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iPad Air vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 – Specifications and Pricing Comparison

The recent sales figures showed that the iPad Air may be showing signs of slowing down.

This may be a combination of people getting used to tablets, but the competition has also grown substantially. The recently launched Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a perfect example of it.

Display

Samsung clearly appear to have learnt from their mistakes in the past after they have equipped the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with some of the best specs in the industry. It comes with an 8.4 inch display that may be smaller than the display on the iPad Air, but it more than compensates for it with an impressive resolution. The 1600 x 2560 pixels offered by the display provides a pixel density more than the retina display available on the iPhone range. The 1536 x 2048 pixels may look well on paper, but the 9.7 inch display makes the iPad Air inferior to the Samsung in this regard.

Apart from having a great build quality that was clearly not the case with the past tablet models from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 also measures only 6.6 mm in thickness. This makes it even thinner than the latest iPhone 6. Compared with these specifications, the iPad Air’s 7.5 mm thickness makes a different reading.

Memory

The iPad Air is a customizable device especially in terms of internal memory. There is a whole range of options starting from just 16 GB and going up to 128 GB. The four different options help price the iPad Air across a range that is far superior to the one offered by Samsung with its two internal memory options. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 can be had in 16 GB or 32 GB variants. The disadvantage in the internal memory specifications is quickly overcome through the memory card support. The device will be able to accept 128 GB memory cards.

Connectivity also provides an area where the iPad can be customized even further. The top of the range iPad carries all the essential features like LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth and so on. Samsung also comes with such a vast range of connectivity options.

Operating System

The major difference between the two devices comes about in the operating system and the hardware that they use, to run this operating system. Because of the Android operating system at its heart, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has to come with top of the range specifications, especially in terms of the processor. It offers a quad core 2.3 GHz processor compared to the dual core 1.3 GHz processor on the iPad Air. Since the iOS is controlled by Apple, the device can get away with such low specifications especially in terms of processor.

Prices of the iPad Air with just 16 GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity on-board costs $370. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with a similar set of connectivity features an internal storage costs about $50 less than the iPad.

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