iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 specs and more


Last week Samsung officially announced the new Galaxy Tab devices in the form of the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1. These are likely to be extremely popular and the largest of the three is likely to be good competition for the Apple iPad Air. Today we’re looking at the iPad Air vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 in a specs rundown.

The iPad Air released in November last year whereas the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 has not yet hit the shelves but will release this quarter. The iPad Air is available in either a Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular model (3G/LTE), while the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 comes as a Wi-Fi, 3G, or LTE model. Both feature Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

The iPad Air has a 1.3GHz Apple A7 dual-core processor with M7 motion coprocessor and PowerVR G6430 quad-core graphics. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and has Adreno 305 graphics.

There’s a 9.7-inch IPS LCD display on the iPad Air, with resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 264 ppi. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 has a 10.1-inch display with resolution of 1280 x 800 and 149 ppi.

RAM and Storage
The iPad Air has 1GB of RAM and comes in 16, 32, 64 or 128GB storage (non-expandable) models. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 has 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD to 64GB.

Camera Set-up
The iPad Air has a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 1080p video capture and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 has a 3.15-megapixel rear camera with 720p video capture, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

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An 8820 mAh battery powers the iPad Air while there’s a 6800 mAh battery for the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. Both batteries are non-removable.

Operating System
The iPad Air runs iOS 7.0, upgradable to 7.1. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX UI.

Dimensions and Weight
The iPad Air measures 240mm x 169.5mm x 7.5mm and weighs 469g for the WiFi-only version or 478g for the 3G/LTE option. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 measures 243.4mm x 176.4mm x 8mm and weighs 487g for the LTE model.

Color Options
You have a choice of Silver or Space Gray for the iPad Air. On the other hand the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 comes in White or Black.

The iPad Air starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi variant, while the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts at $629. Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 has not yet been announced but as this is a mid-range tablet we expect it to be less than the iPad Air.

Obviously this does not take into account all the notable features of these two tablet devices, but hopefully by detailing the key specs of each, this will give you some idea of how they compare. Of course much of a choice between the two might come down to personal taste of design and whether you prefer an iOS or Android experience. You might also be interested in a comparison of the iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 here. After checking out all of the above information, is it the iPad Air or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 that appeals to you the most?


3 thoughts on “iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 specs and more”

  1. Bekk says:

    The Tab 4 seems like the way to go. The iPad has pixel density on the Tab, but to be honest, I can’t stand that 4:3 display. Also, I love the quad-core processors they threw in there this time around. Games are going to be so much smoother! And let’s be honest, it’s probably going to be a $100 or so cheaper with WAY more features (NFC, Wi-Di, IR Blaster, WatchOn, etc.)

  2. the_poffenberger says:

    I agree bekks, the tab 4 line will inherently come with more features, offer more diversity, and even support the 128gb micro sd cards that are being launched, with samsung link you can control content anywhere in the world, and the citrix apps take e-meeting to the next level

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