Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Apple iPad 3

Unless you've been hiding under a rock the last month or so, you're probably well aware about the all-out no holds barred war raging between Apple and Samsung in the court system. For consumers though, the battle that concerns them right now is between two highly prized tablets vying for supremacy in the market. Very recently, Samsung launched its long awaited Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet – the Korean company's answer to Apple's ever-beloved new iPad. With its S-Pen stylus in hand, Samsung is betting that its pen is going to be mightier than the metaphorical sword wielded by the new iPad, which so happens to have a stranglehold on the market.


Frankly, neither tablet exudes a fresh design enough to enamor our inner most desires – especially when they're oh so conventional. Regardless of that, it's the iPad's premium brushed aluminum casing that cements itself as the more solidly constructed tablet. Well, it's not to say that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is an ugly duckling, but considering that it's almost similar in footprint and weight, especially when it's donning an all-plastic body, it's not going to win people over as much from a first impression. It is slightly thinner though.

Taking a quick peek around the sides of these two highly esteemed tablets, they share many commonalities – such as a proprietary dock port, microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, volume control, and dedicated power button. However, Samsung throws in some additional goodies that seemingly increase its value. Specifically, these appreciated additions include an IR blaster that turns the Galaxy a note 10.1 into a universal remote, and the specialized functions found with its S-Pen stylus.


Visually speaking, the iPad's Retina display is a remarkable thing to behold, even more when its 2048 x 1536 resolution obliterates the 1280 x 800 resolution of the Galaxy Note 10.1. Without question, the iPad's 9.7" IPS LCD panel surely boasts the initial appeal due to its sharper looks, superb viewing angles, and slightly warmer color tones. In contrast, however, the 10.1" Super PLS LCD panel of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is still a decent looker – though, it's less inclined to wow people with its lower resolution and weaker viewing angles. Still, it has the distinct advantage of offering superior accuracy and precision thanks to its S-Pen functionality using Wacom technology. Come to think of it, there's no other mainstream tablet that offers that kind of technology.



63. pete69

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Wow, great review but not what I expected. I thought the Note would win hands down except for the hi res screen. I'm looking for a tablet and thought the functionality of the Note made it the best buy. My wife has a iPad 3gen which we constantly have difficulty with when trying to buy online as the ios doesn't like the security used by a lot of sites. Also the iPad needs to be paired with a PC running itunes. I'm hoping that the Note is free standing like Samsungs phones. I have tried a note in carphonewarehouse and music can be added straight from website (in my case, my skydrive) It can also copy documents straight to memory via wifi. The pen input also appeared a major bonus for the Note but doesn't have text recognition like my daughters HP touch screen pc. The SDcard is also a plus so I can view photos direct from my camera (although its micro SD on the NOTE). Hopefully there is decent photosoftware. I can't find decent office software for either that allows excel to run formulea. I think its the Note for me as Samsung are doing a wicked exchange deal online

60. Mobile_CTO

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Sooner or later, and more sooner than later, people will realize the frustration I've finally had with my iPad. It has no file system I can manipulate, and I can't download and watch videos for the simplest things like instructions on how to use something I just ordered online, and I am locked out of other basic tasks for no reason other than this vague feeling of Apple being greedy and/or controlling what they think I should be allowed to do on my tablet. I am stuck using a handicapped version of Safari, I can't watch videos, I can't download apps from anywhere but an app store that won't allow developers to do innovative new things with: 1. My contact lists 2. My email and messaging. 3. My ability to buy music or videos. 4. My ability to browse the web. 5. My ability to set default apps for certain activities like maps, browsing, reading books. I stare at my iPad and think, THIS SUCKS. Whatever was good about it a few years ago is so over with. Why the hell wouldn't I want a Windows 8 tablet or an Android tablet that has none of these problems? Why wouldn't I want my tablet to be more like a nice little touch screen computer that I can actually do things on? The answer is, I can't wait for my next tablet to give Apple the middle finger, just like I already did with my smartphone... I am in total blissful amazement that my Galaxy S3 LETS ME DO WHAT I WANT AND NEED TO DO, just like my iPhone could easily do if they didn't take painstaking measures to not let me own my own device. F-U- Apple, I am always on the front wave of trends so watch what happens in the next 2 years when the rest of the world catches on to your disrespect for consumers. Bottom line: all the nice little advantages you talk about for the iPad are miniscule compared to being a chained slave that can't really do anything.

61. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Wow you should write a novel. But first actually get an iPad so you know what your talking about. Only then do you have the right to whine. You clearly want to bash a product youve never owned. iPad owns the market and its not out of coincidence. Go back tonyour random reboot GS3 made put of recycled car bumpers

62. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

now that I think about it I was thinking more of the tf300T lol

66. nhosarah

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

He said "my iPad", I think he really meant that he has owned one. So he does have the right to complain.

58. TechBoy

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

They are kinda overpriced. Ill just for something cheaper like the Nexus 7.

52. nwright94 unregistered

I can't believe there's people trying to say the notes screen is better. Come on people, get the fanboyism out of your eyes. The note doesn't have a bad screen, but the iPads looks quite a bit better. The only tablet I've seen that matches (and passes) is the transformer infinity. It may not be as sharp but it's certainly brighter. But I don't see how you guys can honestly see the notes screen as superior. The iPad is too high resolution to make it good? I didn't think fanboys this crazy existed anymore. Give credit where it's due. Now, about the comparison, I felt it was a good one. I'd love to see Samsung push out some amazing software that the quad core and 2 GB of ram could take advantage of.

50. okonson

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

They talk about unique Apple experience. Don't make me laugh. There is nothing more frustrating than feeling as if the item you have forked out money for does not belong to you. Unique experience comes from being able to make an item you bought your own, to personalise it and tweak it to your own style. Who would give up his own shed for the luxury of a 5 star hotel where you can't even move the table. Apparently that is what Apple fans like. Devils may care about retina display. I'm only surprised that it took so long for someone to work out that a tablet as we know from Ancient Greek and Egypt was meant for writing, physically, with a pointed object.

49. cjo1992

Posts: 25; Member since: May 04, 2012

Guys can you help me out here? When I go to the store to get an iPad how do I not confuse one with a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? I mean the tablet and packaging just look so similar! I might just confuse one with the other because I'm expected to be a dumb consumer.

67. nhosarah

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

I think each tablet has a brand name branded on itself...You won't be mistaken. The Samsung is definitely better if you're doing things like school, or work. I own both tablets.

32. inkhriptor

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Well, programmers like me will definitely choose galaxy note 10.1 because of its OS. Android allows much much more customization than the IOS and that means a lot to us.

65. eddsnx3

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

System.out.print("100 % TRUE "); :P

31. Jphones

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

phonerarena just loves anything apple if it says its basically the same "well the ipdad/iphone has this .000001 percent better this/that." come on the ipad isn't even called the ipad genius its the "new"ipad that will burn your lap off. people just like the ipad because its a status symbol to some.smh if apple makes an entry level phone which we know they want you'll be saying it blows away the competition with the same exact specs but apple's name on it.I bet if you took apple off a product and introduced it to the masses nobody would be all hyped about it or on its cores.

33. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

It's true. If you are in Vietnam, my country, you will see the funny thing that many youngsters riding cheap motorbike and always try to have Iphone, Ipad with them, just to be "cool". And trust me, most of them never care about technology, or specs, or OS, or anything. It's funny :D just 1 important thing: girls love guys who use Ipad, Iphone =DDD

30. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

For me the Pad with normal tablet plus Spen, telephone, SMS functionalities and the whole android customization is the winner. TBH, how many tablets can make a call out there, they're mostly wear the Sammy logo And it's not different between +650.000apps in IOS and +600.000 apps in PlayStore because I can find everything I want. And it's ironic how manufactorer want to push the screen resolution as a marketing hype, because my 42'' TV with Full HD (1920x1080) looks amazing at the distance of 2 meters. And 1280x800 on the 10'' tablet used on the 25-40cm distance is the same. And the new Ipad's resolution is just saturated (more than needed) one. Use it normally, most users cannot find the differences between the two. Unless if you use your tablets and put your eyes at 2 cm distance lolz

29. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Once again, the point has to be brought up that the Note is not the first ptoduct to bring the pen technology to a tablet. HTC, Lenova and the 10.1 Xyboard all have offered virtually the same tech for quite some time via the N-Trig pen. Someone who reviews tablets that isn't aware of the pre-existence of this feature on many other tablets looses some credibility.

42. jimjam unregistered

N-trig is terrible compared to wacom.

25. rachelsjohnas

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Ipad is the best. No doubt about it. Samsung Note is not in level of Apple ipad. Apple's after sales service is the best service. We can't compare samsung galaxy note and Apple ipad. If you ask me then I say Apple ipad is winner. forex signals

21. whoisnetworkdood

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

the real winner here is the nexus 7.

20. whoisnetworkdood

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

I am confused as to which one is the ipad.

17. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Seriously? Why can't phonearena make a comparison thats not biased? Lol! Apple slaves. Geez!

16. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I would put my money on Note 10.1

15. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Phone Arena is really biased in this comparison. Display: well yes, iPad wins... Interface Functionality: having windows and split screen apps is the most you can get out of multitasking and productivity. Does not matter if the ipad is fast for switching. There is nothing faster than doing it at the same time. Camera: I agree that a back camera is unnecessary in a tablet, but even thought the ipad's camera is better in low light, the Note has a LED Flash. Battery: they are about the same. Can't you be objective? leave it at that. So bottomline, for people who wants a better screen, aluminum and IOS get the iPad. For those who want true multitasking features, S-Pen, and Android, get the Note... Personally I would go for the Note.

13. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

I have had prime and sumsung took both back I Pad I just so much smother. Door sent freeze up. Apps are way better. This is just my view do not want you to get I Pad. Though I love my 64 gig. My music, my books, my games. Like I said I took the prime back it had problems and so did samsung I owned.

19. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, walls of icons, no file manager, no task manager, no easy toggles, tied to itunes, thick and heavy, back heats up just leaving it on the table. Must be living the dream.

48. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Well, actually he OWNED both tablets and made his opinion. As an iPad user myself: the new iPad is by no means thick or heavy (just a bit heavier and thicker than iPad 2), nor does it heat up (in ANY way), nor do i have problems with iTunes, many icons (you can group them).

54. nwright94 unregistered

Well, I haven't connected my iPad to the computer for iTunes once, everything's in the cloud. You need to workout more if you think it's thick and heavy, considering its still about the same thickness as the majority of tablets on the market, and where did you hear the heating up on the table? Mine only heats up when streaming videos or playing graphic intensive games, and it's about the same heat my tf300t would heat up to. You are really trying hard to troll aren't you? It's not working so well.

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Beside all this additional functionality.... G note will get another cool addition when JB arrives to it's pocket...... GOOGLE NOW.... i think it's very cool addition which will blow ipad away.... Isn't it?????

24. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Yep. Every Android innovation is the "next big thing that will blow iPad away", but two years passed and it still dominates the market with 70%.

41. thelegend6657 unregistered

Because Samsung is such a jackass I don't think current Samsung device will get google now . Samsung will replace it with its horrible s voice . Go get a asus transformer infinity , asus raped Samsung

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