Galaxy View, iPad Pro Aim to Fire Up Tablet Market With Big Screens

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-11-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Galaxy View, iPad Pro Aim to Fire Up Tablet Market With Big Screens

    As tablet makers search for a way to shake the market from its slump, Apple and Samsung aim to break new ground by unveiling new devices with huge screens.
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    There's a Big Difference on Screen Size
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    There's a Big Difference on Screen Size

    If the choice between the iPad Pro and Galaxy View was just all about screen size, then Samsung's model would win every time. The tablet, after all, comes with an 18.4-inch screen, making it one of the largest tablets ever unveiled. The iPad Pro is no slouch at 12.9 inches, but it's still quite smaller than Samsung's alternative.
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    Apple's iPad Pro Was Made for Business Users

    Although there will undoubtedly be some consumers who buy the iPad Pro, Apple has said time and again that the iPad Pro is designed with the enterprise in mind. The company believes that the iPad Pro can be a suitable alternative to enterprise-focused lightweight notebooks, and judging by its power and accessories, there's no reason not to believe it.
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    Samsung Seems More Focused on Entertainment
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    Samsung Seems More Focused on Entertainment

    Samsung is more focused on entertainment with the Galaxy View. The company has even designed a special interface for the tablet that allows for easy access to a wide range of applications, including Netflix and Hulu. Samsung envisions the Galaxy View sitting on a counter and used to watch movies, not as an enterprise solution.
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    A Look Inside the Internal Features
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    A Look Inside the Internal Features

    The iPad Pro comes with some impressive specs, including the A9X processor, which the company says, is more powerful than a large number of lightweight notebooks. The iPad Pro also features a Touch ID button for security and up to 128GB of storage. The Galaxy View runs on a 1.6GHz octa-core processor and has 2GB of memory. The Galaxy View includes 32GB of on-board storage, and its full-HD display has a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080.
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    Portability Might Be a Deciding Factor
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    Portability Might Be a Deciding Factor

    Since they're both big devices, neither the iPad Pro nor the Galaxy View are necessarily easily portable tablets. Although it comes with a handle, the Galaxy View is nearly 18 inches by approximately 11 inches in size. What's more, it weighs a whopping 5.8 pounds. The iPad Pro is no slouch in the size department, measuring 12 inches by 8.7 inches, but it's notably lighter at just 1.57 to 1.59 pounds, depending on the version.
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    Galaxy View Addresses Portability With a Handle
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    Galaxy View Addresses Portability With a Handle

    Samsung has delivered a built-in handle with the Galaxy View. On the back of the device, users will find a handle that sits above a kickstand-like component designed to help them carry it around. The handle is a smart move, considering the device is quite large and somewhat heavy and may be difficult to carry for some folks without the help of a handle. Users won't find a handle in the iPad Pro.
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    It's a Choice Between iOS 9 and Android Lollipop
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    It's a Choice Between iOS 9 and Android Lollipop

    One of the main differences between the iPad Pro and Galaxy View is their operating system choices. Apple's iPad Pro runs on the company's iOS 9 operating system, while the Galaxy View offers Android Lollipop. That said, Samsung has placed some design flair atop the Android build, which will make it look a bit different compared to competing devices that run the standard operating system.
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    iPad Pro has the Apple Pencil That's Sold Separately

    The Apple Pencil could become an important selling point for the iPad Pro. The stylus is capable of handling user inputs via a pen-like input, and includes everything from shading to accurate handwriting. Apple Pencil won't come in the box, but Apple says it'll be an important component to have. It's hard to disagree, based on what the company has shown off so far.
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    How Important Is LTE Connectivity?
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    How Important Is LTE Connectivity?

    Consumers will ultimately need to determine the importance of LTE connectivity when they compare the two devices. The Galaxy View is WiFi-only, which may be an issue for some customers. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, will be able to connect to both WiFi networks and LTE. If that's desirable, choosing Apple's option would be best.
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    Pricing Is a Major Factor in the Buying Decision
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    Pricing Is a Major Factor in the Buying Decision

    Price may seal the deal for certain customers. After all, if the price-to-value ratio is right, they'll buy it. The Galaxy View is available for $600. The iPad Pro, however, comes with several different models and prices. The WiFi-only models go for $799 and $949 for the 32GB and 128GB models, respectively. The LTE-ready version, which has 128GB of storage, goes for $1,079. The iPad Pro will be available this month. According to Samsung's site, its Galaxy View is available to ship within the next several days.
 

Tablet makers have been looking for a way to shake the market out of the sales slump that has persisted for more than a year. Both Apple and Samsung are trying to break new ground in the market by unveiling devices with extremely large screens. While those big screen models—ranging from nearly 13 inches to more than 18 inches—have gotten much of the attention, the devices also offer several other features that could help the troubled tablet market. The need for a solution remains urgent: The latest data from research firm IDC shows that tablet shipments were down again in the third quarter, and both Apple and Samsung, the market leaders, are having trouble firing up sales. Both companies are hoping that bigger tablets will attract buyers who have ignored their smaller models. Time will tell if this approach will work. This slide show will take a look at the features in the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy View to see if they have what it takes beyond the big screens to be successful in the tumbling tablet market.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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