Are you looking for a new tablet for work, school, or just entertainment? Interestingly enough when it comes to tablets, people are more agnostic when it comes to the platform, unlike phones where people tend to be more loyal to one platform as they upgrade their devices over the years.
This means that even if you’re a hardcore Android fan and user, there’s no denying that Apple’s iPads are pretty tempting as far as tablets are concerned. But if you’re still undecided on what to get, maybe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE could be a great iPad alternative, and here are several reasons why you should consider it.
S Pen included
There is without a doubt that Apple kind of changed the stylus game when they introduced the Apple Pencil. Samsung is no stranger to styluses especially when they introduced it in their Galaxy Note series years ago, but the Apple Pencil seriously kicked things up a notch with its low-latency and pressure-sensing capabilities.
The only issue is that Apple doesn’t bundle Apple Pencil with its iPads, meaning that if you want it, you’ll have to pay extra for it. That isn’t the case with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE, and even though it is an “FE” model, Samsung has included the S Pen with the tablet which means that you won’t have to spend more money than you already have and can start drawing and writing right out of the box.
The S Pen itself is a fantastic accessory and apart from using it like a regular stylus, it can be used to interact with the tablet in other ways, making it a bit more functional compared to the Apple Pencil if you’re looking to do more than just draw and write.
Faster display refresh rate
Another reason why you might consider the Galaxy Tab S9 FE over the iPad is its display. Both the Galaxy Tab S9 FE and iPad offer similar display sizes and the iPad actually has a marginally higher resolution, but to the naked eye we doubt most people can’t tell the difference.
The one advantage the Samsung tablet has is that its display has a 90Hz refresh rate, making it smoother compared to the iPad’s 60Hz refresh rate. This means that things like scrolling through websites, drawing, and writing, will feel a lot smoother. Also, if you’re coming from a phone with a high refresh rate, it will feel less jarring when using the Galaxy Tab S9 FE compared to dropping down to 60Hz on the iPad.
Longer lasting battery with faster charging
Apple’s iPads are usually known for having decent battery life, but if you’re looking for something better than decent, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE’s battery life could give Apple a run for their money.
The tablet is rated for 18 hours of battery life on a single charge, versus the iPad Air which is said to last 10 hours. If you’re the type of person constantly on the move and won’t always have access to charging, then the Galaxy Tab S9 FE is definitely the better choice. Plus, it supports Super Fast Charging that will top it up in about 90 minutes with the 45W charger (sold separately, by the way), so even if you’re in a rush, you should be able to charge it up to usable levels in a relatively short amount of time.
Price is also another reason why the Galaxy Tab S9 FE could be a better choice than the iPad. Samsung’s tablet is currently on sale where it’s being sold for $419.99, a drop of about $30 from its usual asking price of $449.99.
Apple’s cheapest iPad in a similar class is the 9th gen iPad which is being sold at $329, but obviously if we’re going to compare apples to apples, the 10th gen iPad is sold for $449, while the iPad Air is priced over $500.
Keep in mind that the iPad does not come with the Apple Pencil so if you want a tablet for drawing or writing purposes, that is going to cost you at least another $79 for the USB-C Apple Pencil, or $129 for the 2nd gen Apple Pencil, so that should be taken into consideration.
Tight integration with Android
Last but not least, the Galaxy Tab S9 FE runs on Android and that could be one of the major factors for consideration. If you’re an iPhone user, it makes more sense to buy the iPad as both devices do play nicely with each other.
If you’re an Android user, the same can be said with the Galaxy Tab S9 FE where you can easily sync up your Google accounts and apps. Also, if you’ve already bought a ton of apps and stuff from the Google Play Store, you won’t have to buy them again compared to if you were using an iPad where you’d have to create a new account with Apple and buy your apps again.
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