Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.6  vs Apple iPad 2 

First seen on September, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.6

  • 9.6"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 7.0
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Released March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
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)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab S3 9.6 vs iPad 2

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much more processing power 9,720 vs 1,506 Around 6.5x better passmark score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
Much more RAM 4 GB vs 0.5 GB 8x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Much higher resolution front camera 12 MP vs 0.3 MP 40x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Much faster processor 2.15 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 2.2x faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Lighter 290 g vs 589 g 2x lighter
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 266 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 0.92 MP Around 5.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
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Has a light sensor Yes vs No Somewhat common; Automatically adjust screen brightness for environmental factors
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Galaxy Tab S3 9.6  vs
iPad 2 
Size 9.6" 9.7"
Technology AMOLED IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768
PPI 266 ppi 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 2.15 GHz 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 290 g 589 g

storage

Galaxy Tab S3 9.6  vs
iPad 2 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 4 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 12 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 0.92 MP

sensors

Has a GPS No Yes
Has a light sensor No Yes
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