A couple of days ago, Apple presented a refreshed iPad tablet in San Jose. As you probably know Apple dominates the tablets market thanks to the huge popularity of the iPad, but there are some other interesting alternatives for the 10-inch tablet market, therefore it’s time for the iPad 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs iPad 3 vs ASUS Vivo Tab RT battle.
All four aforementioned products are pretty interesting options when it comes to choosing a 10-inch tablet. As you probably know iPad 3 and iPad 4 are running on Apple’s iOS, while Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and ASUS Vivo Tab RT are based on Android and Windows RT, respectively.
Returning to iPad 4, you should know that we are not dealing with a completely new tablet, but rather a minor upgrade for iPad 3: a new processor, Lightning connector, and HD front-facing camera. The prices of the iPad 4 are the same as for the iPad 3: starting at $499 for iPad 4 WiFi-only with 16 GB of internal storage, climbing to $829 for iPad 4 WiFi + 4G and 64 GB of storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 failed to impress when it came to the display resolution. In a comparison to ASUS TF700 (also running on Android) which brings a 1,920 x 1,200 pixels display, Samsung is stuck to an older 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. Still, it integrates the famous S-Pen borrowed from Galaxy Note and Note 2, now it more pressure sensors.
ASUS Vivo Tab RT is now available for purchase and it is underpinned by the already-famous Windows RT operating system, based on Windows 8 and optimized for ARM processors.
First of all let’s have a look at the technical specifications of the four tablets, then try to draw some conclusions about the iPad 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs iPad 3 vs ASUS Vivo Tab RT fight.
The latest Apple tablet comes with a 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS display with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, oleophobic coating and scratch-resistant surface and it is powered by a dual-core Apple A6X processor at 1 GHz. iPad 4 comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16, 32, or 64 GB of internal storage, depending on the model you choose for.
The graphic processing tasks are handled by a PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU and the tablet comes pre-loaded with iOS 6. iPad 4 also comes with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, touch focus, face detection, full HD video recording and a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera with support for HD FaceTime calls.
iPad 4 has a 11,560 mAh battery, weighs in 652 grams and is 9.4 mm thick. In terms of connectivity it comes with 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm jack, GPS and GLONASS.
iPad 3 shares the same 9.7-inch Retina Display as the iPad 4, but it has a dual-core Apple A5X processor clocked at 1 GHz. It comes with 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM, the same primary camera s the iPad 4 (the 5 MP iSight camera), while the front-facing camera only records VGA videos.
The connectivity features are the same as the ones of iPad 4: WiFi (the one installed on the iPad 4 is faster according to Apple), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS and 3.5 mm jack. The iPad 4 borrowed the case and the battery of the iPad 3, thus, the New iPad as Apple called it at debut, is 9.4 mm thick, weighs in 652 grams and has a 11,560 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich but it is upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which brings split screen multitasking and other treats. Note 10.1 features a 10.1-inch display with PLS TFT technology and 1280×800 pixels, plus a quad-core Exynos 4 Quad CPU at 1.4 GHz and Mali-400MP GPU, plus 2 GB of RAM and 16/32/64 GB of internal storage.
The memory can be extended via microSD cards and the Galaxy Note 10.1 packs WiFi, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot, 3G, Bluetooth 4, microUSB, 3.5 mm jack and GPS. It has a 7,000 mAh battery weighs in 600 grams and is 8.9 mm thick.
ASUS Vivo Tab RT
The ASUS Vivo Tab RT comes pre-loaded with Windows RT and Microsoft Office 2013 out of the box and is powered by a Tegra 3 chipset based on four Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz and an ULP GeForce GPU. The ASUS table sports 2 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and it has a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels protected against scratches by a Corning Fit Glass coating.
ASUS Vivo Tab RT has an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel sensor placed on the front panel for video calls and self-shots. It has a 22 Wh battery, while weighing in 525 grams and having a profile of only 8.3 mm. The Windows RT-powered tablet packs WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and 3.5 mm audio jack.
iPad Over the Competition
Retina Display is indeed amazing and it has a resolution that makes the high-quality photos look excellent on the iPad’s display. There are also some applications in App Store for 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.
Another pro for the iPad are the optimized applications available in Apple App Store. It’s a known fact that the iPad owners are spending more on apps than the average Android owner. Therefore the developers are using the easiest way to generate profit, therefore you will find more tablet apps in the Apple Store.
The each time Apple releases an update for the iOS it will quickly become available for all the upgradable devices. On the other hand, even though Android evolved a lot since it debuted in 2008, you will not receive the software updates right away because of the fragmentation.
The camera abilities of the iPad are quite impressive. Even though it sports a 5 megapixel camera the quality of the photos outmatches the one offered by Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. I haven’t took any pictures with the ASUS VIVO Tab RT, but if the Taiwan-based company has fitted the same camera available on the TF700, I can say it will not impress anyone. I know, you will say that the camera is not so important. I won’t use a tablet to take pictures either, but after I’ve seen so many owners using their tablets to take photos or record videos, both on the street and at certain events, I can only guess that this aspect matters for some of the users.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and ASUS Vivo Tab RT Over iPad
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and ASUS Vivo Tab RT come with very bright displays, with a lot of settings that will automatically adjust the brightness and color saturation depending on the environment. ASUS Vivo Tab RT is also more versatile because of the dock-in keyboard that brings an extra battery that doubles it’s autonomy.
The Android and Windows RT tablets are betting on a new design language. Apple kept the same shape for the iPad since the first generation and it became boring. I also don’t like iPad’s back, which is very prone to scratches. There are some customers that can’t even tell the iPad from the iPad 2 the New iPad or the next iPad.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and ASUS Vivo Tab RT are thinner and lighter than the iPad, with designs that go under the 9 mm thickness threshold.
Another strength of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and ASUS Vivo Tab RT are the user interfaces, which are not simplistic and boring like the iOS. You have a lot of customization options both for Android and Windows RT. Moreover, ASUS Vivo Tab RT will amaze with the fluidity and smoothness of the Windows RT Modern UI.
Summing up, all four tablets have their ups and downs. Therefore I will let you judge which one is the winner of the iPad 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs iPad 3 vs ASUS Vivo Tab RT battle. Let us know in the comments section below.