The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and iPad Air are two really good devices which are superlative in their own ways.
The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 which hit stands in July is 6.6mm thick tab that has not featured too many design changes as from its traditional lineup structure.
The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 weighs around 465g but the LTE versions are much heavier. The standard colors available are ‘Dazzling White’ or ‘Titanium Bronze’. The device is made of plastic and is no match to the aluminum finish of the iPad Air.
The iPad Air on the other hand is 7.5mm thick weighing around 469g with the LTE version weighing 478g. The colors offered by this device are Silver or Space Grey.
The display of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is commendable; as the name suggests, the screen is 10.5 inches in size and has Super AMOLED technology. The resolution is pegged at 2560 x 1600 (WQVGA) with 280ppi.
The iPad Air on the other hand has a 9.7inches screen with an IPS panel display and resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels offering 264 pixels per inch.
Under the bonnet, the Tab S 10.5 houses two types of processors depending upon country of purchase.
Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa-core processor is available to US customers where as Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is available to Asian and European countries.
It features 3GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB memory which is expandable by Micro SD card up to 128 GB. It supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi but lacks NFC that the iPad Air has.
The iPad Air makes use of Apple’s A7 chip. A disheartening, non-expandable memory of 16 to 128 GB is all this tablet has to offer. It supports dual-band 802.11n but also lacks the Fingerprint sensor and IR blaster that the Galaxy Tab sports.
The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has a posterior 8MP camera, LED flash and a 2.1Mp anterior camera. The iPad Air on the other hand has a 5Mp rear camera which can record 1080p video and a 1.2Mp front-facing 720p camera.
Galaxy Tab S 10.5 uses the Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz software. The iOS 7 reigns the iPad Air. The software would soon be upgradable to the iOS 8.
Price wise, the iPad bears a tag of £399 for the 16 GB WI-Fi only versions without a GPS. A 4G/LTE model would cost $100 more.
The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 for the 16GB WI-Fi only version costs £399, with GPS and LTE models would cost £100 more.