If you’re on the search for a new high-end tablet that has impressive features, then you are in luck. Today we are comparing two of the best tablets of the rivaling companies Samsung and Apple. So stay tuned to see the in-depth comparison between the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the iPad Air 2 that has just arrived on the market.

Design

Both tablets have quite the premium look, the Samsung one having a perforated back, while the Apple device shows off a slick aluminium back.

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The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 used to be the thinnest tablet on the market at 6.6 mm, but Apple decided to make their new tablet even thinner at 6.1 mm. The difference is not that astounding, so, in our opinion, the thickness shouldn’t matter. The Samsung tablet is also heavier than the Apple one (which has 437 g) at 465 g, but the extra weight is explained by the larger display.

As for color choices, the South Korean tech giant gave its tablet two options: Titanium Bronze and Dazzling White which resemble the Galaxy S5’s colors. The iPad Air 2 comes in three color choices: Gold and Silver (which are similar to Samsung’s colors) and a Space Grey one (basically black).

Display

The Samsung tablet has, obviously, a 10.5 inches display which is larger than the one seen on iPad Air 2 that measures 9.7 inches. They are both large displays, but the difference between the two is not to be ignored.

As for quality, the iPad Air 2 has an IPS screen which allows a pixel resolution of 2048×1536 and a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. The unusual thing with this tablet is that the aspect ratio is 43, but Apple has done this before, and the image still looks amazing. A new feature that the company brought to their new tablet is an anti-reflective coating ensuring the best experience when watching movies or any other show.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 isn’t doing too bad either, having a Super AMOLED screen that is known to show off one of the best color representation in the tech industry. The pixel resolution is of 2560×1600 while the pixel density sits at 280 pixels per inch. The aspect ratio is of 1610, which makes the user experience one of the best out there.

Processor

The iPad Air 2 has an interesting feature: two processors. One processor is equipped with Apple’s very own A8X chipset, while the second processor is a motion one which will ensure that the tablet is more responsive to your activities. The tablet has 1 GB of RAM and multiple choices for the internal memory: 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. However, as Apple never includes a microSD card slot, no expansion of this storage capacity is available.

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has two choices of processor: one equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset or an octa-core equipped with the Exynos 5 chipset. The RAM available is of 3 GB, while the internal storage capacity is of 16 GB. Even though this device does not have multiple choices when it comes to internal memory, the company decided to include a microSD card slot to expand the memory up to 128 GB more.

Even if from these specifications it would seem that the Samsung device will have the Apple one beat, both have been included in the Manhattan test. The iPad’s results were almost double to what the Galaxy Tab has scored.

Camera

In this department, Samsung is the winner by a slight advantage. Both devices have an 8 MP principal camera, but the Apple one does not have LED flash. As for the secondary camera, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has a 2.1 MP one, while the iPad Air 2 has a 1.2 MP camera. Both devices have 1080p video recording available.

Software

We cannot decide a winner in this category, because operating systems are mostly a matter of personal taste. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 runs on the current latest Android version: the 5.0 Lollipop. As for Apple’s iPad Air 2 it also runs on the latest version of their OS, iOS 8.

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Price

The price of both the iPad Air 2 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 starts at 625 US dollars, so if this is one of the deciding factors for you, you might want to make your decision on the other specifications we have mentioned to you.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 might be slightly more advantageous when considering the internal storage capacity: it only compes with 16 GB of space, but you can boost it through a microSD card. A good example is boosting it to 80 GB: you’d pay around 45 US dollars, making the whole price 670 dollars. Considering that the 64 GB version of iPad Air (which does not allow a microSD card) costs around 750 US dollars, you’ve got yourself a bargain there.

Final thoughts

Both devices are good in their own way: the Samsung one could be slightly cheaper and better with photography, while the Apple device shows off better performance when gaming. The decision is yours, based on what your desires are from a highend tablet.