Smackdown Between Ipad Pro & Galaxy Tab S6

What happens when you put down the highly-rated Ipad Pro next to the top-notch Galaxy Tab? First, your eyes linger here and there and you bite your nails at the excitement. Acumen from the looks, you purblindly go for the Ipad Pro. Hence once again we fail to collate and comprehend how startling other tablet devices are too.

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On a quick note, Samsung announced that Galaxy Tab S6 begins at 350$ with the pen(obviously). So let’s roll!

5. Hardware:

Principally, the Ipad Pro comes in two sizes, the 11'inch, and 12'9 inches. And the Samsung Galaxy comes at a 10'6-inch form factor. The Galaxy S6 has 2560 pixels x 1600 pixels and the Ipad 11' inch is 2224 pixels x 1668 pixels. One thing to jot down is that the pixels are partially varied due to the aspect ratio being different is the S6 having a 16/10 ratio and the Ipad is 4/3 ratio. Visually they have a lot more common, the squared-off edges to the antenna lines along the back, the aluminum finish. Even dropping the physical face buttons that used to be on the bottom of the screen.

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The Ipad Pro is rocking an 8'12 Z Bionic chip while the S6 has a snapdragon 865. So what does this mean now? Honestly, I don’t know. What I know is they’re capable of handling any drawing or illustration application you throw at them. So what about the RAM? Both the Ipad Pro and Galaxy S6 have 6 gigabytes. But the one difference is if you jump up to the larger storage size on the Galaxy S6 you’re going to get another 2 gigabytes of RAM. Storage is pretty similar to both of these starting at 128 gigs. The Ipad Pro can go all the way up to a full terabyte of storage. The highest configuration of Galaxy S6 maxes out at 256 gigs.

4. The Pens

The first entity you need to know is that both the pens are rechargeable. For the Ipad Pro, the pen recharges while you slap it along the side. The Galaxy S6’s pen rests at the little pivot located at the back. Honestly, side charging is much better to be preferred. It’s just that your Galaxy S6 tab doesn’t sit flat when it is attached to it. Also, it tends to pop-off easily because of the placement.

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The most important thing to note is, the Galaxy S6’s pen comes in a compact with the tab itself. Whereas the Apple pen is another 130$. Though both pens are rechargeable, one key contrast is that the Apple pen’s battery is necessary to work. When it runs out of charge, the Apple pen just drops down. On the other hand, the Galaxy S6 pen could go on and on for a longer period. The motive is that the Battery and the Bluetooth feature in the S-pen aren’t demanded to drawing. They’re obligated for motion controls. Samsung has baked into the pen-like swiping to change images. Or use the pen to snap photos from a distance.

3. The Price

The smallest Ipad Pro begins at 799$ and the Galaxy S6 starts at 649$. But it is available for a less price now, you just have to get lucky. (since it is out for a few months now). This is customary for Samsung products as the prices drop at a faster rate than the Apple products. That’s for sure! Samsung products are also usually on a shorter refresh cycle. New Galaxy tabs come out every year. And the Ipads transpires out in one and a half years. So when you’re deliberating about the price here the S6 pen comes packed with the Galaxy tab itself. Whereas the Apple pen is an extra 130$. Undeniably something to contemplate when you’re focusing on the purchase price. Now neither of these comes with a keyboard cover, both of them have optional covers you could get. And both of them are fairly pricy, you could check them at amazon. The Ipad Pro has launched this Magic keyboard and costs about another 300$ for the 11'inch Ipad Pro. And 350$ for the 12'9 inch Ipad Pro.

Altogether it is stunning, but I swear that’s the price of base-level Ipad Pros itself. Manifestly you will be cogitating inside your head, that’s a lot and the entire planet understands. But you could always step back and get an older refurbished Ipad Pro. Or you can get one of the lower end Ipads that all support the Apple pencil.

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You could do something akin you can grab the tab S4 which came out 2 years ago. This Galaxy S4 tab comes with a pen, also great drawing experience. Be cautious though the Galaxy tab s5 tab does not come with a pen and does not buttress a pen. All-embracing you cannot use a pen with it. This is something you have to pay attention to Samsung tablets. That not all of the Samsung tablets are compatible with the pen. Even if you buy a pen separately this might not work for your tablet.

2. Drawing Experience

Both of them are too good. They both are eternally great.

Both are accurate and have great pressure sensitivity.

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But the Apple pen edges out the Wacom powered stylus that comes with the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 portrays palm rejection. Whenever you draw on this device you’re always left with dots wherever your palm places itself on the screen. This does not take place in the Ipad. In some apps, you may find yourself accidentally zooming in and out from time to time. Because it thinks your pen is one-finger and your palm is another finger. This is quotidian and materializes mostly but this isn’t nasty as many of the other Bluetooth stylus. In Android, some applications will allow you to toggle offhand gestures. So when you’re drawing on the canvas those extra dots will not ensue. The hitch here is you’re giving up the functionality of those apps. Things like using two fingers to tap to undo or pinching, zooming is one of the things that’s decided by on an app by app basis. The Palm Rejection is the key to draw on the tablet. And is one of those artifacts that the Apple Pen nailed from day one.

1. Software

I think one area that separates the Android from the Ipad is the software. The Galaxy S6 tab is an incredibly capable machine. But it doesn’t have the same level of software that the Ipad Pro has. Though the painter is noteworthy, there are some stability issues and supports only a limited number of undo’s. Sometimes it is the same way about Android too.

Art Flow is a marvelous application. But does not have as many hand gestures. It just feels like everything is so close but not quite there yet. When you compare some of those programs to procreate feature for feature, it is not bad. But when you look at pro-level apps like Photoshop, Affinity Designer, or Affinity Painter you just don’t have anything like that on Android. The Krita app is being worked on Android. I don’t know when it’s coming out. Really who knows? It’s an upcoming app in the future. Yes! It’s an open-source app. Probably it is gonna take a longer time to be initiated than we want to. That’s what the buzz is about. So it’s better to read the Krita forums.

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I’ve always wondered what it is about the app makers? Why do they shy away from Android as a platform? The hardware is there and the hardware is incredibly capable. I think there are several reasons. One of the major reasons is that Android is quite popular on phones but not on tablets. Especially not on the high-end tablets. There are budget based Android tablets, but they are not illustration friendly. They don’t have pens packed in that work natively. This creates a chicken versus the egg scenario. So many illustrators are looking at Android and saying hmm, there are no apps quite there yet and so we are not going to purchase the Android device. And here comes the developers saying that there are not a lot of artists in illustrators on Androids. So maybe we shouldn’t jump in and start creating software for that.

Winner-Winner Chicken Dinner!

At the end of the day, software support that is available for the Ipad edges out Android in that way. Android Hardware is prodigious. Especially Samsung does the primary phone as an Android phone. But when it comes to drawing and illustration, the Ipad stands out! Indeed fantastic drawing experience and fantastic applications to back it up. So the verdict is, I’m giving the edge to the Ipad. Maybe in a couple of years when Android catches up, I think that ecosystem has a lot of potentials. It’s just that, it is not there yet. Feels like it’s about five years behind where the Ipad is!

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So what do you think? Do let me know in the comments down below and thank you for reading!



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