Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released October, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.3
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Last year's dual core Exynos CPUs with Mali graphics were some of the fastest on the market, and we're glad Samsung waited for the quad core Exynos 4412 to roll out the Note 10.1.
by MobileTechReview (Aug, 2012)
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1024 x 768 Around 5.2x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 298 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2.2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly more RAM 3 GB vs 1 GB 3x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Significantly faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 45% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Better performance per dollar 3.43 pt/$ vs 1.91 pt/$ Around 80% better performance per dollar
Slightly thinner 8 mm vs 8.6 mm More than 5% thinner
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality

Features Key features of the Galaxy Note 10.1  vs iPad Air 

screen resolution

Galaxy Note 10.1
2560 x 1600
iPad Air
1024 x 768


camera resolution

iPad Air
1.2 MP

CPU Cores

Galaxy Note 10.1
Quad core
iPad Air
Dual core

CPU Frequency

iPad Air
1.3 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs iPad Air 

The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad Air

As expected from PLS, viewing angles are great if not flawless, with just a hint of contrast shift but only at extreme angles.
Galaxy Note 10.1

In all fairness, it’s really tough to gauge, but the end result is the same with this Retina Display – it’s crisp, bright, and quite accurate with its color reproduction.
iPad Air

It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.
iPad Air


7.7 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
iPad Air 
Size 10.1" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2560 x 1600 1024 x 768
PPI 298 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.3 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 3 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.9 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 5 MP


USB support 1 Micro USB USB 2.0
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 560 g 610 g
Size 170 x 243 x 8 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8 mm 8.6 mm
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
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