Apple Inc and Samsung in New Tablet War

Apple Inc and Samsung
The war between Apple Inc. and Samsung just got hotter with Samsung planning on releasing a premium tablet early next year. The AMOLED display with 440 pixel per inch resolution and a new 64-bit architecture is said to house 4GB of RAM, giving Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini some serious competition.

It’s pretty clear to everyone which company has led the war to dominate the tablet market in the past. The tech headlines have been saturated with Apple Inc. vs Samsung now for years too. However, the Apple vs Samsung war of tablets has just gotten a lot more interesting as Samsung plans to step-up their game with plans of launching a new premium tablet model with an AMOLED display.

Samsung has done fairly well in that past with their less expensive tablet models but it sounds like they are preparing to launch a premium set of tablets that will soon have a competitive chance against the iconic iPad. It’s being rumored that Samsung is preparing to launch an 8 and 10-inch model of the Galaxy Note 3 early in the new year.

The new Samsung tablets are also being rumored to contain an AMOLED display that is capable of 440 pixels per inch, unlike Samsungs first AMOLED that was released back in 2007. For those that don’t know, AMOLED is an acronym for Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode. Whether the new tablet will contain a curved screen or not is anybody’s guess, but the possibility is proven by Samsung to be able to exist.

It will not be an easy job dethroning Apple from the top spot in tablets. Apple Inc.’s iPad Air and iPad Mini have garnered much success for the tech giant. Both of their tablets still do contain an LCD screen, but both tablets include their resolution-enhancing Retina display, which was only one of the few reasons that set it apart from any Samsung-built tablet.

An Apple fight a DroidWhat also sets the most recent Apple Inc. products apart, in the Apple vs Samsung war, is the 64-bit architecture Apple uses on their iPhone 5S and their iPad Air. However, that competitive advantage is about to go away in the new tablet war.

Samsung executive, Stephen Woo, says that Samsung is “marching on schedule” to begin delivering their own first 64-bit processor that is based on their own proprietary optimizations. The new architecture is capable of supporting 4GB of RAM on the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab series of tablets, over the former maxed-out 3GB.

What experts are not taking into account is that users of the technology will likely purchase a platform that they are familiar with. Android lovers will likely appreciate the new premium tablet that Samsung will be putting out; while those households that currently are filled with Apple Inc. products will stay with what they are most accustomed to, another Apple product.

Pretty much everyone has seen wars erupt on their Facebook and Twitter feeds as their friends argue back and forth about which platform is better. Apple this, Samsung that, or iOS this and Android that, as the fight goes one way or another. These electronic tug-o-wars can go on what seems like forever, but ultimately in the end there is never a clear winner. Especially when the two big tech giants fight their wars in the legal sandbox.

The real truth is that it really comes down to familiarity and commonality, personal choice and taste, and personal lifestyles. Whatever works better for each individual is the clear winner in most households, but often they will stack Apple products or Samsung products to tip the scale in one direction or another. Then there are those that are in-between and blurring the lines with a mix of both.

Where the lines begin to divide is with some of the proprietary apps. Although many apps have been mirrored on both the iOS and the Android platforms, there are still a few apps that haven’t made the journey across the boundaries. One such app is Apple’s video messaging app, FaceTime.

Apple Inc. has been well known to put out proprietary hardware and software in the past. Although FaceTime is a handy app for families and groups of households that sit on the side of Apple, they will still likely have to install Microsoft’s Skype app to communicate with those friends and family that sit on the PC/Android side. Either way, both Apple and Samsung allow consumers to have a nearly endless choice of apps that will work on either platform choices.

Most doubt that Apple Inc. will ever cross any lines of division. They often will use proprietary apps, like FaceTime, to try and keep their users loyal to their products. A tactic that nearly proved fatal for the troubled RIM’s BlackBerry. Their BlackBerry messenger was only available on their own products for quite some time, but when they started to slip and falter in the smartphone market, BlackBerry realized that a cross platform messaging service was the only way to keep their current users from crossing the border to iOS or Android.

One thing is a given, the Apple Inc. vs Samsung wars will continue to erupt in news and in social media feeds as people feel the need to voice their preference one way or another. With Samsung’s plans of stepping-up the fight with a premium tablet, it will just add more fuel to the already burning fires. In the end, the only clear winner remaining is the consumers, as a variety of products from all big-name electronics manufacturers offers them this; the freedom of choice.

Opinion by Brent Matsalla

International Business Times
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4 Responses to "Apple Inc and Samsung in New Tablet War"

  1. taresu   December 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Apple is too restrictive for me!!
    Need to use i-Tunes for data transfer & use double space on iPad as well as PC. (Dont trust the cloud)
    Also Can’t use it as an USB, to plug & play into any PC.
    And of-course customization & rigid prop. formats like .mov

  2. Matt Pruski   December 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Go with new Ipad

  3. Jenny Pearson   December 8, 2013 at 9:23 am


    I’m currently a MacBook Pro user and am looking for a tablet; daughter has a Samsung tablet (Galaxy Note 3 which she loves) but uses Mac products; brother has the Windows Surface RT which is frustrating him) he’s a Windows guy – so I’m sitting on the fence.

    I used to be a Windows gal but made the jump to Mac without difficulty years ago and am very happy.

    My annoyance with Mac’s tablets is the inability to “plug” things into them – everything is done wirelessly. Yes, yes, I’m one of those “hardwired” kind of folks. I like plugging things in.

    I can’t understand why the Mac folks won’t add a USB port to their tablets… yup, that may be the decider for me.

    Any thoughts on the USB port option – to have or not to have? I’d appreciate hearing what you think.


    • Lars Pallesen   December 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

      What kind of USB peripherals do you need to plug into an iPad? Printer? Much easier with AirPrint. TV screen? Music system? Much easier with Airplay and an Apple TV. A USB memory stick or an SD Card? Apple makes adapters for both that plug into the lightning port. But yes, the general idea with an iPad is that it’s a wireless mobile device – not a desktop PC with 4-5 USB-cables permanently hanging from it.


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