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Samsung and Apple are two big names in the world of smartphones and tablets.
It is thus no wonder that both the manufacturers have stiff competition with each other to give their customers the best offerings possible. Often, as soon as one manufacturer announces the launch of a new gadget, the other brings out an equally interesting device. Hence it is not surprising that both Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPad Air 2 were released around the same time towards the end of 2014 in October. So, which of these popular devices wins the battle? Read the following article to know about some vital aspects of the two tablets. Ideally, Samsung’s device is more of a phablet than a tablet.
Design, Dimensions and Weight
Often criticized for its plastic casing, Samsung has decided to give its customers a welcome surprise with the Galaxy Note 4. Doing away with the traditional body material, the Note 4 sports an aluminum frame. Apple, on the other hand, does not deviate from its usual style and gives its iPad Air 2 the standard aluminum unibody. Although both the devices make use of superior quality materials, there is no doubt that the iPad Air 2 portrays a classier look than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Considering the size factor, the Apple tablet is taller and wider than the Samsung phablet. However, it is surprisingly the thinner device. There is also a massive difference in the weight of the two gadgets, with Samsung rendering a lighter offering.
Verdict: It all depends on whether your choice for your mobile instrument is looks or ease of holding in hand. If you prefer to go by the looks, then the iPad Air 2 gives you the thumbs up signal. On the other hand, if weight does not matter and you want something that you can hold easily with one hand, head straight off for the Note 4.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 encompasses a QHD display with Super AMOLED technology, while the iPad Air 2 houses a Retina HD display utilizing LED-backlit IPS LCD expertise. Undoubtedly with respect to the screen size, the 5.7 inch screen of the Note 4 is no comparison to the 9.7-inch screen of the iPad Air 2. While the Galaxy Note 4 has a pixel resolution of 1440 x 2560, Apple’s iPad Air features a 1536 x 2048 pixel resolution. The Note 4 and the iPad Air comprise pixel densities of 518ppi and 264ppi respectively. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 houses a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 scratch-resistant glass.
Verdict: The image quality is decent enough in both Samsung’s and Apple’s devices. However, the bigger screen size of the iPad Air 2 proves to be quite useful for viewing movies and playing games. But the comparatively excellent pixel resolution and pixel density of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 renders crisper and sharper texts and videos. The scratch-resistant glass also gives the Note 4 an additional scoring point.
While the Galaxy Note 4 offers a 16MP primary rear camera with a 3456 x 4508 pixel resolution, the iPad Air 2 has a built-in 8MP camera with a 3264 x 2448 pixel resolution. Talking about the secondary front camera, the Note 4 includes a 3.7MP camera in contrast to the 1.2MP camera in the iPad Air 2. However, the rear cameras of both the devices can be used to capture decent quality shots.
Verdict: The Galaxy Note 4, without second thoughts, has better cameras. While both rear cameras support autofocus, panorama, geo-tagging and some other common features, the rear camera in the Note 4 additionally allows optical image stabilization and 4K video recording that is not available in Apple’s iPad Air 2. It also has a dedicated night mode. Moreover, this camera also incorporates LED flash. Similarly, the front camera of Samsung’s device takes improved quality selfies and is a better choice for video conferencing.
Hardware & Software
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is loaded with an Exynos Octa 7 chipset integrated with an eight-core processor, clocking at 1.9GHz and an ARM Mali-T760 graphics processor. Like other Note phablets by Samsung, the Galaxy Note 4 is equipped with a stylus. In contrast, the iPad Air 2 houses an A8X chipset coupled with M8 motion coprocessor. It is also equipped with a triple core processor with a clocking frequency of 1.5GHz and a PVR GXA6850 graphics processor. While Samsung incorporates a 3GB RAM in its phablet, Apple’s iPad Air 2 includes a 2GB RAM. Regarding internal storage, the Note 4 has 32GB ROM which can be expanded up to 128GB using a memory card. Although Apple devices do not support existing memory expansion, the iPad Air 2 is available as three models with 16, 64 and 128GB of internal memory.
The operating system is no comparison as Apple has its own operating system. The iPad Air uses the latest iOS 8 operating system, while the Galaxy Note 4 runs on the Android’s KitKat.
Verdict: The extra RAM helps in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rendering smoother performance. Also, the stylus promises to be a great boon for those who do not wish to operate the touch screen with their fingers. Also with the ability to use memory cards, you can avoid your device’s phone memory from getting overloaded and in turn slowing down your device.