iPad 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Vs Paul Briden 12:08, 8 Mar 2012

Samsung claims the Galaxy Note 10.1 is better than the iPad 3, we put that theory to the test

Old rivalries re-emerge as we pitch the iPad 3 against Samsung's new 10.1-inch Galaxy Note.

Form
Just as it has done with the new Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Samsung has been very careful to make sure its new 10-inch Galaxy Note looks very different from Apple's iconic tablet design.

As a result, it actually looks very similar to the aforementioned Galaxy Tab sequel, the only noticeable difference really is the addition of the S-Pen stylus. But this isn't a criticism, as much as Samsung may feel its design has been somewhat forced by Apple's continual legal action we actually think its for the best as its new larger tablets are looking much more distinctive and, well, just better really.

Apple's iPad 3 isn't significantly different in design from the iPad 2, the only change is a bit of extra weight and thickness but it's barely noticeable. We don't hold the iPad design as some kind of pinnacle as some do but it does look quite nice. If you're a fan of the iPad 2's design you'll find something comfortably familiar here.

Winner - Draw

Display
Despite Samsung's ability to push out some amazing screen technology on phones it still hasn't broken through on tablet tech and for the meantime that means it keeps rolling out much the same mediocre configuration. The result is that the Galaxy Note 10.1 uses a PLS TFT capacitive display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 149 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

Apple has gone all out to upgrade its tablet display quality on the iPad 3. The company has managed to bring its famed Retina technology to the bigger tablet screen size which means a 1536x2048 pixel resolution at 264ppi for some of the clearest visuals you'll see on a near-10-inch device.

Winner - Apple iPad 3

Hardware
Samsung's tablet uses a dual core 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and comes in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB variants, each with microSD capability for up to an additional 32GB via card storage.

The iPad 3 also runs on a 1GHz dual core processor but it features the company's new A5X chipset with a quad core graphics processing unit built in. Like its opponent Apple's new tablet has options for 16GB, 32GB or 64GB, though as usual there's no micro SD slot to be found. Apple hasn't revealed how much RAM the iPad 3 has just yet but chances are it's somewhere between 512MB and 1GB.

This one's a difficult one to call as we don't actually know what chipset the Note 10.1 is running but for now Apple's new chipset is looking very impressive indeed and we're going to hedge our bets with the iPad 3 for this one.

Winner - Apple iPad 3

Camera
Camera's clearly weren't a priority for the Galaxy Note 10.1's design team, as it only sports a 3.15-megapixel primary at 2048x1536 pixels. It does have an LED flash, 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel secondary, though, which is nice.

Apple has brought its iSight camera technology from the iPhone 4S across to the new iPad 3, which means you get a 5-megapixel backlight-illuminated sensor (BSI) at 2592x1944 pixels, some great stabilisation features, 1080p video capture and an enhanced lens setup for greater picture clarity.

Winner - Apple iPad 3

Conclusion
Now that the iPad 3 has arrived Samsung is going to need to up its tablet game, because as it stands right now Apple's product has a lot more going for it.

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