Samsung in February Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra unveiled, a high-end tablet with its 14.6-inch OLED display to beat the iPad Pro. In our latest YouTube video, we shook hands with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra to see if the company has really built something that’s better than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Priced starting at $899.99 for 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is more affordable than the $1,099 128GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro, albeit with a larger 14.6-inch AMOLED display. Apple’s iPad Pro uses Mini-LED technology, and both have the same 120Hz maximum refresh rate.
Samsung designed the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with slim bezels, but it’s worth noting that there’s a notch for the front-facing camera, even though Samsung has previously asked Apple to include a notch on some of its devices. was made fun of. Apple’s iPads don’t have a notch at the moment, so Samsung is breaking ground on the notch front of tablets.
Despite the notch, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s display is its best selling point, and the OLED panel has an edge over the iPad Pro’s mini-LED panel due to blooms, or light leaks that cause some on-screen elements to be unwanted. Can be made. Glow effect when viewing high contrast content.
Samsung put the front camera on the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in landscape orientation, which makes sense on a tablet of this size since it’s a desktop-like experience. The iPad Pro has cameras set up for use in portrait orientation, which is awkward on the larger display.
There is a built-in facial recognition system, but Android device makers have not mastered the technology equivalent to Face ID, so its scope is limited and cannot be used for purchases or password authentication. Instead, there’s a fingerprint reader built into the power button, similar to Apple’s iPad Air.
The iPad Pro has the Apple Pencil as an input device, and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has the S-Pen, which is actually included in the box with the tablet, so it doesn’t require additional purchases. The S-Pen is more feature-rich than the Apple Pencil with Air Command apart from the standard stylus support. The Apple Pencil and S-Pen both perform similarly, with minimal lag and similar palm rejection capabilities.
You can get a keyboard with trackpad for the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for an additional $350. The keys are fine, but the trackpad lags far behind Apple’s Magic Keyboard in terms of usability. Battery life is the same, but Samsung does offer 45W fast charging to make it charge faster.
When it comes to hardware, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro are similar and both are great tablets, but the software is what sets the two apart. The iPadOS operating system may provide a better desktop experience, but it’s still better than Samsung’s Android-based tablet software. Apps don’t always work properly, scale is off, and there are many other problems.
Samsung developed DeX for a better desktop multitasking experience, and it’s something like Chrome OS with a dedicated dock, but it’s still not a complete computer replacement, much like the iPad Pro. As for performance, the M1 chip is quite fast, and there’s no real competition.
Overall, the iPad Pro wins due to the software experience and the performance of the M1 chip, but the ecosystem is an important factor. No dedicated Samsung user will want to own an iPad, and the same goes for Apple device users who are locked into Apple’s ecosystem.
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