Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released June, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.1
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
7.5 Out of 10
Taking another page from the iPad 2's school of sexy tablet building, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has one of the cleanest designs we've seen in a tablet.
by c|net (May, 2011)
VS
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
7.7 Out of 10
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)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 10.1 vs Air

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, trustedreviews.com, theverge.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad Air

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy Tab 10.1 iPad Air @ browser.primatelabs.com
Physics Test (CPU) (Longer bars indicate better performance).
iPad Air | by c|net (Oct, 2013)

passmark Processor performance including multiple cores

With a new dual-core A5 processor under the hood, Apple is claiming to have doubled performance speed overall, and boosted gaming graphics by nine times.
iPad Air | by c|net (Mar, 2011)

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy Tab 10.1
2,400 ms
iPad Air
1,808 ms
Although we can't say we noticed many apps running twice as fast, everything from Safari to GarageBand definitely ran faster on the newer model.
iPad Air | by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Better overall performance 865 vs 494 More than 75% better geekbench score
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 3.1) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 3.1) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Slightly bigger screen 10.1" vs 9.7" Around 5% bigger screen
Slightly lighter 565 g vs 610 g More than 5% lighter
Higher resolution front camera 2 MP vs 1.2 MP More than 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Sharper screen 149 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Back view of Apple iPad Air

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Air

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Marginally newer Nov, 2013 vs Jun, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Much faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 1 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.0) 24x faster Bluetooth
Higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 3 MP More than 65% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 10.1  vs iPad Air 

8.0
8.0
Viewing angles are great, contrast is excellent and colour reproduction is very vivid.
Galaxy Tab 10.1

7.0
8.3
Even if Apple had gone the route of using a Carl Zeiss lens and a 10-megapixel sensor, the iPad 2 just isn't a replacement for a camera or smartphone.
iPad Air

Overall

7.5 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Galaxy Tab 10.1  vs
iPad Air 
Size 10.1" 9.7"
Technology LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 149 ppi 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.3 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Galaxy Tab 10.1  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 2 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 3 MP 5 MP

ports

USB support None 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 565 g 610 g
Size 256.5 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
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