Samsung 10.1 note 2014 edition, iPad Air match?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by bartp, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. bartp macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    On paper it looks serieus. 3 gb memory, fast processor, higher dpi, sdcard, (wacom) pen.
    Any thoughts on this versus the ipad air?
  2. Sangdushi macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2011
    It's all about apps. If you want better specs then get the Samsung.
  3. xNYMetsx macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2013
    You'll get quality out of Apple. Not to mention the app ecosystem is better on iOS.
  4. bartp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    But arent a lot of apps really similar.?
    Facebook, pulse, pinterest. Etc..
    I dont see much difference?
    I agree the eco system is better, but on the other hand much more closed.
    It is so easy to put some music or movie or any document on an androidsystem.
  5. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    i was debating it. the only thing that made me go for the air is tmobile doing free data. the note 10 doesnt have 4g in them yet. also tmobile doing monthly payments and iwork becoming free now. so if u have an apple tv streaming is dead easy and thats what i went for . REALLY liked the note tho.
  6. Fireblade macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    If you use your tablet as a toy to watch movies and play games, then yes.
  7. gdourado macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2010
    It's all about usability and user experience.
    It's all about 4:3 vs 16:10...
    I've tried several android tablets... All of them are too long and too narrow on portrait and too short on landscape...
    iPad is just perfect!
    For me, it's iPad all the way because of this.

  8. Pompiliu macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2012
    Better specs for what? For less lag? For phone apps? For worse battery life?
  9. MRU, Oct 26, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013

    MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    The A7 processor gets as good and if not better results than many quad core processors so don't be fooled with specs alone.

    What it boils down to is do you want an android tablet and the pros and cons based with that (mostly that there simply aren't as many tablet apps) but with Samsung extras such as multi-app and S-Pen features which are excellent on the whole and go a long way to making up for the lack of tablet optimised apps on the playstore.

    Or go for iPad which will get updates quicker, has more tablet optimised support and comes now with iLife and the iWork suite free which are on the whole some of the best productivity apps on any tablet. But you will have iOS limitations such as multitasking and lack of expandable storage.

    Choose whichever is better for you. There is no right and wrong they are great tablets both. Anything else is personal preference and subjective opinion.


    That's the kind of inane statement that gives android users a bad name.

    Plenty of people are using iPads for productivity and there are arguably more productivity apps for iPad than there are on Android. Lots of Apps for music recording and integrated with professional syths, lots of drawing apps that integrate with professional drawing packages like corel painter, lots of professional writing apps like Scrivener.

    So please drop this bullish bull poop about it being a toy; it's patronising, arrogant and makes you look like an ignaramous.
  10. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    I had the first Samsung Note 10.1, and wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be. Too much stuff to navigate through, and cheap plastic feel. The Note 8.0 was my next purchase, but I liked that even less: ate through the battery like crazy! That was when I decided to buy an iPad. And was very happy with that purchase. Stripping the Note of all its bloatware and weird touch wiz nonsense, along with better battery life might make it tempting. The only thing I find appealing about Android tablets, is that they are not restricted to mp4 formatted movies.

    Apple's decision to use space grey is giving Samsung a run for their money in terms of ugly, so a can of spray paint might be needed if I bought a new iPad. :eek:
  11. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    100% of the time i spent on android was spent trying to mod it to become like ios lol lag free optimized and no random shutdowns. after so many roms and flashes the phone starts to get weird because its like layering cakes over personalities on it
  12. xNYMetsx macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2013
    Well I hope you enjoy your phone stretched apps.
  13. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    Almost all of that is meaningless without good apps. Although android phones are very serious when compared to the iPhone, but the iPad is hands-down the best tablet.

    It really bugs me to see that google play doesn't really distinguish between tablet apps and phone apps. I remember looking for an app to learn a language on someone's note tablet last year. They were all horrible: some apps just sucked in general, and some apps had all the content in the top-left corner.

    iPads easily beat it in terms of apps. Plus, the design of the iPad puts the note to shame.
  14. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    I prefer the iPad.

    If not the iPad I'd be getting a Nexus 7, or surface 2.

    A Samsung android tablet holds little appeal.
  15. srkmish macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2013
    I like android on phones but like ios on tablet much better. Especially the touch precision and responsiveness is unmatched which really helps in games and music creation apps.
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. Get the tablet that fulfills the majority of your requirements. There is no single tablet that will satisfy everyone.
  17. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    What stretched apps are you talking about? All the apps I use on android are fine. Pdf reader (ezpdf), comic book reader (perfect viewer), web browser (chrome, firefox, stock samsung browser), remote connection/ssh (connect bot).

    People keep saying stretched apps, but what they mean are no name apps that have under 10 users in the whole world.
  18. The Game 161, Oct 27, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2013

    The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    the new note 10.1 is the perfect tablet for me.

    3GB of ram, USB, SD card, amazing screen, S pen all things that the ipad doesn't have...ipad is great for apps but to me holds very little appeal apart from that.

    my main use on tablets is 90% internet posting on forums, watching NBA on the gametime app, watching movies, netflix , how good the apps are don't mean a whole lot for me.
  19. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Let me first qualify that I'm currently using both a Nexus 7 and Note 10.1 with my iPad Mini collecting dust on the nightstand.

    That being said, there's a noticeable difference (at least in layout) in many of the apps I use on the Nexus vs. the Mini. Dropbox, Yahoo and ESPN sports, ESPN and Yahoo Fantasy football, Zinio, DirecTV, Weather Channel, Urbanspoon, Open Table, Bank of America, even GMail all offer varying degrees of differences on the iPad vs. the Nexus. And none of these are from small time developers.

    Android's tablet offerings have improved dramatically over the past few years. I'm hoping the tablet app situation does the same in the near future.

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