Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 VS Tecno Phantom Pad N9


Written by Oloruntobi Adebayo

Here’s the review of the
Tecno Pad N9 VS Samsung Galaxy Tab. Of course, some people say there are no
grounds for comparison, while many
more say there are. I believe and know
these two devices are worthy of
comparison because

1. They have the same target market
2. They have similar specifications

What greatly differs is the perception of
these two devices by the targeted
audience. With her market strategy of
making similar or better devices at much
lower prices (in some cases, less than half
the price), Tecno has succeeded in
shaking firmly the perception of
Samsung as the leading android device
manufacturer, and this is the most
prominent example so far.

The specs:

Features – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 900 / 2100 – GT-P3100 and
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – GT-P3105
Software Version: Ships with Android OS
v4.1.1 Jelly Bean, upgradeable to v4.2
Jelly Bean
CPU: Dual-core 1 GHz
Chipset: TI OMAP 4430
GPU: PowerVR SGX540
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity,
Single mini sim

Features – Tecno Phantom Pad N9
GSM900 /DCS1800/ WCDMA2100MHz
Software Version: Ships with Android OS
v4.2 Jelly Bean
CPU: 1.2GHz Quad-core
CPU : MT8389
GPU : embedded
Sensors: G-sensor : Yes, 3D support
Single mini sim

Display – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Type: LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
Colors: 16M colors
Resolution: 600 x 1024 pixels
Size: 7.0 inches
Multitouch: Yes
User Interface: TouchWiz UX

Display – Tecno pad N9
Type: TFT HD Capacitive Touchscreen
Colors: N/A
Resolution: 768 x 1024
Size: 8.0 inches
Multitouch: Yes
User Interface: N/A

Dimension – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Height, Breadth, Thickness: 193.7 x 122.4
x 10.5 mm

Dimension – Tecno Pad N9
Height, Breadth, Thickness: 204 x 154 x

Memory – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Internal: 8GB, 16GB or 32 GB storage
Expandable: microSD uo to 32 GB

Memory – Tecno Pad N9
Internal: 16 GB storage
Expandable: microSD uo to 32 GB

Data – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot

Data – Tecno Pad N9
2G, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi
Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot

Camera – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Primary: 3.15 MP, Image size : 2048×1536
Secondary: VGA camera
Flash: NO
Video: 720p @ 30 fps
Other Features: Geo-tagging, smile

Camera – Tecno Pad N9
Primary: 5.0 MP, Image size : 2592 x 1944
Secondary: 2.0 MP
Flash: NO
Video: 720p @ 30 fps

Battery – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
Stand-by: Up to 1190 h (2G) / Up to 1080h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 40 h (2G) / Up to 20 h (3G)

Battery – Tecno Pad N9
Capacity 4500mAh battery
Standby time : 500 hours
Talk time : 8 hours

Other Features – Samsung galaxy Tab 2
TV Out
SNS integration
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS
Audio formats :MP3/WAV/eAAC+/
WMA/AC3/Flac player
Video formats: MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263/WMV
Image/video editor
Quickoffice HD editor/viewer
Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
Voice memo
Predictive text input (Swype)
HTML5, Adobe Flash

Other Features – Tecno Pad N9
E-mail- Gmail client
SNS/IM : Facebook
Audio formats: MP3/MIDI/AMR/WAV/ACC
Video formats: MP4/3GP (other formats
supported by third party apps)
Ringtone format: MIDI/MP3
Picture format : JPG/GIF/BMP/PNG
FREE leather flip case

Price – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
N52,000 @Slot, N52,000 @PTV Phones,

Price – Tecno Pad N9
N35,ooo @SLOT, N35,000
@Parktelonline, N35,000 @ Microstation Ltd,
Having the above specifications at hand
to compare, let’s take them one by one in
detail and see what’s up.

Features: Many of the features show
higher specifications in the Tecno Pad.
However, Samsung already has a
reputation as an Android heavyweight,
Tecno is just building one. The Tecno
pad has a slightly larger screen with a
higher resolution. Some people say the
TFT screen’s technology is inferior to the
LCD screen, but TFT is actually a sub-
type of LCD display. Tecno Pad also has
a higher screen resolution, and I expect
nothing less, due to its bigger size. One
up for Tecno Pad there.

The Tecno Pad’s CU is clocked higher @
1.2 GHz. What remains to be seen if it
will be continually up to the multitasking
capabilities of the Jelly Bean OS.
Samsung’s processor already has the
advantage of first impact, it holds up
quite well to multi-tasking without any
serious lapses. Also, the Tecno Pad’s
specs simply say its GPU (Graphics
Processing Unit) is embedded, whatever
that means. The bone of contention here
is: does it in fact have a GPU? I think we
should call this a draw.

Dimension: Here, Tecno beats the Galaxy
tab by a fraction- it is thinner by 6mm.
Of course, it is wider and longer; after
all, it does have an 8.0 inch screen
Memory: The Galaxy Tab and the Pad
both boast 1 GB RAM. User memory is
variable on the Samsung Tab @ 8Gb,
16GB and 32 GB. Both are expandable up
to 32 GB via microSD, so the Samsung
Tab can actually sport more memory.
One up for the Galaxy Tab.

Camera: Tecno Pad’s 5.0 primary camera
and 2.0 secondary camera versus the
Tab’s 3.15 MP primary and VGA
secondary cameras…it’s pretty easy
maths. It beats me why the Galaxy Tab
should have such a shoddy camera (yes,
it is shoddy), it’s one of the reasons I
have never been comfortable with it. If
you will make the effort to lug around a
7 inch device, it should at least have a good camera, if nothing else. One up for
the Tecno Pad.

Battery: The Tecno has a bigger capacity
battery, by 500 mAh. That was not a
chance occurrence. Tecno set out to
consistently overshadow the Galaxy Tab
in raw specs, and we hope, in
performance. Again, whether this spec-
stunt will meet up to the Galaxy Tab’s
proven reliability is yet to be seen. I hope
it does. For the sake of figures, Tecno
Pad wins this.
Other Features: The Galaxy Tab still
supports far more a media formats than
the Tecno Pad. Tecno knows the
unsupported media formats can still be
enjoyed using lots of free available apps,
hence the skipping of manufacturer-
installed software for those media.
CHEAP! Galaxy Tab wins this. However,
I am beginning to suspect this won’t
make much of a difference in the overall
review. Why? Pretty obvious

Price: Here’s the main thrust of Tecno’s
market strategy. In an environment
where devices are tied to carrier plans,
consumers can get the devices a lot
cheaper, from free to a fraction of the
price of an unlocked device, for a 2-year
carrier plan. Not so in Nigeria. You must
shell out the full cost of Android or iOS
indulgence, as the case may be. This is
the cause of the proliferation of ‘UK
used’ and ‘US used’ phones in our
domain today. So, when a manufacturer
offers a device with the same
specifications as the Samsung Galaxy Pad
at N35,000 – a little over $230 – the
market is bound to notice, and NOTICE
we did!
While pro-Samsung users sing about
Samsung’s tech savvy and innovation, the
majority are considering the Tecno Pad
for more down-to-earth reasons:
affordability, availability, aesthetics and
desirability -in looks, the Tecno Pad
beats the Galaxy Tab hands down,
another UP for Tecno- and the majority
always carries the vote. The majority is
not trying to get the fastest device or the
device with the highest memory
capacity, a device with above average
functionality satisfies the majority, and
the Tecno Pad offers EVEN MORE than
above average functionality, at a BELOW
AVERAGE price.
I say the Tecno Pad wins. What say ye?

Posted By K2I


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