mounted on the side. The rear is made from dimpled plastic, which is noticeably inferior to the iPad’s aluminium. We thought the Bronze version looked more upmarket than white, and both look less plasticky than the Galaxy S5.
This is where things get interesting, as Samsung is extremely proud of the Tab S’s 10.5in screen. It uses Super AMOLED technology, and has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (WQVGA). A pixel density of 280ppi means that everything looks nice and crisp, and the 16:10 aspect ratio is normal for an Android tablet.
An adaptive display mode aims to adjust the display’s gamma, saturation and sharpness depending on the content, or you can select which mode you want to use.
The iPad Air has the usual 4:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels – that’s 264ppi. It’s a 9.7in IPS panel and is a really great screen.
In terms of numbers, the Tab S wins, but whether that extra screen real-estate and those pixels make it a better tablet is debatable. On the one hand, yes, a bigger screen is better for some things, but on the other, the iPad Air is just that bit smaller.
Samsung has done well, though, to keep the Tab S’s overall dimensions down – it’s a desirable tablet.