Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra vs. Apple’s iPad Pro

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra vs. Apple's iPad Pro

Samsung in February unveiled the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, a high-end tablet intended to surpass the iPad Pro with its 14.6-inch OLED display. In our latest YouTube video, we took a look at Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra to see if the company has indeed created anything better than the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌.

Starting at $899.99 for 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is more affordable than the $1,099 128GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro, even though it’s bigger with its screen 14.6-inch AMOLED. Apple’s ‌iPad Pro‌ uses mini-LED technology and both have the same maximum refresh rate of 120Hz.

Samsung designed the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with slim bezels, but it’s worth noting that there’s a notch for the front camera, even though Samsung has already poked fun at Apple for including a notch on some of its devices. Apple iPads don’t currently have a notch, so Samsung is innovating on the notch front of the tablet.

Despite the notch, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s display is its biggest selling point, and the OLED panel has an edge over the ‌iPad Pro‌’s mini LED panel due to blooming or light leaking that can cause some items on the screen. glowing effect when viewing high contrast content.

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Samsung has placed the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s front camera in a landscape orientation, which makes sense on a tablet of this size as it’s more of a desktop-like experience. The ‌iPad Pro‌ has the cameras positioned for use in portrait orientation, which is awkward on a larger screen.

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There is a built-in facial recognition system, but Android device manufacturers do not master the technology equivalent to Face ID, so its range is limited and cannot be used for purchases or password authentication. Instead, there’s a fingerprint reader built into the power button, similar to Apple’s iPad Air.

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The ‌iPad Pro‌ has the Apple Pencil as its input device, and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has the S-Pen, which is actually included in the box with the tablet so it doesn’t require an additional purchase. The S-Pen is more feature-rich than the ‌Apple Pencil‌ with air controls in addition to standard stylus support. The ‌Apple Pencil‌ and S-Pen work the same way, with minimal lag and the same palm rejection capabilities.

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You can get a keyboard with a trackpad for the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for an extra $350. The keys are good, but the trackpad lags far behind Apple’s Magic Keyboard in usability. Battery life is similar, but Samsung offers 45W fast charging so it can recharge faster.

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When it comes to hardware, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ are similar and both are great tablets, but the software is what sets them apart. The iPadOS operating system might offer a better desktop experience, but it still outperforms Samsung’s Android-based tablet software. Apps don’t always work properly, the scale is off, and there are several other issues.

Samsung developed DeX for a better desktop multitasking experience, and it’s similar to something like Chrome OS with a dedicated dock, but it’s still not a complete desktop replacement, much like the ‌iPad Pro. In terms of performance, the M1 chip is significantly faster and there is no real competition.

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Overall, the ‌iPad Pro‌ wins because of the software experience and the performance of the ‌M1‌ chip, but the ecosystem is a big factor. No dedicated Samsung user will want to pick up an iPad, and the same goes for Apple device users who are locked into Apple’s ecosystem.

Have you tried the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra? Let us know in the comments.