Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
0. phoneArena 16 Nov 2013, 04:22 posted on
The iPad Air, which only recently became available, has set the standard even higher in terms of design. With its thin side bezels and super-light weight, Apple's full-sized tablet is more alluring than ever. However, what it'll go up against this time is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition – arguably Samsung's best Galaxy tablet, which hopes to attract consumers with its S Pen and productivity-focused features. Let the fight begin!...
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64. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Why is it not surprising that Ray S. completely left out the most important and killer feature of the Note 10.1 2014 edition???
TRUE MULTI-WINDOW MULTI-APPLICATION SUPPORT!!!
Seems pretty biased and stupid to omit such a huge difference in function since the Apple doesn't have anything close to that. And on a tablet this size, it makes perfect sense!
66. spo (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Apr 2009)
All good points. There's almost no point in reviewing tech products anymore.
89. SOUPCAN (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
Yeah the multi window is righteously cool I must admit.
67. n.d.p (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)
After we got the samy chromebook, my wife ditched the ipad3 that is now used by my daughter to play toca boca. I am still using my galaxy note 10.1 at work and home daily. Ipad does what it should fantastically, snapy, premium, best on the market. Unfortunately it doesn't do much. Its a device for seniors, children, gamers, people who wear Louis Vuitton and the rest who never tried something else properly. Luckily there is a lot of choice these days which is fortunate. Monopoly sucks.
72. cerenatee (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)
I own an Ipad Air and it's OK but not anything awesome. This is one of the most based reviews I've read in a long time. Every advantage the Ipad has, no matter how slight, is magnified. Every advantage the Note has, no matter how large, is minimized and qualified. Where is the impartial review?
73. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
I have no problem choosing between these two. It's the iPad Air in every way .
74. nigratruo (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Dec 2013)
Great review. But I find it a little strange that you were biased towards simplicity. Simplicity often means less functionality and thanks to the Apple world of devices, software can now do less than years before. Taking functionality away is not really that cool, just to cater to a lot of idiots that are not smart enough to use a more complex device.
For me as a user that loves my devices functional and powerful, it is a painful experience. It would be similar to books using less and less words, and sentences always using do and have, instead of the proper words, just to allowthe simpletons of this world thinking less and less. I feel that in the tech field, there is a dumbification of everything going on and in a few years time, we will have users that are too dumb to use pretty much anything electronic.
I'm glad that Android offers more functionality and better configurability. It is hard for a smart intelligent person to use a device that was castrated for a (technologically) dumb person. I'm not one of the people that gets confused if there are 10 config options instead of 2, it is really not that hard, you can actually learn things, that is what schooling is all about. Otherwise we would be learning less and less every year in school and eventually nothing at all anymore, catering to the people that don't want to use their brains.
77. mckofi (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)
Maybe this is iSite(apple.com)... Oooh it's phonearena.com. Lol sorry for the biased review. Even Jobs himself would wonder at the cemetary how this review can be called 'fair'
80. SOUPCAN (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
Honestly this article is clearly slanted towards the Ipad. You can just tell. I stopped reading it....
81. clarksbc (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
A much more useful and unbiased review can be found at gsmarena.com
83. SOUPCAN (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
I own the Samsung and I can say without question that moronic minutia listed in this ignorant review is not something anyone would ever notice. The Samsung is a quality product and for anyone who owns a Samsung phone, which I do, its an easy learning curve.
91. andrewphi (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2014)
In my opinion, the battle between the tablets for best performance, best battery, which is the lightest, the finest, etc.. is not really meaningful.
Here the article concludes that the ipad is the best but that the S note is fine too…
In fact, I think that at this level of technology, the most important is the services that your device can provide you depending on the use you make of it.
In my case, for professional use, Ipad is better than the S note (or any Android tablet) because you have great apps on the apple store which fits well with the capacities of the ipad. For example, I can’t work without Beesy nor Goodreader, and for now only the Ipad offer this kind of productivity apps…
92. 4G_Reaper (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
As a heavy android user, I decided to broaden my spectrum with the iPad Air. It really is a great product, and with t-mobile's wifi pricing and free data promos I really couldn't pass it up. In the past 2 months it has become my main media consumption device, replacing my Moto X and Nexus 4, which has given them a substantial boost in battery life (big surprise there...) The lack of customization and multi window is a pretty big hit if you're looking for a productivity centric tablet, not to mention the s-pen which is fantastic for drawing or note taking.
Both tablets have their perks, and as usual it comes down to preference. With android performance issues, you can usually fix them by disabling unused apps, installing a third party launcher, tweaking developer level settings, or installing custom firmware, which to any android power user should be an easy task. Then again, if you want something that just works and has smooth performance out of the box and you aren't looking for heavy multitasking or productivity, the iPad Air is definitely worth a buy.
Also, as I'm not sure it was touched on in the article, Apple releases software updates in a much more timely manner than Samsung, and supports their devices for a longer period of time with software releases. Oh, and did I mention the vastly superior data backup services iTunes offers? Upgrading to a new device is a matter of backing up the old and restoring on the new. Trying to do the same on android requires root and third party apps to get everything backed up properly, especially app data/settings.
Sorry if anything is badly written, my thoughts aren't exactly organized, but I hope I at least helped someone make a decision.