The new iPad and the Galaxy Tab S3 go on sale today, are you picking one?

The new iPad and the Galaxy Tab S3 go on sale today, are you picking one?
Apple's regular tablet line was getting a bit long in the tooth, as the last non-Pro iPad, the Air 2, came as far back as October 2014. While it has certainly become clear by now that people don't upgrade their tablets as often as their phones, two and a half years is a reasonable pause before the next iteration. 

Surely enough, Apple just got to the airwaves this week to announce a new and improved 9.7" iPad, but even without a "one more thing" uttered on stage, this one took us for a surprise anyway. Priced to move at $329 for the base version, the new iPad comes in silver, gold and space gray, and will be available to order at Apple.com and Apple Stores today, at 8am Pacific/11am Eastern. It's not a huge upgrade to its predecessor, but does come with a faster chipset and Touch ID scanner, and, at $330 for the Wi-Fi model, has never been cheaper.

Samsung strikes back today with its souped-up Galaxy Tab S3, whose predecessor was also outed quite a long time ago, in 2015. While the Tab S3 is a high-end $599 slate that is more of a direct competition to the iPad Pro 9.7, rather than Apple-s new 10-incher, its launch is certainly designed to coincide with the new iPad that Apple announced, and steal some of its thunder. It's certainly the most exciting week in the tablet universe that we've had for a while, that is why we wanted to ask you whether you intend to pick one of these slates, and which one would you get - the Pad or the Tab.

The new iPad and the Tab S3 go on sale today, are you picking one?

Yes, I'm getting the new 9.7" iPad
20.4%
Yes, I'm getting the Galaxy Tab S3
42.95%
I'll pass
36.65%

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iPad 9.7-inch
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1850 MHz
  • Battery 8827 mAh
Galaxy Tab S3
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh

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25 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Pass. I don't see the point of tablets, especially after being involved in the pilot program for one at work. Though, I did just support one on Kickstarter the other day.

3. nicknack84

Posts: 48; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Which one?

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Meh, both bastardized ARM tablets are a useless joke compared to my Surface Pro 2...

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or SP3 or SP4. The only thing ARM tablets are good at is playing simple games, web browsing and music/video playback. Yes you can do some productivity. Microsoft Office is nice on ARM< but X86 is better. Surface has higher resolutions, includes a pen, the pen never needs charging, though it has a battery. The screen is bigger and sharper. Its equally as portable as the iPad and cost about the same. The SP can use a mouse, the iPad...not so much! Surface allows unlimited windows, unlimite storage options, unlimited forms of input. Tablet mode sucks for desktop apps, but is perfect for the mobile apps. Even the Type Cover is better than Apple's Keyboard for the iPad Pro. The N-Trig Pen is loads better too, and its not because it has an eraser. But that is a plus.

9. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

i never had that view point until this week. I just picked up a SP4 i5 128GB. Can do all I want with Excel now. Still need get the keyboard.

14. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Although I have a Surface Pro 4, it cant replace a multimedia tablet like the iPad or Tab S3. Sure it has a high resolution screen, it also has worse battery life and the interface isn't touch friendly. So power users > Surface Pro Mums > iPad/Tab S3

18. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Tablets are being squeezed out by large smartphones and competent 2-in-one laptops. People buy cheapo tablets by the case and throw them away when something goes wrong. But seriously, is someone wants a tablet for multimedia entertainment, iPad Pro 9.7 with its awesome 4 speakers makes videos and gaming much more enjoyable. Tab S3 tried to copy that, but ended up with 4 smartphone speakers that don't sound nearly as good. Nice try Samsung.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not buying either.

6. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

People either use a smaller screen phone plus a tablet or just use a phablet.

7. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

S3 is a disappoint, there is enough space to add front facing speaker. Should have also had 16:9 screen raito for movies.

8. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Phones are getting bigger,note 8 expected to be 6.4, and laptop / notebooks are getting more compact 11.6- 12.5. There is just very little room for a product that does everything your phone does,and since they are both running mobile is versions, they can't fully replace a web os.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll pass, my 256 gig 12.9 is all the tablet I need. I love that thing.

11. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Waiting for a true successor to my note 10.1 2014 edition. Guess its going to be a wait for eternity as Samsung seems to have ditched the larger note line altogether. Oh well, at least the geniuses at XDA allow me to run the latest android version on it. Currently rocking Lineage OS 14.1 Nougat 7.1.1 on my note 10.1 and it rocks!!! Still fast enough to run every single game on the play store (may struggle with future ones though) and the speakers are great.

15. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I feel you man. I waited and waited until I bought a Surface last year. I truly loved that tablet and Samsung decided to shun it. I would still be using it but it stopped working and I decided its time to move on

12. shnibz

Posts: 509; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with Some pen (long enough name there Samsung?) And it's all the tablet I'll ever need for at the time $200. Very good tablet that went overlooked by many.

16. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hi shnibz, i totally agree with you since my work colleague has the Tab A 10.1 with s-pen and I get the chance to play with it almost every day. It is a damn good tablet for the price and good for you. But the problem is for someone like me who already has theoretically a higher specced actual Note, it is very difficult to mentally convince myself to switch to it because in my mind it is a downgrade as the Tab A has lesser RAM, lower resolution screen and even though has a newer processor, scores less in benchmarks. Make no mistake, the TAB A 10.1 with s-pen is a fine tablet on its own, but I am not too sure it is an upgrade over my note 10.1 2014.

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Air 2 still good enough for me. Rather use it then the problematic PC. I like a tablet in my tablet. Why I'm not convince about the Surface I keep hearing about. If I need a computer I have a desktop. I may get a Surface when I retired my desktop. Maybe. Still looks little bulky to carry around. It would just stay at home.

17. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I'll pass on these tablets. I got my LG G Pad III a few months ago. I've had a Samsung tablet before and it was really slow, so I won't go back to them

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The Tab S3 has a snapdragon 820 in it, so you can expect pretty satisfying performance. As for the occasional lag; every device lags. Even the iPad Pro 12.9 inch does! It's just that lag on Samsung tablets is greater than on competing iOS tablets.

19. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

This shows the division of PA readers. Most pick the samsung for cutting edge specs. We are geeks after all. Then theres those on a budget and those who just think tablets are a joke. The response is expected.

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You may or may not be right, after all. It isn't necessary that people are picking Samsung due to its cutting edge specs, which aren't so cutting edge considering iPad Pro implemented them a year and a half ago. Wherever there's a poll on phonearena regarding Apple and Samsung, the latter always wins, atleast lately. It could be that really honest people are voting in Samsung's favour. Or it could be, that people who dislike Apple are voting in Samsung's favour just to make sure Apple loses, even if they aren't even buying the Tab S3. That's the reason I can easily guess Samsung will come out as the winner in pretty much every poll. Who knows, maybe I am wrong! But not necessarily.

20. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Waiting for the OLED GALAXY BOOK

21. KashunatoR

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I'm still waiting for a successor to my beloved Tab S 10.5. If they don't make one, I'll keep this one until it breaks. I can't stand the 4:3 format.

22. Kattz

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 07, 2015

I was so disappointed when Samsung didn't make a successor to the Note 8 or it's larger brother. I bought the Tab S2 with a Logitech keyboard and I use it constantly. It's great for the train. It fits in a purse. And that's it right there. Women have somewhere to carry it. Guys generally don't and if they do carry a bag it's big enough for an ultrabook or a Surface. If I were upgrading today, I would wait for an aftermarket keyboard. With those POGO pins, if there is one it will likely be bluetooth. Hopefully Logitech will come out a keyboard for the Tab S3. I don't like Samsung's keyboards. I bought and returned the Samsung branded Tab S2 keyboard. It was bulky and awkward to use. If you folded the keyboard behind the tablet it put it to sleep. I have had zero problems with the Tab S2 keyboard from Logitech. Many reviewers are listing the keyboard as a negative for the Tab S3. It also puts the tablet to sleep at unexpected times. The choice between these two is basically which OS you prefer. I'm not an Apple person. I do own an iPad mini 2 and I'm impressed that it still gets updated. Unfortunately, even a tablet as expensive as the Tab S3 is a throwaway because it will stop getting updates long before it's useful life is over.

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Oh....so there's a note 8 too. Hurray! Samsung finally made a successor to the Galaxy Unexplode 7.

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