Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc are the two strongest players in the tablet market.
The Galaxy Tab series of tablets from Samsung is one of the most popular lineup of Android tablets. iPad Air is a premium 10-inch tablet from Apple that has already earned accolades from tech experts and tablet users worldwide. We are providing a direct comparison between important features of Tab 3 10.1 and iPad Air which will help you in buying the right tablet.
Models and Dimensions
iPad Air is available in two models; the low-end model only supports Wi-Fi connectivity while the Cellular plus Wi-Fi model has a nano – SIM slot which allows you to use iPad Air on cellular networks and also allows you to connect to Wi-Fi network. The iPad Air belongs to a 10-inch tablet category and measures 240 mm(Height) x 169.5 mm(Width) and is around 7.5 mm thick. The approximate weight of iPad Air Wi-Fi model is 469 grams while the cellular model weighs around 478 grams. The Tab 3 is slightly bigger in size and measures 243.1 mm(Height) x 176.1 mm(Width) and has around 8 mm thickness. The weight of Tab 3 10.1 is around 510 grams.
iPad Air features a 9.7 inches Retina display capable of rendering a resolution of 1536-by-2048 pixels. The pixel density of Retina Display is quite high at 264 ppi. Apple has provided an oleophobic coating and a scratch-resistant glass protection to the display in iPad Air. The Tab 3 has a slightly bigger display measuring 10.1 inches and offering a resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels. The pixel density of display in Tab 3 is almost half of the Retina display that is 149 ppi. Tab 3 has a relatively low quality capacitive TFT touchscreen while the iPad Air has a high quality IPS LCD touchscreen with LED backlit feature.
iPad Air’s main CPU A7 is based on 64 bit architecture. The device also has a motion coprocessor named M7. Samsung has provided a dual core processor with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz and a discrete graphics processor SGX544MP2 in Tab 3 10.1 tablet.
Both tablets have a primary camera with larger resolution and a secondary camera with lower resolution. The iSight camera in iPad Air is a 5 megapixel camera rendering a resolution of 2592-by- 1944 pixels. The primary camera in Tab 3 10.1 is a 3.15 megapixel camera with a resolution of 2048-by-1536 pixels. Apple has provided several advanced camera features such as burst mode, Geo-tagging, video stabilization, face detection and auto focus. The Tab 3 10.1 only has a Geo-tagging feature.
The price of Tab 3 10.1 16GB (Wi-Fi) model is around $329. The price of iPad Air depends on two factors, connectivity and storage space. The price difference between Wi-Fi and Cellular plus Wi-Fi model of the same storage capacity is around $130. The prices of different iPad Air models are
iPad Air (Wi-Fi) 16GB – $499
iPad Air (Wi-Fi) 32GB – $599
iPad Air (Wi-Fi) 64GB -$699
iPad Air 128GB (Wi-Fi)- $799
iPad Air (Cellular plus Wi-Fi) 16GB – $629
iPad Air (Cellular plus Wi-Fi) 32GB – $729
iPad Air (Cellular plus Wi-Fi) 64GB – $829
iPad Air (Cellular plus Wi-Fi) 128GB – $929
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