Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
Interface and Functionality
iOS 7 on the iPad Air and TouchWiz Android on the Galaxy Tab 3 present us with completely opposite approaches to user experience. Naturally, iOS 7 is the much easier to learn and use platform, with its simple icon grid layout. There is the Notification Center menu that let's you easily see stuff like the weather, your calendar for the day, as well as other notifications, but aside from this, there isn't much else you can do with your iOS homescreen.
On the other hand, TouchWiz comes with a bunch of in-your-face widgets that may seem a bit over the top, but they do let you access a lot of things right from your homescreen. In general, Android gives you the option to have widgets on your homescreen, which is very useful; however, there is going to be a bit more of a learning curve with it. Besides its complexity, the fact that there are dozens of settings within almost every app doesn't help either. TouchWiz has become a versatile, yet cluttered interface that could use some serious simplification.
The downside to Android on a tablet is that there are much fewer apps designed to take advantage of the big screen. On the iPad, there are more than 475,000 tablet-optimized apps, while on Android, that number is way, way lower. And this is one of the biggest reasons why the iPad is the universally preferred tablet at the moment, because you can do much more with it, thanks to its advanced applications.
Processor and Memory
The iPad Air plays it safe with the cutting-edge A7 64-bit SoC, which has a dual-core Cyclone CPU at 1.4 GHz, as well as the PowerVR G6430 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 seems to be more of an experiment, as it's powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz, and complemented by 1 GB or RAM.
Performance is good on both tablets, but the iPad Air definitely treats us to a more fluid and lag-free experience.
In terms of storage space, the iPad Air is available in 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, with no option to expand that. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 comes with either 16 or 32 GB of storage, but it does feature a microSD card slot for memory expansion.
Internet and Connectivity
The iPad Air's Safari browser is well-known to iOS users, and with iOS 7, Apple has brought some much needed improvements such as full-screen view and a better tabs view. It's an incredibly fast and lag-free browser with instant response that makes browsing a joy. Also, if you're using multiple Apple devices, you get to have your tabs synced across them with the help of the cloud.
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 features Samsung's own browser in addition to Google's Chrome. Browsing is quick enough, but it's by no means as satisfying as on the iPad Air. The lower resolution isn't helping much either, as it's making text appear much worse than on the iPad.
Both tablets feature LTE and HSPA+ connectivity, so you have nothing to worry about when it comes to cellular data performance. Those willing to go with the Wi-Fi only iPad Air should keep in mind that there's no GPS receiver on that model.