Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Tablet Comparison

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With Apple losing market share on the tablet front, the only winner is the consumer spoiled with choices. Here are 4 different tablets comparison powered by 3 different OS.

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iPad iOS / Windows PC and Android Tablet Comparison

Surface Pro 2
Xperia Tablet Z
Galaxy Note 10.1
iPad Air (5th Gen)
OSWindows 8Android 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeaniOS 7
CPU4th Generation Intel Core i51.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad Core Adreno 320Exynos® 1.9GHz Quad Processor + 1.3 GHz Quad ProcessorA7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
RAM4GB / 8GB2 GB3GBn/a
Display10.6" ClearType
1920 x 1080 pixels
10.1" TFT
1920x1200 pixels
10.1" TFT
2560 x 1600 pixels
9.7" IPS
2048 x 1536 pizels
Battery Life Standby7-15 daysn/a8 - 9 Daysn/a
Battery mAh4200mAh6000mAh8220mAh11560mAh
ConnectivityWi-FiWi-Fi / LTEWi-FiWi-Fi / LTE
Size10.8" x 6.8" x 0.5"6.8" x 10.47" x 0.24"9.6" x 6.8" x 0.3"9.4" x 6.6" x 0.29"
Weight32 oz17.46 oz19.05 oz16 oz
Storage64 / 128 / 512GB16 GB32 / 64 GB16 / 32/ 64 / 128MB
Cameras Rear / FrontBoth 720p HD cameras8.1MP / 2.2MP8MP / 2MP5MP / 1.2MP
PortsUSB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
USB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
USB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
30-pin connector Lightning connector

Which Is The Better Tablet?

Depending on your needs, all 3 different OS has their pro and cons. We have to admit when it comes to portable devices, hardware is not a strong selling point, it is the platform.

  1. Windows 8 / Microsoft Surface Pro – This is like having an instant on laptop on the go, not exactly the lightest tablet but reasonably light. What makes this better than the rest is the availability of Microsoft Office. Not to mention Photoshop and all the desktop software.
  2. iOS 7 / Apple iPad Air – Very good eco-system, lots of apps, most important of all, the apps works. Unlike Android where it might or might not work due to OS fragmentation. What we liked about iPad is it just works.
  3. Android hardware and OS – The main selling point is affordability and choice. Lots of hardware, very cheap hardware too. The drawback is fragmentation, some apps might work, some might not. Most programmers tend to test their app with the more popular brand – Samsung.

Apple iPad: Steve Jobs Keynote

It all started in 2010 with the launch of iPad by Steve Jobs. Just in case you’re wondering, the iPad came first before the iPhone. Apple has been doing research and development on a large handheld multi-touch device for many years, they simply implemented the technology into iPhone.

Tablet Infographic

Between a smartphone and a tablet, I use my tablet more often than my smartphone. Perhaps it is the big screen. Anyway, here are 2 facts on tablets and the usage of tablets.



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