The battle of the two tech giants, namely Samsung and Apple, has benefitted the customers more than anyone else. Even though there are a lot of companies out there that manufacture smartphones and tablets, however, these two have managed to remain favorites from the past one decade. It’s a well-known fact that Apple, for some reason, doesn’t manufacture low-end and mid-range phones, however, the scenario is different when it comes to tablets.

Apple introduced the Apple iPad 10.2 (7th-Gen) in the last quarter of 2019, and because of its price range, we couldn’t resist comparing it to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which also costs around the same.

If you’re keen to learn the differences and similarities between these two mid-ranged tablets, then grab a cup of joe, and keep reading ahead for a detailed comparison, which will cover every aspect.

Galaxy Tab S6 LiteiPad 10.2 (7th Gen)
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PROSPROS
S-pen is included.
64GB Storage.
Smaller Bezels.
Killer GPU Performance.
Value for money.
Bigger Battery.
Touch ID.
CONSCONS
Smaller Battery.
Poor GPU Performance.
Old Design.
Apple Pencil isn’t included in the box.
Poor front camera.

DESIGN

Galaxy Tab S6 LiteiPad 10.2
Dimensions9.63 x 6.07 x 0.28 inches (244.5 x 154.3 x 7 mm)9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29 inches (248.9 x 172.7 x 7.4 mm)
Weight16.47 oz (465.0 g)17.39 oz (493.0 g)
MaterialsBack: AluminumBack: Aluminum
BiometricsFingerprint (touch)
FeaturesStylus
ColorsOxford gray, Angora blue, Chiffon pinkSilver, Space gray, Gold

When it comes to design, it’s well-known that Samsung doesn’t hesitate to experiment with the looks of their devices. Apple, on the other hand, hasn’t innovated much in the past. The iPad 10.2 (7th Gen) looks very similar to the first generation of iPad. However, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite lacks nothing in appearance and looks identical to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.

The frame and back of both the tablets are made out of solid Aluminum, which is a plus point. However, if you place them side by side, the bigger bezels, and a broader presence on the iPad 10.2 become very apparent. Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, on the other hand, has smaller bezels, and its 7mm thickness makes it slimmer than the 7.5mm iPad.

The iconic fingerprint scanner at the front of the iPad 10.2 makes it look like a bigger version of the iPhone, while the Tab S6 Lite doesn’t have any buttons on the front, and there’s no fingerprint scanner on the side as well.

DISPLAY

Galaxy Tab S6 LiteiPad 10.2
Size10.4 inches10.2 inches
Resolution2000 x 1200 pixels, 16:10 ratio, 224 PPI2160 x 1620 pixels, 4:3 ratio, 265 PPI
TechnologyIPS LCDIPS LCD
Screen-to-body81.63 %74.94 %
FeaturesAmbient light sensorOleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor

There’s a noticeable difference in the display of both the tablets, and if you compare them side by side, you’ll notice that the iPad is much broader than the Tab S6 Lite. As the name suggests, the iPad comes packed with a 10.2-inch IPS display unit, while the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is equipped with a slightly bigger 10.4-inch TFT touch screen.

IPS and TFT are both technically LCDs. However, the significant difference between the two devices is that iPad 10.2 doesn’t have a laminated display. In simple words, the glass and screen in the iPad have a gap, which makes it a little less responsive, especially if you try drawing something with the Apple Pencil. The viewing angles, however, on the iPad 10.2 are much better than the Tab S6 Lite. Furthermore, iPad 10.2 has a PPI density of 264, which is higher than the Tab S6 Lite.

CAMERA & SPEAKERS

Galaxy Tab S6 LiteiPad 10.2
RearSingle cameraSingle camera
Main camera8 MP (Autofocus)8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
Video recording1920×1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)1920×1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280×720 (HD) (120 fps)
Front5 MP1.2 MP (HDR)
Headphones3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
SpeakersMultiple speakersMultiple speakers

You get an 8MP primary camera on the back of both the tablets. However, the final results in both pictures and videos differ. You can record in 1080p at 30fps in both the devices; however, Apple goes one step forward and gives you the option of recording slo-mo at 720p. If you compare the photos taken by both, Tab S6 Lite has clearer images because of high contrast levels. You can also turn on the auto-HDR mode on both the devices.

Furthermore, if we analyze the front-cameras, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is in clear advantage because of its 5MP camera compared to the 1.2MP camera of the iPad 10.2. However, it is to be noted that you get HDR mode and face detection on the iPad, which is lacking in Samsung’s mid-ranged contender.

You get dual-speakers on both the tablets; however, in the iPad 10.2, both the speakers are placed at the bottom of the device. While in Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, one is sitting at the bottom and the other on the top. Although flagship tablets come equipped with four speakers but having two doesn’t disappoint as well.

HARDWARE & PERFORMANCE

Galaxy Tab S6 LiteiPad 10.2
System chipSamsung Exynos 9610Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24
ProcessorOcta-core, 2300 MHz, Arm Cortex-A73 and Arm Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 10 nmQuad-core, 2340 MHz, Hurricane and Zephyr, 64-bit, 16 nm
GPUMali-G72 MP3PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus
RAM4GB3GB
Internal storage64GB128GB
Storage expansionmicroSDXC up to 1000 GB

Here’s where it gets interesting; the hardware on both the tablets seems to be similar; however, there’s a drastic difference in performance. The Apple iPad 10.2 comes equipped with the Apple A10 Fusion chip, which is a quad-core processor; however, it still manages to score more than the Exynos 9611 processor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

The iPad 10.2 (7th Gen) absolutely butchers the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in GPU performance, and the benchmark scores of both the devices are miles apart. The iPad is an ideal choice for gaming lovers, and you will witness no lag or drop in frame rate whatsoever.

The Tab S6 Lite comes equipped with 4GB Ram and 64GB of storage in the base model, however, you can opt to have 128GB version as well. Similarly, the iPad 10.2 comes with a standard 3GB Ram, but you can opt to have the 32GB model or the 128GB one.

SOFTWARE & BATTERY LIFE

Galaxy Tab S6 LiteiPad 10.2
OSAndroid (10), Samsung One UIiPadOS (13.x)
Battery Capacity7040 mAh8827 mAh
Battery TypeNot user replaceableLi – Ion, Not user replaceable

It’s a well-known fact that Apple has dominated as far as software is concerned. Despite having 3GB Ram, iPad 10.2 outperforms the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in running apps or switching between them. The S6 Lite comes with the Android 10 out of the box, while the iPad is loaded with iPad OS 13.1. If you compare the app compatibility of both the devices, the iPad will once again manage to keep itself in the good books. The S6 Lite struggles to run heavy apps like Photoshop and modern games that require both software optimization and good hardware to run.

Traditionally, Samsung devices have better battery life as compared to Apple; however, in this case, the scenario is the opposite. The iPad 10.2 comes with a bigger 8827mAh battery that gives a solid 14 hours of Talk time. While Galaxy Tab S6 Lite only comes with a 7040mAh battery that will last around 11 hours. There’s no fast charging available on the iPad, and it lacks the new Type-C connector as well, which is supported by the Tab S6 Lite.

VERDICT

Traditionally, Samsung devices have better battery life as compared to Apple; however, in this case, the scenario is the opposite. The iPad 10.2 comes with a bigger 8827mAh battery that gives a solid 14 hours of Talk time. While Galaxy Tab S6 Lite only comes with a 7040mAh battery that will last around 11 hours. There’s no fast charging available on the iPad, and it lacks the new Type-C connector as well, which is supported by the Tab S6 Lite.