Tablet showdown: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S versus the iPad

Which tablet is best for you?

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is an impressive tablet -- probably the best Android tablet you can buy. But how does it stack up against the iPad? I've got the rundown for you.

Screen

Let's get right to the most important feature: The screen. Here I'll have to give the nod to the Galaxy Tab S. Start off with screen size: It's got a 10.5-inch screen compared to the iPad's 9.7 inches, and that's a real difference, not a marginal one. The Galaxy Tab S's screen has a higher resolution as well: 2,560 x 1,600 versus the iPad's 2,048 x 1,536. And the Tab S comes out ahead on pixel density as well, 288 ppi versus 264 for the iPad.

Storage

The iPad wins this one by a hair. It has models with storage capacities of 6 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB, while the Galaxy Tab S has models with only 16GB and 32 GB. On the other hand, it has a microSD slot that support cards with up to 128 GB of memory, and the iPad doesn't have a microSD slot.

Power

The Tab S comes out on top here as well, with an octa-core Cortex-A7 processor that's a combination of 1.9 GHz quad-core and 1.3 GHz quad-core. The iPad has a slower dual-core 1.4 Ghz processor. The Tab S also comes with 3 GB of RAM to the iPad's 1 GB.

Software

When it comes to simplicity and elegance, the iPad's iOS operating system can't be beat. On the other hand, Android bristles with features and can be customized far more than iOS. This is one of those religious issues that can't be debated. iOS fans will opt for the iPad; Android fans for the Galaxy Tab S.

Bottom line

So which is best for you? From a purely hardware point of view, the Tab S is a better bet with a better screen, faster processor, and more RAM. But this is an instance where the underlying operating system is even more important than hardware. Those who favor simplicity and grace will want the iPad; those who like the ability to customize will want the Tab S.

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