pictures directly below (the iPad 2 is the device on the left), there was really no official Samsung response other than to say that the specifications are 8.6 mm. He was at a loss for words. I'll bring my calipers on June 8; meantime, these pictures will have to suffice, at least for those who care about these quibbles.

Plenty more at source.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/...leID=229400221
 
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They're both under 10mm, so yeah who cares which is thinner.

I'd rather have a tablet that was 15mm thick and actually have some useful features, like usb on the go.
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...like usb on the go.
For what?
 
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For what?
memory sticks? thats what i tend to use the USB ports on my computers
    
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They're both under 10mm, so yeah who cares which is thinner.

I'd rather have a tablet that was 15mm thick and actually have some useful features, like usb on the go.
And Flash support..
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And Flash support..
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memory sticks? thats what i tend to use the USB ports on my computers
Things I thought I would have wanted as well until I started using one. Then I realized how little I actually need either in a tablet.
 
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And Flash support..
Just look at the xoom with flash enabled in the browser, it is HORRIBLE.

Even if the xoom has great specs flash is just horrible on tablets and smartphones. I have a captivate and flash works but it's just not fluid and it makes the whole browser REALLY slow.
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anything is better than an apple product
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That's likely the original 10.1 they were demoing TouchWiz UX on...
    
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For what?
what CAN'T you do with usb?!!?!?

you sir just asked a stupid question.
    
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