iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?

we have Apple iPad 10.2 which is considered to be one of the 10 best tablets in 2019.  It is the best iPad Apple announced in 2019. This tablet comes with a sensitive fingerprint scanner and advantages. 

On the other hand,  It has become customary to say that the tablet market is going through hard times, their sales are declining. The reason for this is that tablets are successfully replacing smartphones with large screen sizes and long life of older tablets. It so happened that the scenarios for using tablets make them devices out of time - they watch movies, browse web pages, play and much less often work fully, using all the possibilities to the fullest. The life cycle of smartphones is maximum, they are used until they are broken or they simply do not become obsolete. And this is a problem for the sale of new devices, there is nothing in tablets that will force people to change an old device for a new one. Yes, performance improves, screens get better, software versions are updated, but all this fades into the background, since the use cases for most remain the same. A mass, typical buyer chooses a tablet at the moment and does it according to quite predictable parameters - he is interested in design, device capabilities, plus the overall price / quality ratio.

In 2019, Samsung did something unusual: instead of updating its flagship Tab S4, they first released the Tab S5e, in which they implemented the concept of a successful product with an advantageous price / quality ratio. The model was created for the buyer who is not looking for the very best characteristics, but buys a tablet for the maximum period, while using it typically - movies, games, browsing the web, and so on. This does not mean at all that there are performance flaws, it is more likely that the chipset was not set to the maximum in terms of capabilities, since for most it will be useless most of the time. For a couple of months with the tablet.. In this article, we will make a compersion between the iPad 7 and Samsung Tab S5e to see who the king is.

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?

Design & Display.

Apple iPad 10.2 is made from aluminum and the back is also made from aluminum. The iPad 10.2 comes with dimensions as clarified:250.6mm x 174.1mm x 7.5mm ( 9.87 in x 6.85 in x 0.30 in ). The device comes with a single rear camera at the top left. The S5e has a home button with a fingerprint sensor embedded in it as in the Huawei MatePad M6 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e. The front is made from glass with huge edges. There is a punch hole in the top of the screen to house the front-facing camera. The thickness of the device is 7.5mm and it weighs 483grams ( WiFi) or 493grams ( LTE).

Contrastingly, The first thing that distinguishes the tablet is that it is very thin: the thickness of the case is 5.5 mm, the weight is 400 grams. It is impossible to call it very light and weightless, but hands do not get tired of holding the tablet even when watching several episodes of some movie.

Please note that the antenna inserts are visible on the back surface, they are distributed closer to the edges of the tablet. The display has narrow bezels, but their very presence is a plus, in the tablet it is possible to accidentally press the screen if the bezels are minimal or completely absent.

There is a USB Type C connector on the bottom end, a microphone on the opposite side, and another on the side. There is also a paired volume control key, as well as an on / off button, a fingerprint sensor is also inscribed in it.

  As far as display is concerned, Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e comes with a 10.5 Super AMOLED display which is the same display that the A51 has. The screen occupies 81.6% of the front of the device. Samsung Galaxy S5e has a resolution (1600x2500) with 288 PPI.

This is an excellent display, simply the best in its class, it has no direct competitors. Adaptive brightness, color temperature and other settings let you choose how the colors on the screen appear for you.

Many people consider AMOLED screens to be poisonous in color for old memory, but their color accuracy is high, which means that there is no talk of any toxicity, this is a perfectly tuned matrix, you can watch movies with good quality. In short, everything is fine here - resolution, brightness, colors, viewing angles. In its price segment, this is one of the best displays, there are no alternatives as such.

Unlike the older model S4, as well as the S5, the S5e does not support S Pen, you can use third-party styluses, but there is no additional layer in the screen, the accuracy will be normal, not high, the degree of pressure will also not be recognized. Keep this in mind if you need a drawing tablet.

It doesn't matter if you have an HDMI cable or a keyboard case, you can still directly connect a wireless keyboard, mouse to the tablet and turn on DeX mode. In fact, this is the use of a tablet with a DeX interface, which is as much like a computer as possible and allows you to work comfortably in different windows, a kind of work mode. Our phones are used in our DeX station, and this is very good, since they provide ample opportunities, in particular, we connect different peripherals this way. And this tablet is no exception, you can get exactly the same features in it. It's a workhorse, but only for those who need it.

There are four speakers at the ends (tuned by AKG); the sound that the tablet gives out is very loud, and in most situations you crank it not to the maximum, as in other devices, but by about 65-70%.

On the flip side, Apple iPad 7 comes with a 10.2 IPS LCD display which Apple calls Retina Display. The screen occupies 74.4% of the front of the device. The iPad 7 has a resolution (1620x2160)  with 264 PPI.

 Dimensions aside, on paper, the biggest question mark regarding the screen is in its technology is in fact a  non-laminated display . It is a technology that, in a nutshell, puts a gap between the front of the screen and the LEDs, this gap after giving a lower responsiveness of the screen and a lower quality of the images. Apple has been using laminated screens on iPads for years; only the original iPad and all non-retina iPads, plus of course the 2018 iPad, had non-laminated screens.

in practice this does not mean much : when operating an iPad 7 there are no delays in the inputs, there are no problems in the use of Apple Pencil, the quality of the interface and of the photos is still very high and the color fidelity excellent. Of course the icons seem a little more "distant" from the fingertip and Truetone and WideColor are missing, but in the first case you get used to it, for the second problem you must take into account that these technologies on an iPad of this range do not make much sense.

The second novelty, less visible than the screen size but not insignificant, is the introduction of the Smart Connector also in this iPad . This magnetic connection system consists of pins that connect an external accessory with the iPad and was previously reserved for the Pro models and the third generation iPad Air; put on iPad 7 it moves up its functionality because it allows you to use keyboards such as the Smart Keyboard (iPad 10.2 is compatible with those for iPad Air and iPad 10.5 Pro) without pairing and without worries about recharging the battery.

If we talk about the Smart Keyboard we can say it has only one angle and that its design is quite particular, we can also advance some doubts about the response of the keys, but it is undoubted that having the possibility to use such an accessory is a not indifferent “plus” for iPad 2019 . Also thanks to the support for a mouse that we know is supported in iPadOs now iPad also in this entry level version can be approached to some laptops for functionality and flexibility.

If anything, speaking of Smart Connector we can discuss the fact that it is underused . In practice, there is only one Apple accessory that uses it, the Smart Keyboard, which has a very high cost that becomes difficult to accept if you think that bought at 179 euros means paying out as much as another half iPad.

There is little to say about use with Apple Pencil 1 (Apple Pencil 2 remains reserved for iPad Pro). Ergonomics and the ability to improve interaction with content are what we know well, improved if you compare it with iPad 9.7, thanks to the extra space available. The Apple pen was and remains a niche product but one that favors the adoption of iPad 7 by creatives and artists short on the budget.

We discuss, as we have always discussed, the bizarre system of charging through the Lightning port that forces you to stick the pen into the iPad for charging in a position that runs the risk of destroying the pen or iPad or both. Fortunately, there is always an alternative solution using an adapter (included in the package) and a classic Lightning cable, even if by doing so you partially lose the convenience of using iPad for charging.

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?

Operating System and Process.

Both tablets offer pretty good processors for daily use.  Apple iPad 7 powered by the A10 Fusion. It comes with 4 cores and 16nm build. It is an old CPU but it still works well for normal use. It first appeared in 2016 in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Whereas Samsung Galaxy S5e powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670. It comes with 8 cores and 10nm build.

As for the Apple iPad 10.2 GPU, The GPU is the PowerVR Series7XT Plus. In Geekbench 5 the CPU scored 565 points for single-core and 1080 points for multicores.

This 10.2 iPad can give you a decent PUBG gaming experience, although performance is not the best. This iPad allows you to choose until 60fps while playing. The performance is pretty smooth yet sometimes it is a bit annoying especially in environments with more textures. This happens while playing on the 10.2 iPad for too long.

For ForNight, although you can play at the medium 60fps instead of 30fps as it used to be, the general performance is still not good. The quality of the characters and the texture is not that great. The quality of the game is lacking all the time, the longer you play, the worse quality you get. So, even though you can play at 60fps, the game is lacking most of the time and it is not smooth. There are even times where the FPS drops down to the 20's. In other words, we don't recommend this iPad for such competitive games.

As for the Tab S5e GPU, The GPU is the Adreno 615. In Geekbench 5 the CPU scored 1676 points for single-core and 5740 points for multicores.

PUBG started with high settings, and the smoothness was good. As the Tab S6 Lite, the device comes with Game Booster mode, which increases the performance of the device for gaming. With this mode, you can increase the performance, save energy, or increase the performance while saving energy. This mode lets you know the temperature of the device and the RAM. You can also take screenshots or even record the screen while playing.

For ForNight, unlike on the Tab S6 Lite, the game works well even in the ultra-high settings. The performance is really smooth and acceptable. ForNight is perfect in high settings with high performance. The game works well without any leaks.

According to the operating system, The S5e runs also on Android 9.0(Pie) with One UI 2.0 from Samsung. It is light and easy to use. The UI supports dark mode, Knox, Kids Home which comes with its own UI. You can control the screen on time.

 On the contrast, The 10.2 iPad runs also on the new iPad OS. From the first start we are greeted by a new Home screen that takes advantage of the large display, showing notifications and customizable widgets on the left, the app icons in the widest area on the right, finally at the bottom a dock that immediately recalls that of the Macs , containing the main apps the user can choose, as well as the three most recently launched apps.

Apple has also significantly enhanced and improved the functions for multitasking . With Slide Over we can open two apps at the same time or multiple windows of the same app, convenient for example to read on the Internet with Safari, compare multiple articles in the browser, or to browse and take notes in Notes.

Just remember that only apps that are in the Dock can be dragged with a short swipe from the edge of the screen. If, on the other hand, we swipe our finger to the center of the screen, we open Slide Over Switcher which shows a thumbnail of all the open apps to choose from. Now it is also possible to open more windows of the same, indifferently to the right and left, and also to scroll between these with a swipe at the bottom.

We can also create different workspaces containing the apps we need, quickly switch between apps and workspaces with App Switcher. Among the most important improvements are those introduced in Safari which is now declared by Apple complete with all the functions we are used to using on Mac, including support for web apps, including WordPress, the productivity apps Google Docs, Squarespace, just for mention the most famous. Finally now Safari in iPadOS also gets a download manager to download and access files and documents directly from the tablet.

This latest innovation goes perfectly with the enhancement of Files, the app for browsing and managing files and folders on iPad. They are now also shown in a new column which is useful for better scrolling through folders and sub folders. You can access networked SMB file servers, iCloud Drive, preview the selected file on the fly, and memory sticks and external hard drives are also supported, as long as you buy a Lightning to USB adapter.

iPad improves nearly every aspect of iPad productivity and operation , including Apple Pencil. Cupertino declares a further reduced latency: we have a redesigned palette of tools, repositionable where we prefer, and also a gesture with Pencil to transform email messages, web pages, maps, iWork documents into PDF documents on the fly that we can annotate and highlight with Apple Pencil, ready to be shared on the fly with friends and colleagues.

The list of iPadOS news still includes the arrival of numerous shortcuts (with Smart Keyboard connected) identical to those that Mac users have been using for years, new gestures for text editing (selection, cursor management, selection, copy, cut and paste with three-finger gestures, the double three-finger tap to cancel the last entry and more), QuickType to type quickly on the virtual keyboard without ever lifting your finger from the screen, the new repositionable miniaturized virtual keyboard, the management of different graphic fonts to be used that can be purchased on the App Store, Dark Mode and in combination with macOS Catalina, also Sidecar to transform iPad and Apple Pencil into a graphic tablet of the Mac.

The innovations introduced in iPadOS tailored to iPad are numerous, all effective and powerful. There is no doubt that with iPadOS, Apple's tablets, all included, even this inexpensive 10.2 ”iPad reviewed here, become more complete and versatile productivity tools. The opinion on the new Apple operating system for tablets is certainly positive but with a clarification. Those who want to take advantage of these functions must budget some time to devote not only to familiarize themselves with the new commands and gestures, but also with a significantly different workflow from what we are used to on a Mac or Windows PC.

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?

Storage, Price, and available colors.

iPad 10.2  and Samsung Tab S5e price depends on the selected variant. the basic variant of iPad 7 with 3GB RAM and 32GB variant, it will cost you around 330.00USD ( WiFi).  The same variant will cost you around 431.00USD instead of 459.00USD  ( WiFi + Cellular). You have a 6% discount. The variant with 3GB RAM and 128GB variant, it will cost 399.00USD instead of 429.00USD ( WiFi) on Amazon. You have a 7% discount. The same variant will cost you around 514.00USD instead of 559.00USD ( WiFi + Cellular ). You have an 8% discount. You have to pay an extra 99USD to get the Apple pencil and 99USD in case you want the keyboard. It supports 2 SIM cards but it does not support an SD card. It is available in Silver, Gold,  and Space Gray colors.

Meanwhile, the basic variant of Samsung Tab S5e with 4GB RAM and 64GB variant, it will cost you around 399.00USD ( WiFi) on Amazon and have the tablet with the keyboard you need to pay extra 130USD. The variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB variant, it will cost 324.99USD instead of 549.00USD on eBay. You have a 40% discount. It supports 2 SIM cards and an SD card up to 512GB. It is available in Black, Gold, and Silver colors.

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?

Security and Ports.

For security, Apple iPad 10.2 comes with a built-in fingerprint sensor. The performance is perfect. It also supports the same classical unlocking methods which the Tab S6 Lite has such as pattern and passcode. On the other side, Samsung Tab S5e comes with a built-in fingerprint sensor. The performance is perfect. It also unlocks using 3D face recognition. It also supports the same classical unlocking methods which the Tab S6 Lite has such as pattern and passcode.

As of ports, the Tab 10.2 supports Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS.  It comes a 3.5mm headphone jack. Whereas the Tab S5e supports Bluetooth 5 and GPS. It also supports VoLTE and WiFi Calling, but it depends on your carrier. It comes with USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?

Battery and charging.

iPad 7 holds a powerful Li-Po battery with a capacity 8827 mAh battery. Whilst Samsung Tab S5e comprise a powerful Li-Po battery with a capacity of 7040mAh for better performance. It has the same battery capacity as in Samsung Tab S6. And the tablet offers fast charging.

the iPad 7 can be charged with 12w, and you can charge the battery from 0 to 100% in 4 hours. Unfortunately, it does not support fast charging. While the S5e can be charged with 18w, and you can charge the battery from 0 to 33% in 15 minutes.

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?


iPad 10.2 has a single rear camera: 8MP with f\2.4. it supports the HDR and autofocus for sharper shots. You can use the camera to record a 1080p @ 30fps or 720 @ 120fps with stereo recording. The Tab has a 1.2MP front-facing camera with f\2.2. It supports the HDR and Face Detection and also it can be used to record a video with 720@30fps.

In contrast, Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has a single rear camera: 13MP with f\2.0. it supports the HDR and autofocus for sharper shots. You can use the camera to record a 4K video with 30fps. The Tab has an 8MP front-facing camera which also can be used to record a video with 1080@30fps.

iPad 10.2 and Samsung Tab S5e which one is the king?


Both of the iPad 10.2 and S5e comes with good features for good use regarding the affordable price. For instance, both of them come with the S-Pen which provides you with multiple choices to use either of these tablets easily. Typing experience is another wonderful feature. Using the keyboard to type gives you a feeling as if you were using a laptop. Both of them also a huge battery which can last up to 10 hours.

Despite all the advantages which iPad 7 and S5e hold. Some people say that they could have been better. For instance, these tablets were not meant for epic games, especially for ForNight. It will be a huge disappointment for those who love this game. They also claim that the camera shots are still needed some enhancements. What do you think? Have you lied an eye on either of those tablets? Do you recommend them? Can we consider the negative sides that the 10.2 iPad and S5e have a great deal? Share your knowledge in the comments section below.

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