Tablets are taking the gadget marketplace by storm. Gone were the days when people did not have any idea on what a tablet is. Nowadays, there are plenty of choices that can leave a customer with tough decisions on which is the best. Apple’s newly redesigned tablet, iPad Air, was released last November 1st 2013. Since then, the iPad Air hype is being questioned if it’s really worth the time and money. To help you decide whether the latest iPad Air is an ultimate reason to jump on board Apple’s love train, we’ve come up with this tablet comparison involving the iPad Air and four other prominent tablets in the market.
The list of devices being compared is enumerated below:
• Apple iPad Air
• Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
• Microsoft Surface 2
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
• Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)
Among the five, Surface 2 is the biggest tablet (height: 275mm, width: 172mm, thickness: 8.9mm)but in terms of screen size to tablet size ratio, iPad Air is the best considering the thinned edges of the bezel sides and the broader border of the top and bottom (height: 240mm, width: 170mm, thickness: 7.5mm)
The Surface 2 is the heaviest among the five tablets at 676g while the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the lightest at 374g. The iPad Air is the lightest 10-inch tablet in the market at 469g.
The Galaxy Tab 3 is also running on dual core with its Intel Atom (1.6GHz) processor. The other two, namely the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and Surface 2 have quad core processors with Snapdragon 800 (2.2GHz) and Tegra 4 (1.7GHz) as processors, respectively. The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs on Exynos Octa octa core processor at 1.9GHz. Among these devices, the iPad Air still has the fastest processor (Apple A7, 64-bit at 1.4GHz) even with its dual core.
The total RAM for each of these large tablets are 1GB for Apple iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, 2GB for Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and Microsoft Surface 2. Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has the biggest total RAM of 3GB.
Below are the tablets with their corresponding operating systems and app stores.
In terms of getting tablet apps, iPad’s App Store remains to be the best destination.
Among the five tablets, the iPad Air offers the most storage options (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB) while the Galaxy Tab 3 has lesser options (16GB, 32GB). The Surface 2 also has 2 storage options but there is no 16GB capacity, only 32GB and 64GB. All of them offer various flash storage tiers.
The capacity of Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and Surface 2 are not known which leaves us to compare the other three. The iPad Air has the greatest battery capacity of 8,827mAh while the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes next with 8,220mAh. The Galaxy Tab 3 only has 6,800mAh putting it in the last place among the three.
Although using a gadget’s camera for photography is not the major reason why people buy tablets, we’ve still considered the megapixels of the rear cameras. Both the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 have 8MP rear cameras while both iPad Air and Surface 2 have 5MP rear cameras. The Galaxy Tab 3 has the lowest rear camera pixel with only 3MP. The front cameras are not that stellar with 1.2MP to 3.5MP range.
Currently, Surface 2 is the only tablet that does not support Wi-Fi+LTE connection available in a cellular model. The other four have this wireless selection.
As a conclusion to this comparison and contrast between five eminent tablets, the iPad Air remains to be the most popular tablet and ‘I think’ it is also the best one to purchase. There is also an increasing demand of Samsung tablets in the market. The Kindle Fire tablet also offers great value. If you want to fully know about the specifications and performance of each gadget mentioned in this article, read about latest tablet reviews of 2013 and ask personal feedback from people who own tablets that have the same models as the ones compared here.