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Comparison - Apple iPad 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

May 18, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

18 May 2012 - Our focus shifts back to tablets, specifically Apple's new iPad (iPad 3) against the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

Both tablets fall within 10-inch category and are equipped with connectivity options such as HSPA, EDGE and GPRS. The tablets have three internal memory options - 16, 32, 64GB. There is also Bluetooth and GPS support as well.

But both tablets have slightly different form factors, simply put, while the iPad 3 is shaped like magazine, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is similar to an elongated novel. The 8.9mm Galaxy Note 10.1 is thinner when compared to the 9.4mm iPad 3. The iPad 3 is noticeable heavier when compared to Galaxy Note 10.1 too (662g vs 589g).

At the moment, the iPad 3’s Retina Display is one of the highest resolutions display on the market at 2048 x 1536 pixels. That should give an edge against the Galaxy Note 10.1’s screen which displays 1280 x 800 pixels.

Like the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note 10.1’s display works with a digitiser pen.

The iPad 3 has a 4G LTE receiver that is capable of high-speeds downloads. However, the iPad 3’s LTE receiver currently works with compatible American carriers only. Meanwhile, Samsung has reportedly retained the Galaxy Note 10.1’s voice calls functionality. Samsung’s tablet also supports WiFi Direct.

Both tablets are powered by different operating systems too - the Galaxy Note 10.1 is running on Android 4.0.4. The iPad 3 currently runs on iOS 5.1.

Apple bumped up the iPad 3’s camera to 5-megapixel imager called iSight while the Note 10.1 has a similar 5-megapixel camera. On the front, the Note 10.1 has a 2-megapixel camera. Apple’s tablet has a VGA front facing camera.

Internally, the iPad 3 has a quad-core A5X 1GHz processor, while the Galaxy Note 10.1 has a dual-core 1.4GHz processor. The Galaxy Note has the added advantage of a microSD slot up to 32GB.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 does not have a price yet, but it is expected to be priced at US$600 (estimated S$764) for its WiFi only model. A comparable iPad 3 model would be the 32GB WiFi iPad 3 priced at S$788. That gives them a three percent or S$24 price difference.

If you are looking for an all-in-one tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 with its call services and the digitiser pen for input, the Note 10.1 should fit the bill. However, if you are keen on an ebook reader with an amazing display, then the iPad 3 is the tablet for you.

New iPad (iPad 3)

4G LTE + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 9.7-inch screen (Retina Display), A5X processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 16/32/64GB internal storage

Apple just made the new iPad (iPad 3) official and it comes with a Retina Display that goes up to 2048 x 1536 with a pixel density of 264ppi. In addition to the display, the iPad 3 will come with an A5x dual-core processor which in turn provides four times the performance boost in terms of graphics. The iPad 3 comes with 4G LTE support, with Apple claiming 4G speeds of up to 73Mbps.

Apple threw in a 5-megapixel illuminated sensor on the back which they christened iSight, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into the A5X chip. There is also 1080p video recording too with video stabilisation.

The iPad 3 is priced at S$658 for the 16GB version, while the 32GB is priced at S$788 and the 64GB is priced at S$918. With 4G models starting at S$828  for 16GB, S$958 for 32GB and S$1088 for 64GB.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

HSPA + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 + 10.1-inch slate + 3.15-megapixel camera + 16/32/64GB Internal Storage + Android 4.0.3

At a glance, the Galaxy Note 10.1 just looks exactly like the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). However, the Galaxy Note is packed with a faster 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos processor with a 1GB of RAM, a 3-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a 10.1-inch display that carries 1280 x 800 resolution pixels. The tablet runs on Android 4.0 with Samsung TouchWiz user interface. It also supports the S-Pen stylus input which allows you to scribble your note on the tablet.

The tablet has a variety of storage options up to 64GB, including a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 32GB.

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