In this article, Apple’s iPad Air competes with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and its predecessor. The iPad Air is actually the 5th generation iPad, while the Galaxy Note 10.1 was the first 10.1inches tablet from Samsung, but in 2014, the company released an improved version of this tablet and the fans loved it. But, let’s take a look at all three tablet’s specs and features.
Displays and sizes
iPad Air’s display has the size of 9.7inches, it’s a LED-backlit IPS LCD with 16M colors, a resolution of 1536x2048pixels and 264ppi. Both of the Galaxy Note versions have displays of 10.1inches, but they’re using different technologies: th2 2013 model has a PLS TFT screen with 1280x800pixels and 149ppi, while the 2014 version has a Super clear LCD screen with 2560x1600pixels and 299ppi.
The Wifi variant of the iPad Air is weighting 469grams, while the 3G/LTE variant is 9grams heavier and both measure 240×169.5×7.5mm. The Note 10.1 2013 weights 600grams and the dimensions are 262x180x8.9mm, while its successor is measuring 243.1×171.4 x7.9mm and it comes in three variants: a WiFi variant weighting 540grams, a 3G variant weighting 535grams and a LTE variant weighting 547grams.
Hardware and OS
The iPad Air runs decently with a 1.3GHz dual core Cyclone processor with an Apple A7 chipset, a PowerVR G6430 GPU and 1GB of RAM DDR3. It has 16/32/64/128 GB of internal storage, unexpandable and it runs on Apple’s iOS7, which is upgradable to iOS 7.1.2, and soon it will receive iOS 8.
The Note 10.1 2013 is powered by a 1.4GHz quad core Cortex A9 processor, which is backed by an Exynos 4412 chipset and a Mali-400MP4 GPU. It hosts 2GB of RAM and has three variants of internal storage: 16 and 32GB expandable up to 64GB, plus a 64GB variant, and it runs on Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, with the possibility to upgrade to v4.4.2 (KitKat).
The 2014 version is much more powerful with the 2.3GHz quad core Krait 400 processor (LTE variant) or 1.9GHz quad core Cortex A15 & 1.3GHz quad core Cortex A7 (3G variant), coupled with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and an Adreno 330 GPU. This tablet is running on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS with 3GB of RAM and has the same variants of internal memories like its predecessor.
The iPad Air and the Note 10.1 2013 have a 5MP camera on the back with autofocus, but only the Samsung tablet has LED flash. The front cameras are 1.2Mp and 1.9MP respectively. The Note 10.1 2014 edition comes with an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP front camera.
All three tablets have non-removable batteries. The iPad Air has the biggest battery, which is Li-Po 8,820mAh, being followed by the Note 10.1 2014 with a Li-Po 8220mAh battery and the Note 10.1 2013 with a Li-Ion 7000mAh battery.
The Wifi version of the iPad Air 16GB costs 433 dollars, the 32GB variant is priced at 540 dollars, 64GB = 663 dollars and 128GB = 760 dollars. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2013 WiFi + 3G 16GB variant costs 460 dollars, and the 16GB variant of the 2014 edition costs 500 dollars.
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