Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released July, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
8.3 Out of 10
Samsung is good at making super skinny, lightweight mobile devices, and the Tab 3 10.1 weighs just 1.12 lbs., making it one of the lightest tablets on the market.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2013)
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
8.4 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 3 10.1 vs Air


Processing power and speed

Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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No winner declared

Too close to call


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 

TabletRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs iPad Air

geekbench Processor and memory performance

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad Air
1,808 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

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Much better overall performance 401 vs 261 Around 55% better geekbench score
Significantly faster javascript execution 1,233 ms vs 1,808 ms More than 30% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Lighter 512 g vs 610 g More than 15% lighter
Faster processor 1.6 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Sharper screen 149 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly thinner 8 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 10% thinner
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Longer battery life 10 hour vs 6.92 hour Around 45% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Has a built-in microphone Yes vs No Somewhat common; No need for an external microphone
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Better performance per dollar 1.89 pt/$ vs 0.62 pt/$ More than 3x better performance per dollar
Higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 3.2 MP More than 55% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1  vs iPad Air 

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

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Tab 3 10.1  vs
iPad Air 
Size 10.1" 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 149 ppi 131 ppi


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


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 1.3 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope No Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


Galaxy Tab 3 10.1  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 64 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.3 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 3.2 MP 5 MP


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

form factor

Weight 512 g 610 g
Size 176.1 x 243.1 x 8 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 6.92 hour 10 hour
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
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