Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Apple iPad 3
Unless you've been hiding under a rock the last month or so, you're probably well aware about the all-out no holds barred war raging between Apple and Samsung in the court system. For consumers though, the battle that concerns them right now is between two highly prized tablets vying for supremacy in the market. Very recently, Samsung launched its long awaited Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet – the Korean company's answer to Apple's ever-beloved new iPad. With its S-Pen stylus in hand, Samsung is betting that its pen is going to be mightier than the metaphorical sword wielded by the new iPad, which so happens to have a stranglehold on the market.
Frankly, neither tablet exudes a fresh design enough to enamor our inner most desires – especially when they're oh so conventional. Regardless of that, it's the iPad's premium brushed aluminum casing that cements itself as the more solidly constructed tablet. Well, it's not to say that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is an ugly duckling, but considering that it's almost similar in footprint and weight, especially when it's donning an all-plastic body, it's not going to win people over as much from a first impression. It is slightly thinner though.
Taking a quick peek around the sides of these two highly esteemed tablets, they share many commonalities – such as a proprietary dock port, microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, volume control, and dedicated power button. However, Samsung throws in some additional goodies that seemingly increase its value. Specifically, these appreciated additions include an IR blaster that turns the Galaxy a note 10.1 into a universal remote, and the specialized functions found with its S-Pen stylus.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPad 3 (top, right)
Visually speaking, the iPad's Retina display is a remarkable thing to behold, even more when its 2048 x 1536 resolution obliterates the 1280 x 800 resolution of the Galaxy Note 10.1. Without question, the iPad's 9.7" IPS LCD panel surely boasts the initial appeal due to its sharper looks, superb viewing angles, and slightly warmer color tones. In contrast, however, the 10.1" Super PLS LCD panel of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is still a decent looker – though, it's less inclined to wow people with its lower resolution and weaker viewing angles. Still, it has the distinct advantage of offering superior accuracy and precision thanks to its S-Pen functionality using Wacom technology. Come to think of it, there's no other mainstream tablet that offers that kind of technology.
Interface, Functionality, Internet and Connectivity
1. wendygarett (limited) 6 days ago posted on 22 Aug 2012, 07:22 4 15
Seriously John comparing the dalmation and chiwawa? LOL just joking :)
I'm afraid I have to +1 to ipad because of 'retina display'
Yike ! ! !
10. -box- posted on 22 Aug 2012, 08:26 15 3
Not much point to the higher-res display without software to take advantage of it...
51. nwright94 (unregistered) posted on 27 Aug 2012, 12:02 0 0
There's plenty of retina ready apps and software
36. henrickrw posted on 23 Aug 2012, 15:21 0 0
As an owner of a a galaxy note, s2 and s3 I Will definately purchase the note 10.1. Send me email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have something to tell you
39. thelegend6657 posted on 23 Aug 2012, 22:00 1 0
Why , if you have so many samsung product why don't add an iPad to your collection
I have galaxy nexus and iPad
Can I send you an email ?
64. lllbenjolll posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:25 0 0
Can you use your ipad as phone? The note can. What can 't the note 10.1 that the ipad 3 can? Nothing. But i can tell you the note 10.1 can do something that the ipad 3 cant.
1. Phone functionality to text and call.
2. S pen writing.
3. Watch so many video formats, avi, mov, mp4 and a whole lot more where in the ipad can only play mp4 and mov. So you need to do some converting of formats. So time consuming.
4. Drag and drop of files? Ipad cant. Come to think of it, it is easier to use the note 10.1
5. The ipad can only be synced with one pc via itune so u need to have a personal pc while the note 10.1, u can use anyone elses pc to be able to put songs ,movies and even windows word, excel etc
6. You can download movies and songs for free using torrent and mp3 downloaders while the ipad can't.
You can download youtube video and youtube to mp3 format with the note 10.1. Ipad can't.
Mmm what else? My wife is an apple fanatic so i know what it can't do that my android can. By the way, i have an iphone 4s which my wife gave me so im stuck with it hahhahaha i want the samsung note 2 but i dont want to hurt her feelings so im suffering with my iphone 4s lmao
2. TheLibertine posted on 22 Aug 2012, 07:31 15 2
Fair comparison. Putting ist simple:
- iPad for entertainment and simplicity loving mass consumers and people looking for great third-party apps, those who read and surf the web a lot
- Nexus 7 for those who want a mini tablet with an attractive price tag
- Transformer Infinity for those who simply prefer Android over iOS on a personal level and/or do a lot of movie watching
- Galaxy Note 10.1 mostly for professionals only
3. wendygarett (limited) 6 days ago posted on 22 Aug 2012, 07:35 7 2
when it comes to camera and video
galaxy note 10.1 is actually way better than ipad
it just that the resolution of note downgraded the image we seen from the picture :(
5. TheLibertine posted on 22 Aug 2012, 07:49 2 3
"Honestly, the qualities of both devices are on par to one another, but we have to give the slight advantage to the iPad – purely because it handles low lighting better."
"For starters, the iPad boasts 1080p recording, while the Galaxy Note 10.1 sticks to yesterday's 720p. Details are pretty much the selling point for the new iPad, as the Galaxy Note 10.1's production is simply too soft to accept as high definition."
U trolling again? :)
8. wendygarett (limited) 6 days ago posted on 22 Aug 2012, 07:55 0 2
Didn't see that coming, my apologies :)
4. ajac09 posted on 22 Aug 2012, 07:38 11 1
still both are over priced. Id rahter just get that cheaper prime and be happy
7. TheLibertine posted on 22 Aug 2012, 07:54 3 6
The iPad actually costs less than the Asus Transformer Prime in the most basic versions.
(At least here in Europe.)
9. TylerGrunter posted on 22 Aug 2012, 08:12 7 0
Only if you compare the 16 GB iPad version against the 32 GB ASUS Transformer version (with microSD slot for other 32 AND keyboard included).
Even then you have the ASUS transformer TF300T that cost the same as the iPad 16 GB and has also keyboard and 32 GB internal memory.
And I could start about buying the ASUS transformer prime without keyboard...
In my opinion your price comparison is waaaay off.
12. TheLibertine posted on 22 Aug 2012, 09:03 0 1
Still it is the basic version of the Transformer Prime, no matter the features.
You see, im Europe/German-living. Here, we cannot buy a Prime without keyboard dock. So, this is a europe-wide price comparison:
Transformer Prime starts at 540 euro.
Whereas the iPad starts at 450 euro. For 540, you can also get an 32 GB version.
The Infinity Pad is the only tablet that can compete in terms of hardware (you would not try and deny it, right?) and the software is a matter of preferance.
But, the thing is, the iPad costs less in basic configuration. The most basic configuration costs 600 euro without dock - for that price plus a few dozen euro you can also get an iPad 64 GB.
And, again: i am telling you what the situation is like in Europe, no guess what it is like in the USA.
14. TylerGrunter posted on 22 Aug 2012, 09:38 1 1
I'm also talkig about European prices.
And yes: I would deny that the Infinity PAD is the only one that can compete in terms of hardware, as it has a LOT better hardware. The iPad 3 should be compared to the prime as much.
It's just a plain lie that in Germany you can't buy the transformer prime without the keyboard, 500 Euros for the 64 GB:
and now let's compare with the price of the iPad 3 with 32 GB, 575 Euros:
And you can also go for the transformer TF300 which is even cheaper: 400 Euros
So don't go telling than the basic iPad is cheaper when at the same specifications is much more expensive. And stop comparing the prices of the transformer WITH KEYBOARD INCLUDED to the iPad without keyboard and A LOT LESS memory.
Note: all links just go to Amazon Germany
22. whoisnetworkdood (banned) posted on 22 Aug 2012, 13:32 3 1
someone got pwned....
23. TheLibertine posted on 22 Aug 2012, 13:46 0 1
...thanks to the statement that the new iPad should be compared to the Prime, while the Prime could never be more than equal the iPad 2 - i remember the tests on Phonearena and The Verge.
Thats something where i cannot argue with you when you dont stop to deny the facts. The Transformer Pad blows away the iPad in terms of CPU performance, the iPad does the same in terms of graphics performance. The Pad is slightly lighter, while the new iPad has the 20% better resolution and a bit better build quality (both great here). Battery life is the same. That is what i call equal.
Lets compare iPad 2 with the Infinity Pad just cause i say they are equal.
And: the Amazon prices on iPads are insane. Here one with 32 GB for 540 Euro:
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Sorry for that one with the Prime keyboard - i just did not find it.
It should be compared like that: Prime vs iPad 2, Infinity vs iPad 3. Isnt that obvious?
26. TylerGrunter posted on 22 Aug 2012, 15:46 2 1
It´s not obvious to me when the Prime offers HDMI output, usb, much better cameras and micro SD compared to the iPad 2.
And I find kind of funny you were not able to find the Asus Transformer Prime without keyboard when you can find it in the same page you were posting for just 470 Euros with 32 GB:
And the infinity with 64 GB for less than 600
It looks to me that you put a lot of effort to find the best offers for the iPads, but you don´t do the same for the other tablets. It just took me 5 minutes to find all those good prices for the ASUS transformer in the same pages you were posting.
One more thing: you call "facts" to things not everyone would agree with and there is much and more to discuss about your "facts".
27. TylerGrunter posted on 22 Aug 2012, 15:54 1 1
And one more thing, the original discussion was about your statment (completely false as demostrated) that "The iPad actually costs less than the Asus Transformer Prime". And now you change your discurse about that you have to compare it to the Infinity? Way to go to justify the iPad prices!
34. TheLibertine posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:18 1 0
If you compare an 2011 tablet with the newest iPad and dont even agree with the iPad 2 being equal of the Transformer Prime (while most experts including Phonearena rated it as good or even lower than the iPad 2) then you still cant disagree with the most basic version of the new iPad still being cheaper than the Transformer Prime.
Like you found out yourself - the most basic Prime is 479 euro. The most basic new iPad 450 euro despite being newer and much higher rated. For 479 euro you can get a 64 GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 today.
(Sorry for my poor english again. Im european.)
35. TylerGrunter posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:40 0 0
I really wonder if you don't get tired of being wrong in your arguments. Or you just lie on purpouse for the sake of your arguments?
Let's start with your argument that Phonearena rated as good the Prime as the iPad 2:
"the Transformer Prime buys you something that’s newer, stronger, and the better performer as it outclasses the iPad 2 in plenty of categories. Indeed, Asus has the advantage of being a newer tablet, rather than being a year old model like the iPad 2, but when you take everything that it offers into consideration, it’s astoundingly evident that it’s the superior one."
Where do you understand in that statement that the iPad 2 is equal or better if I may ask? Can you even understand english?
Quoted from phonearena itself:
First false fact: phonearena says clearly that Prime is better.
Let's check about the comparison between the Prime with the iPad 3:
"Just like two gods going at each other in the heavens, they’re immortal and cannot be defeated – so yes, they stand equally to one another. Therefore, we have to settle for the fact that neither one can actually claim victory seeing that they share the same pedestal."
Second false fact: phonearena says that they are equal.
Ups, pwned again!
And as I said before: stop comparing a 16GB (equal) tablet with a 32GB one, as that confuses people who reads the comment!
The very least you should have done is to say: the iPad 3 with 16 GB cost a little less than the Prime with 32 GB...
That would have been impartial and we would not be having this discussion.
Because with the SAME INTERNAL MEMORY: the Prime is CHEAPER.
PS: don't worry about your english, not everyone is this forum has english as his mother language.
38. MartyK posted on 23 Aug 2012, 18:14 0 0
Dang!^^^^ TylerGrunter, you didn't have to go hard/pwned on Taco brother, proving him wrong on both side of the Ocean!..hahaha
43. TylerGrunter posted on 24 Aug 2012, 02:39 0 0
Actually I just proved him wrong on one side of the Ocean, the same TheLibertine and myself are ;-)
It's just that due to my nick many people thinks I'm in the US!
Sorry if I came out as a bully, but I really hate when people lie to get their argument across.
45. TheLibertine posted on 24 Aug 2012, 04:58 0 0
It does cost less than the Transformer Prime, that stays unchanged. It doesnt matter what features (memory) the Prime has, it still is more expensive than the basic new iPad.
At this point it should be pointless trying to tell you that the new iPad is the best tablet - im fine with Phonearena saying it, (in this article, for example) TheVerge, CHIP, PC Magazine rating it highest. And: this highest rated tablet is actually cheaper than the Prime in starting price. There is nothing more i wanted to tell you about, as it would be pointless. You stick with Android, i am with iOS.
46. TylerGrunter posted on 24 Aug 2012, 06:41 0 0
Telling delusional tales again?
Where in this article Phonearena that the iPad 3 is better than the Transformer Prime?
It says that both the Prime and the iPad 3 are better than the Note 10.1, that's it. So please keep your delusions for yourself or for people who don't actually read the articles themselves.
As for the other sites, please provide the links. I'm tired of smacking you whenever I look for the information you don't provide.
47. TheLibertine posted on 24 Aug 2012, 07:05 0 0
2012 tablet guide by Phonearena. "The new iPad is simply the best tablet out there.
CHIP, one of Europes biggest tech magazines and the by far biggest in Germany. No surprise it rated the new iPad highest, but you know who is second? Yes, still iPad 2.
Techradar, a huge tech site. It rated the iPad highest with 4,5/5 and the verdict was: "no doubt were once again looking at the leader in the tablet race. [...] once you've gazed adoringly into the Retina Display, played any of the high-power games or watched a Full HD movie in your hands, you'll struggle to not hate any tablet that isn't the new iPad 3". Transformer Prime was allready on the market by that time. I am not denying it was also rated very high - but it was never once called the best tablet, just the best Android tablet.
The Verge. No comment - it is just the by FAR best rated tablet with 9.3. Galaxy Note 10.1 was rated 5.4, but that is just saying.
Also no further comments needed. It was called the best tablet multiple times in this review.
So, you have five huge (three out of them - PC Mag, The Verge and Techradar are the arguably most reliable outta there, i would not give that much about Phonearena and CHIP, if you ask me) saying the same thing. And still, the iPad starts at a lower price.
6. loki1618 posted on 22 Aug 2012, 07:51 3 6
i'm definitely sticking with the apple especially if they released the ipad mini and perfected ios 6
18. frydaexiii posted on 22 Aug 2012, 12:02 1 2
perfected iOS 6? What's there to perfect when there's nothing new? What would actually be funny would be if they could cocked up such a minor update.
11. shuaibhere posted on 22 Aug 2012, 08:29 1 1
Beside all this additional functionality....
G note will get another cool addition when JB arrives to it's pocket......
i think it's very cool addition which will blow ipad away....
24. TheLibertine posted on 22 Aug 2012, 14:25 3 4
Yep. Every Android innovation is the "next big thing that will blow iPad away", but two years passed and it still dominates the market with 70%.
41. thelegend6657 posted on 23 Aug 2012, 22:03 0 0
Because Samsung is such a jackass I don't think current Samsung device will get google now . Samsung will replace it with its horrible s voice .
Go get a asus transformer infinity , asus raped Samsung
13. Windsponge posted on 22 Aug 2012, 09:26 3 5
I have had prime and sumsung took both back I Pad I just so much smother. Door sent freeze up. Apps are way better. This is just my view do not want you to get I Pad. Though I love my 64 gig. My music, my books, my games. Like I said I took the prime back it had problems and so did samsung I owned.
19. frydaexiii posted on 22 Aug 2012, 12:05 6 2
Yeah, walls of icons, no file manager, no task manager, no easy toggles, tied to itunes, thick and heavy, back heats up just leaving it on the table. Must be living the dream.
48. TheLibertine posted on 24 Aug 2012, 07:52 0 0
Well, actually he OWNED both tablets and made his opinion.
As an iPad user myself: the new iPad is by no means thick or heavy (just a bit heavier and thicker than iPad 2), nor does it heat up (in ANY way), nor do i have problems with iTunes, many icons (you can group them).
54. nwright94 (unregistered) posted on 27 Aug 2012, 12:19 0 0
Well, I haven't connected my iPad to the computer for iTunes once, everything's in the cloud. You need to workout more if you think it's thick and heavy, considering its still about the same thickness as the majority of tablets on the market, and where did you hear the heating up on the table? Mine only heats up when streaming videos or playing graphic intensive games, and it's about the same heat my tf300t would heat up to. You are really trying hard to troll aren't you? It's not working so well.
15. buccob posted on 22 Aug 2012, 10:00 4 2
Phone Arena is really biased in this comparison.
Display: well yes, iPad wins...
Interface Functionality: having windows and split screen apps is the most you can get out of multitasking and productivity. Does not matter if the ipad is fast for switching. There is nothing faster than doing it at the same time.
Camera: I agree that a back camera is unnecessary in a tablet, but even thought the ipad's camera is better in low light, the Note has a LED Flash.
Battery: they are about the same. Can't you be objective? leave it at that.
So bottomline, for people who wants a better screen, aluminum and IOS get the iPad.
For those who want true multitasking features, S-Pen, and Android, get the Note...
Personally I would go for the Note.
17. imnotascammer posted on 22 Aug 2012, 11:30 5 2
Seriously? Why can't phonearena make a comparison thats not biased? Lol! Apple slaves. Geez!
20. whoisnetworkdood (banned) posted on 22 Aug 2012, 13:30 4 1
I am confused as to which one is the ipad.
21. whoisnetworkdood (banned) posted on 22 Aug 2012, 13:30 3 1
the real winner here is the nexus 7.
25. rachelsjohnas posted on 22 Aug 2012, 14:53 0 6
Ipad is the best. No doubt about it. Samsung Note is not in level of Apple ipad. Apple's after sales service is the best service. We can't compare samsung galaxy note and Apple ipad. If you ask me then I say Apple ipad is winner.
29. RomeoJDR posted on 23 Aug 2012, 00:09 0 0
Once again, the point has to be brought up that the Note is not the first ptoduct to bring the pen technology to a tablet. HTC, Lenova and the 10.1 Xyboard all have offered virtually the same tech for quite some time via the N-Trig pen. Someone who reviews tablets that isn't aware of the pre-existence of this feature on many other tablets looses some credibility.
30. robocopvn posted on 23 Aug 2012, 00:58 1 0
For me the Pad with normal tablet plus Spen, telephone, SMS functionalities and the whole android customization is the winner. TBH, how many tablets can make a call out there, they're mostly wear the Sammy logo
And it's not different between +650.000apps in IOS and +600.000 apps in PlayStore because I can find everything I want. And it's ironic how manufactorer want to push the screen resolution as a marketing hype, because my 42'' TV with Full HD (1920x1080) looks amazing at the distance of 2 meters. And 1280x800 on the 10'' tablet used on the 25-40cm distance is the same. And the new Ipad's resolution is just saturated (more than needed) one. Use it normally, most users cannot find the differences between the two. Unless if you use your tablets and put your eyes at 2 cm distance lolz
31. Jphones posted on 23 Aug 2012, 01:00 0 0
phonerarena just loves anything apple if it says its basically the same "well the ipdad/iphone has this .000001 percent better this/that." come on the ipad isn't even called the ipad genius its the "new"ipad that will burn your lap off. people just like the ipad because its a status symbol to some.smh if apple makes an entry level phone which we know they want you'll be saying it blows away the competition with the same exact specs but apple's name on it.I bet if you took apple off a product and introduced it to the masses nobody would be all hyped about it or on its cores.
33. robocopvn posted on 23 Aug 2012, 06:56 0 0
It's true. If you are in Vietnam, my country, you will see the funny thing that many youngsters riding cheap motorbike and always try to have Iphone, Ipad with them, just to be "cool". And trust me, most of them never care about technology, or specs, or OS, or anything. It's funny :D
just 1 important thing: girls love guys who use Ipad, Iphone =DDD
32. inkhriptor posted on 23 Aug 2012, 01:46 0 0
Well, programmers like me will definitely choose galaxy note 10.1 because of its OS. Android allows much much more customization than the IOS and that means a lot to us.
49. cjo1992 posted on 25 Aug 2012, 14:49 0 0
Guys can you help me out here? When I go to the store to get an iPad how do I not confuse one with a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? I mean the tablet and packaging just look so similar! I might just confuse one with the other because I'm expected to be a dumb consumer.
50. okonson posted on 27 Aug 2012, 11:00 0 0
They talk about unique Apple experience. Don't make me laugh. There is nothing more frustrating than feeling as if the item you have forked out money for does not belong to you. Unique experience comes from being able to make an item you bought your own, to personalise it and tweak it to your own style.
Who would give up his own shed for the luxury of a 5 star hotel where you can't even move the table. Apparently that is what Apple fans like.
Devils may care about retina display.
I'm only surprised that it took so long for someone to work out that a tablet as we know from Ancient Greek and Egypt was meant for writing, physically, with a pointed object.
52. nwright94 (unregistered) posted on 27 Aug 2012, 12:12 0 0
I can't believe there's people trying to say the notes screen is better. Come on people, get the fanboyism out of your eyes. The note doesn't have a bad screen, but the iPads looks quite a bit better. The only tablet I've seen that matches (and passes) is the transformer infinity. It may not be as sharp but it's certainly brighter. But I don't see how you guys can honestly see the notes screen as superior. The iPad is too high resolution to make it good? I didn't think fanboys this crazy existed anymore. Give credit where it's due. Now, about the comparison, I felt it was a good one. I'd love to see Samsung push out some amazing software that the quad core and 2 GB of ram could take advantage of.
58. TechBoy posted on 01 Sep 2012, 12:29 0 0
They are kinda overpriced. Ill just for something cheaper like the Nexus 7.
60. Mobile_CTO posted on 04 Nov 2012, 17:14 0 0
Sooner or later, and more sooner than later, people will realize the frustration I've finally had with my iPad. It has no file system I can manipulate, and I can't download and watch videos for the simplest things like instructions on how to use something I just ordered online,
and I am locked out of other basic tasks for no reason other than this vague feeling of Apple being greedy and/or controlling what they think I should be allowed to do on my tablet. I am stuck using a handicapped version of Safari, I can't watch videos, I can't download apps from anywhere but an app store that won't allow developers to do innovative new things with:
1. My contact lists
2. My email and messaging.
3. My ability to buy music or videos.
4. My ability to browse the web.
5. My ability to set default apps for certain activities like maps, browsing, reading books.
I stare at my iPad and think, THIS SUCKS. Whatever was good about it a few years ago is so over with. Why the hell wouldn't I want a Windows 8 tablet or an Android tablet that has none of these problems? Why wouldn't I want my tablet to be more like a nice little touch screen computer that I can actually do things on? The answer is, I can't wait for my next tablet to give Apple the middle finger, just like I already did with my smartphone... I am in total blissful amazement that my Galaxy S3 LETS ME DO WHAT I WANT AND NEED TO DO, just like my iPhone could easily do if they didn't take painstaking measures to not let me own my own device. F-U- Apple, I am always on the front wave of trends so watch what happens in the next 2 years when the rest of the world catches on to your disrespect for consumers.
Bottom line: all the nice little advantages you talk about for the iPad are miniscule compared to being a chained slave that can't really do anything.
61. HäckeMáte posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:04 0 0
Wow you should write a novel. But first actually get an iPad so you know what your talking about. Only then do you have the right to whine.
You clearly want to bash a product youve never owned.
iPad owns the market and its not out of coincidence. Go back tonyour random reboot GS3 made put of recycled car bumpers
62. ajac09 posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:38 0 0
now that I think about it I was thinking more of the tf300T lol
63. pete69 posted on 08 Nov 2012, 14:06 0 0
Wow, great review but not what I expected.
I thought the Note would win hands down except for the hi res screen.
I'm looking for a tablet and thought the functionality of the Note made it the best buy. My wife has a iPad 3gen which we constantly have difficulty with when trying to buy online as the ios doesn't like the security used by a lot of sites.
Also the iPad needs to be paired with a PC running itunes. I'm hoping that the Note is free standing like Samsungs phones. I have tried a note in carphonewarehouse and music can be added straight from website (in my case, my skydrive) It can also copy documents straight to memory via wifi.
The pen input also appeared a major bonus for the Note but doesn't have text recognition like my daughters HP touch screen pc.
The SDcard is also a plus so I can view photos direct from my camera (although its micro SD on the NOTE). Hopefully there is decent photosoftware.
I can't find decent office software for either that allows excel to run formulea.
I think its the Note for me as Samsung are doing a wicked exchange deal online