Bigger is better, right?
That's been Samsung's formula for success. The Korean conglomerate's introduction of its plus-sized Galaxy Note was so successful that other hardware manufacturers copied its lead.
Not to be left behind, Apple finally caved to consumer's demands and also introduced an upsized iPhone 6. By Nov. 11, we'll finally get our hands on an upsized 12.9-inch iPad Pro, too. Not to be outdone, however, Samsung's 18.4-inch Galaxy View is coming to town to cast a shadow on the iPad Pro's release. The Galaxy View will reportedly be available by Nov. 6.
Now with the two largest tablets in the market going on sale just days apart from each other, which is the better buy? Well, bigger ain't always better. Here's why:
The iPad Pro's screen measures at 12.9-inches; the Galaxy View's at 18.4-inches. Tablets are ideal for media consumption. The bigger the screen, the more we can consume and Samsung offers as much as half a foot more screen real estate than Apple.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy View's primary advantage over the iPad Pro is also the source of its weaknesses. The Galaxy View's large screen is great for Netflix binging, but it's just as good for getting lost in YouTube videos, Facebook videos, Snapchat videos, and a multitude of other apps that can be run at the same time on all that screen space. Sadly, the device's meager 2 GB RAM may not provide an experience as seamless as the iPad Pro's more generous 4 GB of RAM. In short, there will be more waiting, more hanging and more crashing on the Samsung device.
If customers can stick to just running a handful of apps on the Galaxy View, they'll then have to keep the device at distance. With a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, pixels will be more noticeable than on the iPad Pro's higher resolution 2,732x 2,048 display. "Lord of The Rings" will look much crispier on the iPad Pro.
However, completing the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy in one sitting may prove to be a difficult task with the Galaxy View's estimated battery life of eight hours. Running on Android's latest 6.0 Marshmallow update might have helped it last longer than that, except the device is running on last year's 5.1 Lollipop instead. On the other hand, the iPad Pro might even have some juice left over after the final film in the series with its 10 hours of battery life.
The rest of the specs sheet for both devices are arguably competitive enough: the iPad Pro speeds through tasks with Apple's latest 64-bit A9X chip while Samsung still gets by on its Exynos 7580 Octa-core 1.6 GHz processor and both devices start with 32 GB of storage all the way up to 128 GB.
By mid-November, we'll have a better understanding of how both devices compare against each other in real-world scenarios. The numbers don't lie though and should give us a peek at what to expect. In this case, it looks like a bigger screen may not be all it's cracked up to be. At the very least, cracked screens should be less of an occurrence with the Galaxy View. It's got a nifty handle for easy transport.