Android Advisor - - An­droid ad­vi­sor -

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.

Dis­play

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.

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