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.



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: 31030; 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: 2370; 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: 24; 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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