Samsung Tab S3, Apple gives it a run for its money

Jan 31, 2018 AT 06:21 AM | BY LifeBanter


Samsung is taking on Apple iPad Pro with the Galaxy S3. It is obvious to me that the S3 tries to match the features and price of the 9.7 inch iPad Pro.

Take its screen, which has the same size and screen resolution as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Samsung probably wins here – the S3’s Super Amoled screen offers vivid colors with deeper blacks, in comparison with the iPad LCD screen.

The S3 display also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR), which means that it can play richer and more realistic HDR videos. This content is mostly available from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. But while Netflix and Amazon have announced plans to deploy HDR support for mobile devices, they have yet to do so.

The S3 and the iPad Pro weigh about the same. The S3 has an aluminum frame with a glass back is nice to hold. It is a fingerprint magnet, although fingerprints are not as visible on the silver model as they are on the black version. Another consideration – the glass is more fragile than the iPad unibody metal chassis.

Like the iPad Pro, the S3 is meant to be more than just a device to consume media. Therefore, it comes with the S Pen, a pressure-sensitive stylus which works well in tandem with Samsung’s Air Command software. This utility displayed as a round button on the screen, and allows users to create a note, a capture of the screen, and even translate text via Google Translate, highlighting what you want to translate with the stylus.

I found the stylus to be a great tablet companion. The Translate feature is particularly handy and the pen is well-behaved when writing, with little latency.

The S3 comes with a keyboard cover ($198), which transforms the device into a laptop. Judging by its size, the keyboard seems cramped. It lacks a touchpad, too.

Samsung has supported the multi – window mode to run two applications on one screen, for a few years now. This multi-tasking feature is now built into the Android Nougat mobile operating system on the S3. It is particularly useful on a larger tablet compared to a mobile phone. However, this feature is currently not supported on applications like Netflix, Mario Run in Bamboo and Paper, to name a few.

The S3 lasted 11hr 38min in our looped video battery life test, eclipsing the iPad Pro 8hr.

The Galaxy Tab S3 for the price of $898 for the Wi-Fi version and $1,098 for the model LTE. These prices are actually $10 more than the equivalent of the iPad Pro. However, the Samsung bundles its S Pen stylus with the S3, then you would need to pay an extra $148 for the Apple Pencil. If you lose the S Pen, which is quite possible to see that you cannot store it inside the tablet, it costs $118 for a replacement.

You can add a microSD card (up to 256 gb) for the S3 if you need more internal storage space. This option is not available for Apple devices, and the upgrade to the 256gb of the iPad Pro model costs an extra $300.

But I would not hesitate to call the S3 a good value for the money. Apple has more tablet-optimized applications, as well as Nougat, the multi-window feature can help to reduce the gap.

I am also not convinced that the tablets can be double the productivity of the devices, even if the manufacturers try to transform them into these devices through the addition of keyboard and stylus accessories. They do not work as well as a good convertible hybrids.

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