Introduction


So, this has been an inevitable face-off: on one hand we have Apple's finest tablet, and on the other - Samsung's mainstream one. Even though they now occupy different classes, we're finding it hard to ignore the Galaxy Tab line, as it marked the beginning of Sammy's participation in the tablet race.

With a somewhat more generic-looking specs-sheet and without an S Pen stylus to differentiate it, though, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 seems to be left quite defenseless against the assault of the powerfully-armed iPad Air. But, will this really prove to be such a one-sided affair? Won't the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 be able to unleash a secret weapon of some sort and prove that it, too, deserves its place on the market? Well, it does have its cheaper price, which is a good place to start... Let's take a closer look and see which one's the better deal!

Design


The iPad Air is as premium as you can get in the tablet world. The device is made of high-quality aluminum and comes in two beautiful color variations. Not only this, but the iPad Air is also remarkably compact and lightweight considering the sizable 9.7” display it's packing. Physical keys are also exceptionally well-made, and as a whole, using the iPad Air will be a pleasant and satisfying experience.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 can't offer you that much with regards to visual appeal with its generic-looking plastic body and heavier weight. The Tab 3 10.1 has a decidedly mid-range look, that doesn't stand out in any way considering not only the iPad Air, but also some other offerings out there such as the LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Surface 2 or Kindle Fire HDX. The physical keys of the Tab 3 aren't particularly well-made, as they don't have that nice clickiness to them.


Display


The 9.7” display of the Apple iPad Air totally has the upper hand against the 10.1” panel of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, thanks to its higher resolution (2048 x 1536 for the iPad Air versus 1280 x 800 for the Tab 3). The result of this is that everything looks much cleaner and nicer on the iPad Air, due to its higher pixel density of 264 ppi. The pixel density of the Tab 3 10.1 stands at just 149 ppi.

The iPad Air's display is also much better calibrated. Its gamma is near perfect, meaning that both lighter and darker levels will be exactly as light or dark as they need to be. On the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, everything except the brightest levels is darker than it should, making for an unnecessarily contrasty image. Colors are also way better balanced on the iPad Air. Delta E (color error) values for Apple's tablet are at record low levels (the lower, the better), while this certainly isn't the case with the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, where everything appears quite bluish.

When viewed outdoors, the display of the iPad Air seems a bit easier to read. Its higher brightness output allows it to reach about 430 nits max, while the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 maxes out at about 400 nits.

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15 Comments

1. olamba333

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 17, 2013

I think samsung tab 3 is better

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes Tab 3 is better. PA thinks every iStuff is premium.

8. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Iphonearena has apple so far up its butt its not even funny anymore.

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

@itsdeepak4u2000, just cause PA is finding istuff is premium, there only saying that in comparison to the plastic devices which therefore makes the iPad or istuff premium. Where as if u had a HTC one vs iPhone 5s, PA is not that ignorant to say only I stuff is premium they'll say BOTH are premium.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post +1

7. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

"that Apple does a fabulous job of making plastic look cool!", that exactly what they saying on 5c review. Seriously? 5c is made of plastic and it's colorfull and glossy which is even worst and it's look like a toy (an expensive toy) Just saying althought i'm agree the iPad looks better when it compared to Galaxy tab, it is premium (literally) since it's more expensive as well. But i think debating over premium material is kinda pointless since you gonna put some case on it.

9. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

see what I mean about the iphonearena lol

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It's kind of pointless and idiotic to compare a flagship tablet to a midrange device that no one is talking about.

15. john23523

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 03, 2014

lol, people are talking about it.

6. baller23

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

And the Samsung wins !!

10. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

I wanna see an Lg gpad 9.7

11. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Seemingly biased review. Ray S loves apple too much don't do comparisons no more.

12. Mubarak

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I wonder what Appleboy will say when I tell him I bought the Tab 3 10.1 for $290 at Bestbuy on Black Friday. I use my tablet as a GPS, among other things. As Appleboy said, the WiFi version of the iPad has no GPS receiver. Also, as he says, there is no SD card slot on the Air. As you can see, suddenly we are spending $700+ for all the wonderful advantages of the iPad Air. In truth, I use my tablet to surf the web in the bathroom. For real work, I use my docked notebook with 3 24" 1920x1200 monitors, Core i7 CPU, 32 GB RAM, SSD drive etc etc. Spending $700+ on a tablet to me is madness. There is room in the market for a fine 10" tablet under $300, and that is what I have.

14. john23523

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 03, 2014

A Core i7 with 32gb of ram? That is so unnecessary for "work".

13. john23523

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 03, 2014

This review is deliberately bias, and noncritical of the Ipad air. The reviewer focused on only criticizing the Galaxy Tab 3, while pointing out more cons than positives, while pointing out absolutely NO cons about the Ipad. An unreliable "article".

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