iPad 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is like a Galaxy Tab 2 except slightly better, and one of the sequels to the biggest-selling Android tablet of last year. While it’s not exactly a next generation tablet, it does bring a unique feature to the table(t) with its pressure-sensitive Wacom stylus, which should be superior to the N-Trig solution found in the likes of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. For many artists and designers, plus those with a fondness for hand-writing, this will elevate it above other tablets – including Apple’s newest (unless of course some kind of pen solution is offered for the third iPad).
2,048 x 1,536 on the iPad 3 versus 1,280 x 800 on the Note 10.1. Nuff said.
Processor and graphics power:
Samsung does make some amazing SoCs, including of course those in the iPad. However, this Galaxy with its 1.4GHz dual-core is unlikely to match either the processing or graphics power of Apple’s latest. We don’t doubt the Galaxy family will catch up soon though…
Storage on the Note 10.1 is an unknown at the moment, but with its expandable memory via microSD Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 should keep up without effort.
Weight and Thickness:
The Note is likely to win this one as it lacks both a high-resolution screen and particularly powerful innards, so it can afford to be thin despite its digitizer.
The Galaxy tablets have been the least-well-connected premium Android tablet on the market for a while now, but it’s still likely to best the iPad 3.
iOS is (far) ahead, but Android is fast catching up.
Much as we might wish otherwise, Apple is very unlikely to make a pressure-sensitive stylus/pen part of its standard package. So the Note wins without a blow being struck.
iPad 3 vs Windows 8 Tablets
It’s not fair to compare the iPad 3 to Windows 8 x86 tablets, like the Samsung Slate 700t or Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. These and many devices like them are essentially laptops in tablet or convertible form, giving you the same kind of power you’ll find in the latest Ultrabooks.
However, Windows 8 for ARM will find its way onto many tablets that will be very similar to their Android counterparts. Barring restrictions imposed by Microsoft, we could easily see a Transformer Pad Infinity running the OS.
The only major difference right off the bat will of course be app availability, where iOS will have an overwhelming advantage against Windows’ emerging ARM app store. On the other hand, porting native X86 Win8 apps should be not just possible but relatively painless, so this situation could change quickly. Also, Windows 8 ARM tablets will ship with a full version of Office pre-installed, so those after decent productivity will likely flock to Microsoft’s offering.