If you’re considering a budget tablet either for yourself or as a gift and you were looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 or the iPad 10.2 7th Gen. We’re gonna see how these budget devices stack up against each other and find out which is right for you let’s get started. Let’s start off with the price The 2019 Tab A is currently $230 on Amazon but sales can drop it as low as $180 and the iPad is currently $300 on Amazon but again you will find this tablet on sale a lot at a price point of $250.

When looking at the tablets themselves you’ll find two very similar looking devices with volume controls, power button, headphone jack, charging port, and dual speaker setup on the bottom.

Galaxy Tab A 10.1Apple iPad 10.2
Looks and feels a lot like a more expensive tabletMost affordable Apple device
Excellent battery lifeLarger display for easier multitasking
Runs Android PieSmart connector
Limited graphics power not for gamingLacks FaceID
The camera lacks flashThe screen looks cheaper than iPad Air

Key Specification

Galaxy Tab A 10.1Apple iPad 10.2
Released2019, February 152019, March 18
ChipsetSamsung Exynos 7904Apple Fusion A10
Display10.1 inches10.2 inches
Memory32GB 32GB 
Camera8 MP8 MP
Fingerprint Sensor PositionTouch ID


Galaxy Tab A 10.1Apple iPad 10.2
Dimensions245.2 x 149.4 x 7.5 mm203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm
Weight469 g300.5 g
Screen Size10.1 inch10.2 inch
ColorBlack, Gold, SilverSpace Gray, Silver, Gold
Build MaterialAluminum FrameAluminum Frame

Galaxy Tab A 10.1

When it comes to design these two devices are different from each other but they share lots of similarities for example each tablet still has an audio jack and they both have pretty good rear and front-facing cameras along with some buttons located on the side of the tablets. The Galaxy Tab A has a beautiful 10.1 inch IPS display with 1920 by 1200 pixel resolution with thin bezels.

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Apple iPad 10.2

iPad does also have a beautiful screen but this time we have a 10.2 Retina display the resolution here is 2160 by 1620 pixels so slightly higher than the Tab A 10.1. The bezels are thicker than the ones found on the Galaxy Tab A, overall you do get a wider display.


Galaxy Tab A 10.1Apple iPad 10.2
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 7904Apple Fusion A10
GPUMali-G71 MP2PowerVR Series7XT Plus
Internal storage32GB 32GB 
Storage expansionUp To 512 GB
OSAndroid v9.0 (Pie)iOS v13.1, upgradable to v13.1.2


Galaxy Tab A 10.1Apple iPad 10.2
Rear8 MP8 MP
Front5 MP1.2 MP f/2.2 (Standard)
Video recording1080p@30fps720p @ 30fps HD


Galaxy Tab A 10.1Apple iPad 10.2
Headphone jackYesYes
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakersYes, with stereo speakers
Audio Features

Speakers are louder on the Tab A over the iPad but the iPad has a bit better overall sound quality and even though these may mostly be used for media consumption, web browsing.

Battery Life

Galaxy Tab A 10.1Apple iPad 10.2
Capacity6150 mAh8827 mAh
TypeNon-removable Li-PoNon-removable Li-Ion
Quick Charging
User ReplaceableNoNo


Galaxy Tab A 10.1Apple iPad 10.2
SIMSingle Sim, GSMSingle Sim, GSM
Bluetoothv5.0v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
WifiYes, with wifi-hotspotYes, with wifi-hotspot
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, CompassTouch ID, Three‐axis, Gyro, Accelerometer, Barometer, Ambient light sensor

Which is better!

Galaxy Tab A 10.1

  1. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is an affordable entry-level tablet that can already be found for less than $223.
  2. There isn’t an S Pen or any other official pen support on Tab A.
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Apple iPad 10.2

  1. You will get a touch ID at the bottom compared to Tab A which has no buttons in front.
  2. Apple pencil is a must if you’re planning to do a lot of writing and especially draw your sketching as the overall experience.