Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. iPad Air – Big Guns Duel in the Tablet Segment

The Apple and Samsung war has been everlasting.

The two arch rivals have been battling it out with each other for the top spot. Both the companies have been releasing smartphones over each other for quite some time now. However, the war just entered the next level, with both the big guns having a duel in the tablet segment. The latest Galaxy Note 4 tablet would stack up decently against the Apple’s last year release; the iPad Air.

The Apple iPad Air tablet is still in demand. Whether it would stand up against the latest Galaxy Note 4 tablet, let us find out.

Display and Size

The war between the Galaxy Note 4 and Apple iPad Air is essentially a war between a phablet and a tablet. The Galaxy Note 4 phablet encompasses of a decent 5.7-inch display. The Super AMOLED technology of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating. The resolution is higher at 1440 x 2560 pixels, having a pixel density of 515-ppi. Meanwhile, the iPad Air is a huge tablet incorporating massive 9.7-inch display. The IPS LCD comes with backlit LED feature, having a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. Regardless, Apple could not manage more pixel density than 264-ppi.

The Note 4 is a smaller handset. The inseparable S Pen stylus enables the user to operate the handset with ease. The handset comes with a fingerprint scanner, located under the home button. The Note 4 measures 153.5mm x 78.6mm x 8.5mm and has a weight around 175 grams. Meanwhile, the iPad Air measures 240mm x 169.5mm x 7.5mm and weighs heavier at 469 grams for the Wi-Fi only version. The LTE/3G variant weighs 9 grams heavier.


The powerful octa core processor powers the Note 4 handset. It is inclusive of a 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 quad core processor along with a 1.9GHz Cortex-A57 quad core processor. The Korean giant’s 5433 Exynos chipset coupled with a Mali-T760 graphic processor supports the Note 4’s processor. Another model of the Note 4 comes equipped with a powerful Snapdragon 805 chipset from Qualcomm, having a Krait 450 quad core processor, clocked at 2.7GHz speed. A decent Adreno 420 graphic processor backs up the processor.

Meanwhile the iPad Air offers the user an Apple A7 chip, gaining support from a dual core ARM v8 based, Cyclone processor running at 1.3GHz speed. The PowerVR G6430 graphic processor ensures smooth functioning of the tablet.


The Galaxy Note 4 includes a RAM of 3GB coupled with internal storage capacity of 32GB. The handset comes equipped with external memory card slot for memory enhancement up to 128 GB. The iPad Air includes a DD3 RAM of 1GB. The handset comes equipped in four models having internal memories of 16 Giga Bytes, 32 Giga Bytes, 64 Giga Bytes and 128 Giga Bytes. However, the device does not come equipped with external microSD card slot for memory enhancement.

Functionality and UI

The Samsung handset comprises of the Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system coupled with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. However, the TouchWiz UI requires a boost as it is rapidly getting obsolete. Meanwhile, the Apple handset was released with the iOS 7, which was later upgraded to the iOS 8. Presently, the device comes shipped with the iOS 8.1. The latest version is similar to the earlier available iOS version 7.

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