Released in November 2013, the iPad Air has once again set the benchmarks in the tablet world with a spell bounding design and incredible lightness.
It still remains the ultimate tablet for those looking for great performance and premium build. Despite the reduction in thickness, the iPad Air still remains a cumbersome device when it comes to portability. The phablet segment has attempted to make the device more user-friendly. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to set new standards in the segment.
The Galaxy Note 4 will not be coming with a 9.7 inch display like that of the iPad Air. However, it is expected to offer a 5.7 inch display that offers new levels of detail. This is because the phone is expected to be equipped with 4K resolution, which would mean pixel densities of over 500 PPI. This is a massive advantage compared with the iPad Air, even with its retina display, since this device offers only 264 PPI. This is because the Apple device comes with only 1536 x 2048 pixels in resolution. The Samsung device will also be slightly better in direct sunlight due to its Super AMOLED technology, while the iPad Air uses the IPS panels.
Dimensions provide a significant differentiating aspect between the two, since the iPad Air is a fairly large device due to its large display. The Galaxy Note 4 not only will weigh considerably lower, but it is closer to a phone in terms of dimensions. It would also support normal calling and messaging aspects using a SIM card.
The iPad Air is definitely superior in terms of the multimedia experience, despite its 4:3 aspect ratio which, in turn, is due to its 9.7 inch display. Further, Apple also provides different internal memory options, starting with just 16 GB, in order to hold content. The maximum possible internal memory on the iPad Air is 128 GB. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to go beyond this by virtue of supporting external memory cards. Internally, it will offer a maximum 64 GB that can be expanded by another 128 GB using microSD cards. This feature has been providing huge benefits to the current crop of Samsung models and it will be no different in the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 as well.
The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to come with the same 16 megapixel camera first seen in the Galaxy S5. Apart from the megapixel count, it is also expected to borrow features like 4K video recording amongst many others. The Samsung product comfortably beats the iPad Air in this regard, since the iPad Air has only a five megapixel camera. Apart from basic imaging qualities like full HD video recording, this camera lacks the punch offered by the Galaxy Note 4’s camera.
The base versions of the iPad Air with only 16 GB internal memory and Wi-Fi connectivity retails at $450. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be priced around $750 when it is launched in the next few weeks.
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