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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 22 Nov 2013, 09:16 3

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

The problem I have with cloud storage is that I don't always want to have to rely on an internet connection. Mobile device manufacturers are pushing toward cloud based storage all the while mobile carriers are trying to force consumers out of their unlimited data plans. I have a real problem with paying my mobile carrier a premium to access my own data. I'd rather have larger amounts of local storage to do as I please with.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 16:55

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

Yeah, and as an IT expert I know that the cloud promises big, but fails to deliver:
Storing gigabytes and gigabytes costs a lot of money and upload and download from the cloud (so access) takes AGES, so is not even feasible really. And the cell plans and coverage in the US is a total joke, substandard to say the least. Europe is far better in that respect. But they do invest in fiber of course. And if you film for example in Full HD, videos become gigantically big and sync to the cloud is pretty much useless.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 10:14

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

I can download a few gigs of data in a few minutes. We're not using ancient internet here, download speeds of 6-10mb/s is pretty common place.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 11:01 1

65. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Two words:


posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:34

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

Exactly that's why chromebook replaces ipad perfectly. ;)

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:35

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

Exactly my point. I own the Android Tablet and I'm quite pleased with it. The lack of accessories from Samsung or aftermarket companies is the biggest drawback. The ipad has thousands...

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 12:16 7

28. poping (unregistered)

note 10.1 for me...

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 13:56 6

29. keari (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Jul 2013)

Phonearena should no not all people prefer simplicity, i like complexity.
Of the two i'll definitely go for the galaxy tab, the ipad is devoid of many features. As i usually say the ipad is fast due to lack of features

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 14:06

30. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

In the hardware comparison the iPad only has up to 64GB but it can actually go up to 128GB

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 16:39

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 24997; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Finally got my mini 2, loving this puppy so far. 32 gig space gray/black.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 21:11 6

33. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)

Of Course I Chose Galaxy 10.1 2014 edition, ipad air is nothing :D

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 02:50 3

35. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)

21 iPad Airs are returned for every 100 sold.

iPad Air is a massive FAIL!!!

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 07:12

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


posted on 18 Nov 2013, 07:16 3

45. gamblor77 (Posts: 116; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

This is the most biased piece of trash I've ever read. Why even bother pretending to compare 2 devices when you've already made up your mind before even trying anything else? I'll admit the ipad is a very fast and well built tablet but it's also still a large ipod touch and is very limited as to what it can do. It's just a glorified app launcher and nothing more. So it's not for everyone, especially people who know how to use a computer. That being said; I swear to god half the phonearena staff are paid by Apple on the side and these guys guys are just shills for Apple. What a waste of time to read.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 16:30

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

Well, don't worry, the review is clear on details like configurability and possibilities. So if you want a simple device that is limited, if you have hardly any requirements, of what you want to do, if your tech IQ is lower, then the iPad is perfect for you, as you don't have to think that much. But if you are an user that likes a powerful device and be able to do a lot of stuff with it, then you will use an Android. Also, currently you are likely to buy Android if you are interested in anything else than standard fare, because Apple just does not offer them in much variety and feature sets. Take the Galaxy Note Tablet for example, the product being reviewed here: Apple has absolutely nothing comparable. Being able to use the device as a full fledged replacement for paper, having a pressure sensitive screen that you can write on and draw on, and the whole thing being very high resolution (300 DPI, that is what a Laser Printer produces), there is really no alternative. I bought the Galaxy Note initialy for this purpose: Apple had nothing that even came close. No pen, no digitizer pad and the Note had a screen double as large as any iPhone. Apple users laughed at "wow, how large is that! Totally too large!"
And now? Now everybody is doing it, and screens have never been larger.
It is a little example of how Apple is now playing catch up, instead of being the leader.
Mind you by the way, quoting the famous quote of Jobs "if they use a pen in a tablet/phone, they got it wrong".
The Galaxy Note phone and tablet don't NEED the pen for using it normally, you can use it with your fingers all right, but to take notes and do drawings and concepts, the pen rules supreme. After all, you would to want to dip your finger in ink and draw on a paper, you take a pen to do that ;-)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 11:56

47. firstmithrandir (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

Both devices have cons. I have Ipad 2 since a long time and recently I got Samsung Note 10.1 2014, version white.
I would say like that: both devices have comparable cpu / gpu. The ipad one is in some cases faster, the Samsung should be more multitasking, because of its 4 cores.
I bought long time a go ipad 2 16 GB 3G, because I would like to make on it notes. My experience was like that:
- I like that there are so many good application, this is due to the iOS programming way. I do iOS programming for my work and I enjoy it a lot. The XCode is a great tool and it is cheep when compare to most of the software you find on Windows platform. You have nice design SDK with most useful icons / elements / tools. You have a great debug tools. It cost you 99$ a year. On Windows, Visual Studio costs much more and without Intel debug tools you can not even optimize application on it.
- There are this cool applications, which shows you all hot application deals, like AppZappPro.
- The GoodReader is the best pdf reading application I have ever saw.
- There is a great Omnifocus tool. Applications to make notes, mind mapping.
- The 4:3 screen is the best what you can have to read and keep a device in your hands, particularly vertical. Some bastards claims from 10 year on that the 16:9 resolution is great, but I really hate this idea. Try to work on 16:9 screens. All of them I have at my work have 16:10 resolution. It is like we should on any computer only watch movies, nothing more?
- you have iTunes, iTunes U, Kindle too.
Other side:
- I had tried to get flash working with ipad and there was almost no way. Now it is less annoying, but few years ago it was a disaster. You can not go to book some tickets, most of the movies on many pages are not working. You have to use only youtube from mobile app, which by this time shows you not so good results. There were this crappy cloud computing application, but non of them have good experience, it is like remote blur desktop.
- I have tried to do the most important thing: taking notes. I got many nice applications. I got few pens and it just did not work our. You have to have our hand up to do not touch a screen. I found out that I had to buy some gloves. You have to have this 0,5 cm gummy strange pen which hide all the informations. I have tried for few weeks without bigger success.
- Then other problem arise. Each application have to have its own space. So sometimes it is double.
- I have tried to see a photos from my SD card. It was impossible to see it directly. You have only option to copy it, but then try to copy it if you have only 16 GB on device, no way, you are stuck.
- Finally my memory finished and I could not update or install applications anymore, do not saying about media content. Each time I have to delete something.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 11:57

48. firstmithrandir (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

- I have tried to read books, it was ok, but I could not get use to search, for me flipping a book was just faster. I hate this that for most books I have to buy a kindle version / ibook version and then a paper one. Event I have tried for many times, if still I have to chose, I will go for a paper version of a book and then when I can not take it with me, I am buying kindle version. Kindle itself is so much crap on the market. The beautiful books format is cut to oversimplified version, which is much worse than the ones used in the editors in the mid 90ties.
Then I got Samsung Note phone on which I could use S Pen and I almost stop to use ipad. It was always too full and on my note I could always write and I love this idea.

Now I got a new tandem: Samsung Note 3 32 GB LTE black + Samsung Note 10.1 2014 16 GB LTE white. This are the standard version you can get from Amazon / Saturn on German market.

- Note 3 had it bigger problems in the beginning. You had this regional lock, but it was almost corrected in the newer software update. Now you have to register your phone with a local regional sim card and later on you can use a card from anywhere around the world.
- Note 3 had a problem with Knox system. When you have tried to root a phone, some system control would fire some e-fuse on the board. You can have problems later on with guaranty, you can not use Knox system on it anymore. As I know the Knox system check up and e-fuse can be already bypass by the new software. I never root my phone, maybe my old HTC, but it is good to know that it is still possible.
- I put on both devices 64 GB cards. This is a big plus. Nowdays 64 GB is only for 50 EUR. You can always take a card and put on it whatever you want. I have formated both to FAT32 and I can use them with my old Note too. I can copy to this cards whatever I want. Pdf, photos... I'm looking for microSD 128 GB cards.

-Note 3 Action memo is a must have function. This is my system of making fast information notes. Getting numbers, people names, important facts.
- There is this one greatest application ever on Android market: Papyrus. You can make a notes on infinity size page. It is like wow. You can make notes, save them, share between devices, make a pdf out of them.
- I have installed on both devices flash player and I can use it with for example Dolphin Browser. I can go for normal youtube page and I can watch a flash player context. What a big improvement.

To summarize, I could write much more. The best would be to have Samsung Note 10.1 2014 with iOS integrated. The Samsung hardware is already better then Apple one, but the iOS ecosystem is still more mature then Android one. Particularly if you buy tablet, because a lot of applications on Android can be used only with phone vertical orientation and have small resolution.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 11:58

49. firstmithrandir (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

I would say that if you do not need S Pen you can go for iPad. Better applications, better media available context. If you need node taking device then sorry, I am stiil waiting for Apple to add this 5 EUR digitizer to their devices for the last 5 year. No digitizer, no note taking, no Apple. I heard about professional artist which switch from windows to Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. I am sorry many people would not buy 3000 EUR Wacom devices. I can not understand it. Why not so many people care about me, about us. Why Wacom do not want to put his technology to most device on the market and it concentrate on 0,01 % of users only?

When it comes to phones then I was using for some time parallel Samsung Note and iPhone 5, but now Note 3 have all advantages of iphone plus a bigger screen. I can read a book on it. It is nice to read web, to make notes of course. The only advantage of iPhone 5 is that is is still faster then Android. Even with Note 3 the difference is now smaller.

If Apple will make bigger screen for iPhone and put on their device digitizer then I would think about moving back. At the moment only Samsung with Note series cares about people like me. I am waiting for the iPad / Note 12 inch size.

This is 3 comments my review.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 18:13

85. dougiefresh181 (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)

Iphone/ipad will never have a digitizer or pen, that was promised by jobs before his end. And media playback is a joke on ios, you can only download/stream/play up to 256kbps mp3 files for music and apples locked down m4v movies, whereas on android I can play anything from apples locked down files to 126kbps ring tones to flawless flac files all on the same device

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 18:01

55. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

The argument nevers stops. One is "better than the other" stupidity. I guess the fact that you "own" one makes it better for ever one else? Wrong. What is good for you is not good, or should I say, might not be the option for me. If you want any of them, please go for that but don't come here spewing your "hatred" for one while expressing your opinion and love for the other as the "best"

posted on 24 Nov 2013, 05:17 1

57. leokh (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)

After reviewing samsung galaxy note 10.1 (2014) from many sites and having a physical feel of the demo set at the shops, I still don't think it is a match for ipad Air.

It is still less smooth, graphics not as great as ipad Air, look and feel of the device still cannot match with ipad Air.

I am a Android fan and user now using my Note 3 after moving to Galaxy S3 after ditching Apple iphone 4S. I am still using my ipad 2 for a few years now, but looking for a great Android tablet to replace it. So far all the Apple tablets still leads the pack and will I get a new ipad Air? The answer is a flat NO.

I will never go back to Apple anymore because of its limitation and restrictions it has for the users. Also, all things shared or stored has to be with iTunes which is slow and stupid. Also, there is no file system and external SD card for you to move files and anything from tablet to any other device which is stupid.

There are many basic functionality that isn't found in any apple device be it iphone or ipad, so most people have to jailbreak to get some of these functionalities which jailbreaking is a nightmare as everytime you upgrade to a newer version, you have to find a jailbreak for it and the whole process will take many hours possible 6-8 hours of your time including backup and restore of your apps etc.

Disappointed that Samsung or Google hasn't come up with a solid tablet for me to drop my ipad 2. Have dropped iphone 4S long time ago and never looked back.

posted on 24 Nov 2013, 13:07 2

58. miket247 (Posts: 81; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)

What about Price? Lets overlook that cause we all know that its not good for Apple. No biased here, when its not in Apple's favour, iPhoneArena just overlooks it!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 06:57

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

You're aware that the note is more expensive, right?

posted on 24 Nov 2013, 16:32 1

59. spectereid (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)

Although samsung gives now more freedom but whn the jailbreak is released hopefully this month dont even try to say sam cause i will give u my middle finger and walk away

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 18:18

86. dougiefresh181 (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)

Even with a jailbroken ios device, you don't get the functionality of a stock android. I already have a file system and native support for themes and various file types such as flac and mkv. Even jailbroken, you still have to get your apps and media through itunes. If I root my tablet and use a custom recovery, I can install entirely different operating systems, such as desktop linux, ubuntu touch, Firefox and custom versions of android

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 06:55

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

You can play flac on an iPhone, you just need to download a 3rd party app. Which, by the way, is the same thing I had to do on my S4 to get it to play flac. But honestly, why are you listening to flac on your mobile device? You're never going to be able to hear the difference unless you're carrying around $10,000 worth of sound equipment with you; reproduction on mobile devices is not very good. But beyond that, I'm not going to discuss jailbreaking vs rooting as a feature. Both companies are vehemently opposed to it and will go to great lengths to not honour your warranty if they suspect it.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 09:51 1

60. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

This statement is not only STUPID but also very Apple kiss-ass:

"We should also note that there's a substantial difference when it comes to aspect ratio. The iPad Air stays true to 4:3, which makes it very convenient for web browsing and reading, while the Note 10.1 has a 16:9 display that's more suitable for video playback."

Are you freakin kidding me?? Almost every computing monitor built for desktops or laptops supports a 16:9 and in some rare occasions, a 16:10 display. Even the iphone moved to that format.

Ipad is the only POS that is still on 4:3. So, what's "true" about it? It's truly outdated is what it is!

Get your sh!t straight Ray S.!!! PhoneArena needs to hire people that actually KNOW TECHNOLOGY instead of regurgitating kiss ass Apple dribble.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 10:01 2

61. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)


"Besides its complexity, the fact that there are dozens of settings within almost every app doesn't help either."

Do you know how stupid it would be to have to, say, open up Google Chrome and instead of changing the settings of Chrome within the app, you had to leave the app and go into the OS's settings in order to change settings?

That's how IOS works and that is UTTERLY BAD UI DESIGN.

If the user needs to change a Chrome settings, put the Chrome settings *inside* the Chrome app.

That's how it's supposed to be, genius.

But, I guess that may seem complex to VERY STUPID PEOPLE like you.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 10:11 2

62. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Does the "S" in Ray S. stand for "SuckUpToApple"??

"The on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is more versatile – it has an extra row with numbers, and it also tries to display a bit too many things at the same time, resulting in keys of smaller size compared to those on the iPad Air's on-screen keyboard. So, yeah, you may have to do a few additional presses in order to type the same thing using the iPad's keyboard, but most of the time users will feel more comfortable doing so with it, rather than with the Note."

Besides dedicated row of numbers, which (unlike what Ray S. is trying to get people to believe) is actually VERY CONVENIENT & EFFICIENT, the Samsung keyboard has only 1 extra key over the IOS keyboard.

Not only that, the Samsung screen is larger and can accommodate the DEDICATED number row with ease.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 10:15

63. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

I left i-PhoneArena for about a year and accidentally came back. I can see now that nothing has changed.

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