The tablets are back to battle with the newcomers locking horns. And we are not talking about any tablet; they are the cleanest, meanest and most amazing tablets to hit the market. Yes, we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 2014 Edition and the most recently revealed, about to be released Apple iPad Air. Apple did use some creativity here though to give them credit. The 4th generation iPad are not called the iPad 4 anymore, it is now the iPad Air. Let’s get on with the comparison then.
Design and Looks:
The body of the iPad Air is pretty compact and sleek. The bezel on the front size is also less than ever and the overall shape and design is pretty usual compared to the previous iPad. What is interesting is that the current one is much thinner, about 0.6” thinner than its predecessor and weighs in much lighter. The overall weight of the iPad Air is 478 grams for the cellular version and 469 grams for the Wi-Fi version. On the other hand the Note 10.1 is bigger in size than the iPad Air and is bulkier as well. Considering that it has a bigger screen, more hardware inside and all, it is pretty fair for it, but is still quite heavy to hold comfortably. It weighs in at 547 grams for the cellular version and 540 grams for the Wi-Fi version.
As for the screen, the iPad Air has a 9.7” Multi-touch IPS LED screen with Apple’s own Retina Display. It has a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi. It is a great display with crystal clear visibility and good visibility even in bright sunlight. On the other hand the Note 10.1 has an Ultra HD display of 2560×1600 pixels at 298 ppi which is way more than iPad Air’s display considering that iPad has a smaller screen. The Note 10.1 has a 10.1” TFT display which is amazing with very high pixel density. I guess the rest is to be understood.
Performance & Connectivity:
Coming to the hardware, the iPad Air runs on the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor. The architecture is one of a kind on tablets which is famous in PCs. With this overall efficiency is much better and the M7 coprocessor does a more than good job with handling the graphics. The Note 10.1 runs on a Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa-core chipset with 1.9 GHz Quad & 1.3 GHz Quad processor and Adreno 330 GPU to handle the graphical needs. Being an Octa-core processor, it has much greater ease with handling multitasking and the heavy applications and games on Android. Both the tablets come in both Cellular and Wi-Fi versions where the Cellular versions are capable of 2G, 3G as well as almost all LTE (4G) bands.
Camera and Photos:
The camera on the iPad Air is a 5MP iSight Camera from Apple which uses the big pixel technology. This way it can capture more details and greater clarity of videos and images than a normal 5MP camera. This camera is capable of 1080p Full HD videos at 30 fps. It also had a 1.3MP FaceTime camera capable of 720p HD videos. The Note 10.1 has an 8MP camera with LED flash capable of Full HD videos as well. But the difference here is that the 8MP camera has a bigger sensor, hence greater detail capturing. There is no surprise that even with everything the camera on the Note 10.1 is better than the iSight from Apple. Note 10.1 also has a 2 MP front facing camera also capable of 1080p Full HD video recording. Now match that Apple!
Main Memory, Storage & Battery:
On the memory front Apple will always lack behind. Not because it is bad, but because it does not provide the expandable memory option. It sure does come in 16/32/64/128 GB versions, but still the absence of expandable memory is still a let-down considering that now this is a 4th generation iPad. It has 1 GB RAM. On the other hand Note 10.1 also comes in 16/32/64 GB versions, but the added advantage of this is the expandable memory slot which allows expansion of memory using SD cards upto 64 GB. That is a huge amount of memory which provides a huge advantage to the Note 10.1 over the iPad Air. Also the Note 10.1 has 3 GB of RAM which is 3 times more than the iPad Air. On the battery front, iPad Air has a new and improved battery of 32.4 watt-hour which gives upto 10 hours of surfing on Wi-Fi and 9 hours of surfing on cellular network which is pretty sufficient. The Note 10.1 has an 8220 mAh battery which is really huge compared to other tablets and is good enough for upto 12 hours of usage on a full charge.
Coming to the features, the iPad Air runs on iOS 7 which is nice, zippy and colourful. With its improved and added features, this tablet is amazing. Apple has introduced loads of inbuilt apps and features in this tablet, though a fingerprint scanner which was expected is absent. But still it is no less a bad tablet. It also features a full integration of the App Store, iTunes and many other apps along with its personal voice assistant “Siri”. Also it is equipped with Apple maps with an option to use Google Maps as well which is a much better mapping service compared to Apple Maps.
On the other hand Note 10.1 runs on Android 10.1 JellyBean out of the box with the Samsung UI overlay on top of it. And when it comes to Android, there is no more need to say. Android just has it all, and if you want anything extra, you can just simply download it from the Google Play store and get it on your Android device. Also there is the presence of Google Now which is Google’s own personal voice assistant.
Our comparison of the Apple iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition yielded some pretty surprising and amazing results. For starters the iPad Air is an amazing device with great specs and design and the extra added features, but still it does not quite feel that great compared to the Note 10.1 which has amazing features, has got Android 4.3 running and got a much better screen, camera, expandable memory and the works. So if asked us, the Note 10.1 seems to be the better among the two. Now the question is how the iPad Air features against the recently released Lumia 2520? Well! That we will have to wait and see.