Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Apple iPad 3
Yet again, we're dealing with the classic argument of which is better – Android or iOS? We've stated the obvious in previous comparisons, but we'll reiterate them again here once again. For the iPad and its iOS experience, it's undoubtedly the simplicity and low learning curve of the platform that appeals to people. Unfortunately though, it lacks the personalization elements to make the experience unique between tablet owners. On the flip side, the Galaxy Note 10.1's strength is found with its deep personalization elements and extensive sharing functionality – something that's standard amongst all Android devices. Throw in some new specific features with its TouchWiz UX experience, such as Multiscreen and Mini Apps, it surely caters to productivity conscious individuals.
Simply put it people, the two at their core provide for a wonderful tablet experience – so it's a case-by-case scenario as to which is the more preferable between the two. However, when it comes to third party tablet-optimized apps, the iPad continues to show us why it's king.
People gave grown accustomed to the process of task switching, where we move in and out of two apps. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 makes the attempt at offering "true" multitasking with the aid of its Mini Apps and Multiscreen features. Obviously, we adore the ability to have two apps running side by side on the Galaxy Note 10.1, but the limited selection of compatible apps doesn't make it as practical. Still, the iPad's quick response in switching between apps makes for a comparable experience.
organizer apps, we really don't find one tablet offering the better experience – especially when they utilize layouts akin for the extra real estate offered by tablets. Moreover, we can say the same thing about the messaging experience. In fact, they're both responsive enough to get the task completed, but we're still finding ourselves being a bit peppier with the aid of the iPad's accurate predictive text.
Calling for more attention to itself, the S-Pen features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are absolutely practical for a variety of case usage scenarios. From jotting notes to the required amount of pressure sensitivity needed to make an artistic masterpiece, it definitely has the leg up on the new iPad – even more when it's included with the purchase.
Processor and Memory:
It's a quad-core versus a dual-core with this comparison. On paper, people may very well drool over the quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM stuffed inside of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but it doesn't have the same level of consistency found with the iPad's dual-core 1GHz Apple A5x CPU with 1GB of RAM. More specific, Samsung's offering is still plagued by some instances of choppy performance.
Available in both 16GB and 32GB capacities, the iPad benefits with a 64GB option as well – though, we can't count out the advantages with the Note 10.1's microSD card slot.
Internet and Connectivity:
With their high-end status, there's no surprise that the web browsing experience is exquisitely top-notch in every category. From smooth scrolling to proper rendering of complex sites, there's a lot to like from a cursory look. Having an ace under its sleeve, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has the advantage of mimicking a mouse cursor – as the S-Pen acts just like one for the tablet. In fact, it's usefulness is found with some context menus in play with certain web sites.
As expected, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, aGPS, and Bluetooth 4.0 re all in tow with both tablets. However, it's the iPad is also currently available with cellular connectivity – LTE flavors for both AT&T and Verizon. The Note 10.1 is expected to be available in HSPA+ or LTE flavor later.