Apple iPad Air 2 WiFi vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S – Specifications and Pricing Compared

The latest generation of iPad’s have grown extremely thin and this has become even better in the new iPad Air 2.

True to its name, it is just 6.1 mm in thickness. There are a few products that can match this nature of the Apple device, but there are plenty that can come close to iPad Air 2 in this regard. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one among them. Measuring just 6.6 mm in thickness, it is a shade thicker than the Apple device.

Display

The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 offers a beautiful mixture of compactness along with a large display. The 8.4 inch screen size makes it easy to carry around, while at the same time it is also large enough to act as a media display. The iPad Air 2 comes with the same 9.7 inch screen that has been present since the inception of the iPad. There have been no changes over the years apart from aspects like the resolution, which is just over 250 PPI. The Samsung device offers significantly better resolution in this regard and it could largely be down to the smaller display. The Galaxy Tab S manages a very healthy 360 PPI, which in current standards is just about enough.

Android: New Features

As ever, the biggest changes between the two devices occur in the operating system. Over the years, the android ecosystem has managed to catch up with the Apple’s store in terms of variety of apps. The number of apps has also increased considerably, thus reducing the difference between the two operating systems in this regard. The current version of Android does not bring about major changes to the way it works. Instead, it primarily focuses on offering a new design element. The Galaxy Tab S with this powerful hardware is now capable of being upgraded to the 5.0 or lollipop version. This operating system will be competing with the iOS 8 on the iPad Air 2.

iOS: New Features

In terms of features and functionalities, it is the iOS that has undergone significant changes over the last few years. Even though the basic feel of the operating system looks similar, the addition of features like widgets has brought iOS closer to Android. As ever, the iPad is capable of running the OS to its full limit at all times without any hiccups. The lack of any hiccups continues to remain as one of the major draws of the iOS devices.

Memory

Apple no longer offers the 32 GB variant of the iPad. The basic version of the device continues to have 16 GB, but it moves on to 64 GB and to a maximum of 128 GB on the iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi. The Galaxy Tab S provides just 16 and 32 GB of storage options. The pricing of the basic versions of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is at around $260 whereas the iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi is significantly more expensive at around $440.

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