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Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Nov 2013, 04:22

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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posted on 16 Nov 2013, 04:48 6

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

To choose between these two great tabs is really difficult.
Definitely the best tabs so far.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 20:56

50. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Costco is giving $100 off the Samsung 10.1 and other Samsung tablets as well.

In fact, Costco has been discounting Samsung tablets for a long time. I understand Samsung wants people to believe their tablets are worth the MSRP -- but just try to sell them, and you will see these Samsung tablets just don't hold their value.

Think about it -- if brand new Samsung tablets are being discounted at the getgo, it's a strong signal you've just wasted your money. A $100 discount off the 10.1 is not an insignificant amount.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:42

70. n.d.p (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)

You buy tools to use them not to sell them. Or? Is it more like clothes for you?

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 18:28

79. SOUPCAN (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)

Thats $100 off of the 2013 Galaxy Tab 3 not the 2014 model being reveiwed above you moron. Thanks for the stupid argument. Its called pricing the old models to move, similiar to clearance. Nice try though....

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 05:04 2

3. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

There is a very good reason going for Samsung :
You will get it for FREE if you purchase a TV (or the upcoming GS5)

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 05:31 1

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


posted on 16 Nov 2013, 05:26

4. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

windows tablet (no rt) > every android tab >> any ios device
in my opinion.
I love freedom

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 05:51 2

8. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

Of course you do.
You may also respect others' freedom transferring your personal data to their sites.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 09:08 2

21. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Especially Dell Venue 11 or 8 Pro. The greatest.
But for Pen-functionality, concerning artists , Note line is still the best

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 16:22

78. dekoy316 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

Freedom? Freedom to do what? Choose from a list of screened widgets to add to the home screen at the cost of battery life (for $5 a widget of course)? I've owned android and ios devices, and the "freedom" everybody talks about is an illusion. You are faced with the same constraints on an android device.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 03:48

82. nigratruo (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Dec 2013)

So, in your book iOS not having any widgets at all is a feature? Hmm, since when does having a possibility and not having a possibility equal the same? Battery life? Oh, another good point for Android: On Apple devices, your are stuck with the standard battery. On Android, you can easily buy more of them. I got 4 for my galaxy Note and bigger ones too than standard, cost me 40 bucks extra and I can exchange them, so I have enough power for continuous use for a intercontinental trip to Europe.
No, that Android is the same dumb restrictive system than iOS, nobody that knows both will believe that.
More restrictions of course equal less brain use and easier to use for tech stupid users, I admit that. But then I am not one of these 5 braincell users ;-)
I got my widgets for free by the way, I don't know what you are doing wrong. Yes, on iOS all the apps are more expensive too, but don't assume that for Android. Question: Do you really have an Android device or are you just pretending?

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 05:43 2

7. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

I feel sorry for the losers who buy any of these products.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 06:10 2

9. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

I think you prefer Nokia 2520, but as far as its a RT tablet, its not a good choice.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 06:50 2

14. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

I feel sorry for you...what you say does not make any sense.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 06:10 6

10. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

2560*1600 is 16:10, not 16:9

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 06:27

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

I can't wait for Sony's next years tablet. Even if I hate tablets though lol.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 06:46 2

13. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Cool comparison. I couldn't find any hints of bias... let's see what the trolls will say.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:38

69. n.d.p (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)

Have you tried both devices? :D

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 07:07 8

15. euklidis (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

S-Pen! Galaxy Wins!

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 07:30 1

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Keeping my data in an iPad has lock me into the respective app and the Apple eco system. Data portability is an issue.

Take quite a big effort to move my ipad data out thanks to Springpad. Its a multi platform able to access thru PC Mac iPad and Android.

I basically cut and paste my way out of iOS data lock down.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 08:38

17. sniper1087 (Posts: 532; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

A lot of people mention rt lack of apps, considering that all the apps which are over 100k are optimized or the tablet, in contrast with android which Im not sure how many apps are optimized, but things that kind of impressed me on the windows tablets, rt or not is the fact that you can truly multitask, if Im in the browser and get a skype call, it will put the browser to the side of skype , so I can still browse and talk. Yes I know that the note 3 has multiwindow, but is limited to the apps supported, which is not everything out there.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 08:51

19. hanzawhtet7 (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)

Where is the spec comparison chart?

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 08:58 3

20. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

They are both over-priced (esp the ipad).

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 09:17 7

22. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Note 10(black version) is more beautiful and comfortable to hold, than iPad Air.
For such big device , thin side bezels on portrait mode , are pain. No matter how light the device is.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 09:48 7

24. 1113douglas (Posts: 200; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)

If your going by which tablet is faster and can do more. The note is an easy win.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 10:35 2

26. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Lol at graphics bench run onscreen when one device has a significantly higher resolution

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 12:03 10

27. spo (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Apr 2009)

I don't like Android tablets but come on already with the iPad. I feel like any tech writer that's writing a review or comparison with the iPad coming out on top is lazy. It's a cop-out. Everything that the iPad does well in these reviews is punctuated and everything that the competition does well is mentioned then glossed over with little praise. At the end of the day the iOS app store is going to beat out the competition but this isn't supposed to be a review about the "app ecosystem" it's about two competing devices.

There's never a mention in these reviews about how annoying it is to have to use iTunes for everything with the iPad. No mention about how there's no file system and sometimes no simple way to take a file off of the iPad to open on a computer or other device. At least Android devices use the simple tried and true notion of "drag and drop". Expandable memory slots are also a great way to share media between devices which are forever lacking on iOS devices.

I think it's great that the Galaxy has "dozens of settings within almost every app". Sometimes there isn't enough control in iOS. Every time I open the iOS Facebook app I get a dialogue box telling me I should turn on WIFI for better location accuracy. Same goes for when I open maps. It would be nice to have a setting to turn that off. There are tons of frustrating quirks in iOS that never get mentioned that would be totally picked apart and harped on if it was on an Android device or Windows Phone during a review.

I'm not knocking the iPad, I think it does what it does well and it's the most elegant tablet design but these writers need to be more original or just stop writing about Apple products.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 05:22 4

36. Zimakool (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

Best explanation that I've ever read from someone who uses IOS

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 21:27

53. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Your expandable memory slot argument reminds me of the Iomega Zip drives. It's the same argument when the 3.5" floppy drive was discontinued and we went to CD drives.

The unfortunate thing is technology continues to advance -- storage will be cloud based. Expandable memory devices are relics of dated technology. The reasons I can think of using physical memory devices is for archive and security.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 23:08 3

54. Zimakool (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

I for one appreciate having the best of both worlds. I don't care to much for cloud storage, I don't usually use it and yes you are right about Security. I like that Samsung hasn't taken that choice away from consumers.

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