Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 vs iPad Air 2: better screen, storage, and weight in the Samsung's tablet


Apple and Samsung have been constantly in battle as to which of them offers the better gadget for users. From smartphones to phablet-sized handsets and even tablets, the innovation of the two companies are constant as they try to become the preferred option. For now, the limelight is on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 against Apple’s iPad Air 2. 

Both devices have a 9.7-inch screen but the Galaxy Tab S2 comes with an AMOLED screen display that emits better color than the iPad Air 2’s LCD screen. 

In terms of power, the Galaxy Tab S2 comes with an octa-core Exynos 5433 processor with 3 GB RAM and options of either 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage. On the other hand, the iPad Air 2 is powered by a tricore Apple A8X, along with 2 GB RAM and choices of its usual 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB selection. However, as with other Apple gadgets, the iPad Air 2 is absent of the leeway to expand through external memory, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S2 Tab that comes with a microSD slot that can accommodate up to 128 GB external expansion. 

When it comes to the camera, the rear shooter of Samsung’s product is pegged at 8 megapixels while its front shooter comes in at 2.1 megapixels. Without a flash, the camera produces good quality for well-lit places, but for darker places, the quality drops. Apple’s device also offers 8 megapixels for its back camera, while the front camera remains at 1.2 megapixels.

As for its battery, the iPad Air 2 is a step ahead with 7340 mAh, higher than the Galaxy Tab S2’s 5870 mAh. In terms of weight, the Apple Air lineup is known for being lightweight, and the iPad Air 2 comes at only 0.96 pounds. However, the Galaxy Tab S2 surpasses this feature as it weighs only 0.86 pounds.

Price-wise, Samsung’s tablet costs $499 for the 32 GB version and $599 for the 64 GB variant. Apple’s slate retails at $499, $599, and $699 for its 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB, respectively. 

Having laid down the specifications of both tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 emerges as the better option with its better screen, more storage, and lighter weight. However, it should be noted that the iPad Air 2 was released a year ago. Should Apple push through with an iPad Air 3, it may be worth revisiting and putting the gadgets neck to neck once again.