Tab S vs. iPad Air

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  1. Chicago64

    Chicago64 Active Member


    I'm looking into buying a Galaxy Tab S and I'm wondering if this is finally the tablet that is better than the iPad Air. I know I definitely prefer Android over IOS, but as a whole, is the Tab S as good as, if not better than the iPad Air? I'm only asking because Apple has dominated the tablet market for so long and I want to make sure I get the best tablet available.



  2. boyo1991

    boyo1991 Well-Known Member

    IMO, for tablets, iPad is the way to go.

    Let me explain,

    The iOS ecosystem allows for much greater speeds, apps for android tablets still isn't quite up to par, and the iPad will have more games, if I get a tablet, it'll pretty much just be for games... If this doesn't apply to you, omit the last point.

    Don't get me wrong, android as an os is superior for me, but android tablets, not as much quuuiiite yet.

    But if you just plain old don't like iOS, don't care much for the display, android tablets work just fine.

    My plan is to stick to android phones.. Get as big of a display as I can on android phones cuz I feel its a waste to have two devices that pretty much do the same things lol
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  3. Chicago64

    Chicago64 Active Member

    I do agree that there are more optimized apps for iPads, but for the rest, I think Android is easily on par. And as for the display, the Tab S actually has a better display than the Air, arguably the best on the market.

    I appreciate the input!
  4. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    I'm the same now, get as big as display as I can comfortably fit in my pocket LOL. My phone is my tablet. I used to have an actual tablet, but found much of the time I only used it for watching videos(pr0n) in bed, and that was it. And it always stayed at home. If i'm doing any serious work, I'll usually need a keyboard, so I might as well use my laptop, rather than a tablet with a separate keyboard.
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  5. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    Hey there I have moved this thread to the Device/Carrier Comparison forum so that you can properly compare these devices.

    Hope this helps! :)
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  6. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    The Tab S range are great tablets, the displays are amazing.

    IPS is nice but you can't beat the viewing angles and infinite contrast on OLED
  7. Chicago64

    Chicago64 Active Member

    Agreed. That's one of the main reasons I think I'm gonna get it.
  8. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    The only thing I would mention as a negative for the Samsung tablets is the slower performance from the Wifi only versions using the Exynos SoC.

    It's not horribly slow by any means but graphics performance is not as good as the LTE version using Snapdragon 800.

    I'm not sure if this is something that will be noticed by the end user or not, of course if you don't play games it's an issue at all. :)
  9. Chicago64

    Chicago64 Active Member

    The processors do differ, but performance is almost identical.
  10. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    CPU performance is about same but there is quite a difference when it come to graphics performance, if you believe graphics benchmarks Adreno 330 can be as much as twice as fast. :(

    You would have thought Samsung would have gone with something more powerful for their own SoC and especially considering what Apple use.
  11. boyo1991

    boyo1991 Well-Known Member

    Hahaha exactly! +1 most definetly
  12. Chicago64

    Chicago64 Active Member

    Man, that stinks. Do you have a link to any benchmarks comparing them?
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    Shocky On Probation

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    Chicago64 Active Member

  15. Modman

    Modman Well-Known Member

    Why are people so concerned about resolution? Unless all you are going to do is watch videos on your tablet.

    I love my galaxy note 8 because its a productivity tablet. IPad is nothing more than a giant iPhone and a waste of money.
    Nothing compares to galaxy note when you want to eliminate paper and go paperless.
    If you are a student why carry an iPad and a separate notebook? The galaxy note will let you take notes on a PDF eBook and instead of carrying multiple notebooks have everything in one place.

    To add I loved all my android tablets nook color nexus 7 and galaxy note 8.

    I am so sick and tired of hearing how great iPad is just because apple makes it.
    Apple has stopped at nothing to try to get android banned and take away freedom of choice.

    Just the freedom of sdcards custom roms and not being tied to apples eco system is enough for me.

    Not to mention tons of android apps amazon appstore gives away.

    Also the super amoled display on galaxy note and tab protablets are much better than iPad retina. Regardless any version of galaxy note has way more multitasking and productivity apps than any iPad. I want to see iPad split screen two apps. Have native stylus support. Allow photo clipping directly into texts. Or the writing to text recognition.
    If you want toy get any iPad. If you want a serious productivity tool Galaxy note pro hands down.
    If you don't need pen support I'd go with the tab S
    It has all the same features minus the writing features.
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