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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Apple New Ipad head to head review

Rival tablets face off
Fri Sep 07 2012, 11:42

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 is the latest device to try to pinch some of Apple's share of the tablet market. Samsung is clearly hoping that its tablet with an included stylus and several pre-loaded productivity apps will be able to woo creative types away from the latest Apple Ipad, but will they really be able to resist that gorgeous Retina display?

Design
The two tablets, besides their suspiciously similar rectangular shapes with rounded corners and identical black and white colour options, couldn't be any more different in terms of design. The new Apple Ipad is crafted from weighty aluminium, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is built entirely from lightweight plastic.

Apple new Ipad Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 design

While we much prefer holding Samsung's tablet, which weighs 600g compared to the Ipad's 652g, the latest Apple Ipad exudes luxury, and feels worth its £400 price tag. Apple is famous for creating devices with an expensive, high-end feel, and the new Apple Ipad is no exception.

The Galaxy Note 10.1, on the other hand, although seemingly resistant to scratches and dents, doesn't feel worth its £400 pricing. The tablet's glossy white casing means, unlike the Ipad, the tablet doesn't feel like it deserves Samsung's 'flagship' title.

Winner: Apple Ipad.

Screen
On paper, the new Apple Ipad touts a 9.7in IPS LED backlit 2048x1536 resolution Retina display, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 features a larger 10.1in 1290x800 resolution PLS TFT display.

The Ipad's display is famously unequaled for image clarity and sharpness. As pointed out in our new Apple Ipad review, the screen boasts an overwhelming fineness of detail, as well as great video playback, good viewing angles and rich colour contrast.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1's display impressed us too during our hands-on testing. While it might not sound all that great on paper, we found the screen plenty bright enough and vibrantly colourful, and it also boasts great viewing angles.

Apple new Ipad Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 screen

However, it's impossible to award this point to any tablet other than the Apple Ipad. Although Samsung has built its tablet with a decent enough screen, the Ipad's Retina display blows all competition, including the Galaxy Note 10.1, out of the water.

The Ipad wins on responsiveness too, as we found a couple of issues with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The Samsung tablet's main selling point is its included stylus, which while excellent for fans of doodling, highlights that the handset isn't fully optimised for touch. On a few occasions, we found switching from using the stylus to our finger meant the screen took a few seconds to respond. That said, for those who are fond of using a stylus, switch this point to a Samsung win.

Winner: Apple Ipad.

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