Camera


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.


Multimedia


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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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: 31092; 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: 2371; 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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