Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 vs. Apple iPad Air

Are you interested in full size tablet that is affordable? Here two models Apple i Pad Air and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 appear very similar and their prices are also not so apart so choosing between them isn’t easy. Let us see here about these tablets and you decide which one suits to your requirement.

Build and Design

Samsung seems to have designed the Tab A 9.7 to be as similar as possible to the iPad Air. The devices have the same screen size, their screen bezels are nearly identical, and their corners are similarly rounded. They are both very thin and their weights are almost equal.

  • The Apple model is 9.4 by 6.6 by 0.3 inches, while Samsung’s is 9.6 by 6.6 by 0.3 inches. Both weigh almost exactly a pound, and each is equally easy to hold for long periods.
  • The iPad comes in dark grey and white, while this version of the Galaxy Tab comes in these same two colors, plus blue.
  • The build quality of both tablets is high, with each feeling like a quality product.


The Tab A 9.7 and iPad Air each has a 9.7-inch display, but the resolution of these is quite different. Apple’s model has a 2048 by 1536 screen, giving it 264 pixels per inch (ppi). The Samsung device, on the other hand, has a resolution of 1024 by 768 and a pixel density of 132 ppi. For every pixel in the Tab A, the iPad Air has four. The result is that everything on the iPad display looks crisper and clearer, especially text. Screen quality is one of the most significant differences between these two tablets, and it’s an area where the iPad Air wins hands down.

Buttons and Ports

The fact that the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 has a microSD memory card slot and the iPad doesn’t is a difference that many will find significant. This slot makes it easy and inexpensive for users to add additional storage capacity to this tablet. Users of the Apple device aren’t out in the cold, however, as there are a number of flash drives on the market made specifically for the iPad, such as the SanDisk iXpand.
Apple’s device is either controlled by the large Home button on its front, or with on-screen buttons. The Samsung model is almost as bare, with a large Home button located in the same place as the iPad, but with Back and Recent buttons silkscreened on either side. Both tablets also have Power and Volume buttons.
Apple and Samsung both chose to put their speakers on the bottom edge of their devices, on either side of their power/data ports. On the Galaxy Tab, this is a standard micro-USB slot, while Apple uses its proprietary Lightning connector. In this category, the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 scores an upper hand to its microSD memory card slot and the use of micro-USB.


Apple’s tablet uses a 64-bit, 1.4 GHz, dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. On the Geekbench 3 test it scored a 2650. Samsung’s has a 32-bit, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM. Its Geekbench 3 score is 1440.


in regular, day-to-day use, these two tablets have similar performance because the processor Samsung uses is fast enough to handle non-demanding applications. But the iPad is much more capable of running high-end games and other apps that require real horsepower. Samsung offers the Tab A 9.7 in 16GB and 32GB versions, and Apple offers its tablet in the same capacities. The iPad Air thus has its more powerful processor.

Software and Battery

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A 9.7 runs Google Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, while the iPad Air runs Apple’s own iOS 8.3.The iPad Air offers a very long battery life, with the tablet typically running for 10-12 hours on a single charge. Amazingly, the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 can outlast this. Its combination of a large battery and non-demanding processor makes it able to go for 14-16 hours. Although both models do very well, the Galaxy Tab A wins in this category.


The version of the Tab A 9.7 with 16GB of storage is $299, while the version of the iPad Air with the same amount of internal storage is $399, a $100 advantage for the Samsung model. The Tab A 9.7 32GB is $399, and the iPad Air 32GB is $449, a $50 advantage for Samsung.
The iPad Air is considered a better value, but it is understandable that those on a very tight budget are more likely to go for the Galaxy Tab A 9.7.

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