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Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1



The iPad Air has a 5 MP camera, while the Galaxy Tab 3 has a 3 MP camera. In terms of camera UI, the iPad stays true to Apple's overly-simplistic design approach, and thus presents you with the bare necessities only. In contrast, the Tab 3 lets you do whatever you want with that 3 MP snapper – it has a rich set of options allowing you to tweak a lot of things, if that's what you want.

Naturally, the iPad Air has the benefit of the higher resolution, as it manages to pack slightly more detail with its images, though the difference isn't really that big. Colors are also a bit more realistic with the iPad Air most of the time, although, once again, the Galaxy Tab 3 doesn't lag too much behind. Indoors, the difference is much bigger, as the iPad Air takes well-exposed, usable images, while the Galaxy Tab fares much worse.

The Galaxy Tab 3 takes fluid 720p video, which is fine, but the 1080p footage of the iPad Air is better in terms of both resolution and quality.


Even though its display is inferior, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does have a more suitable aspect ratio for video playback. You can achieve the same image size with the iPad Air, should you decide to stretch the video so that it fills the screen, but this would mean that the leftmost and rightmost edges of the video will be cut out.

The Galaxy Tab 3 has stereo speakers positioned nicely on the opposite edges when the device is held in landscape mode. The iPad Air also has stereo speakers, but their positioning next to each other practically eliminates the stereo effect. Even then, we prefer the iPad's speakers, because they sound way better, especially in the lower frequency range.

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posted on 20 Nov 2013, 04:36 5

1. olamba333 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Oct 2013)

I think samsung tab 3 is better

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 05:05 6

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 07:43 3

8. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

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

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 05:32 5

3. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 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.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 06:04

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Good post +1

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 06:52 2

7. Diezparda (Posts: 889; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 07:43 1

9. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

see what I mean about the iphonearena lol

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 06:32 3

5. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

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

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 16:00

15. john23523 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Jan 2014)

lol, people are talking about it.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 06:42 4

6. baller23 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

And the Samsung wins !!

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 12:06

10. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)

I wanna see an Lg gpad 9.7

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 22:52

11. verty (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 May 2012)

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

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 08:18

12. Mubarak (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 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.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 15:59

14. john23523 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 15:58

13. john23523 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Jan 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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