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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 against Huawei Mediapad Lite M3

They are two of the best tablets on the market, yet they could not be more dissimilar. Here's what separates them and which to choose

There are certainly some of the most talked-about tablets of this year the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and Huawei's Mediapad M3 Lite in their 9.7 and 10.1 inch versions. Both are still considered among the best tablets on the market today, but the first is a high-end product designed to work and create content, sold with a nib included in the price, and among the optional accessories it has a cover with a keyboard dedicated to productivity; the second one is more affordable and reserved for entertainment, watching movies and TV series and web browsing. The difference between their prices makes us imagine differences of a certain level, which in daily use for may not be so profound.

That the tablets are different is already clear from the fact that Galaxy Tab S3 has a 4: 3 display, while the tablet of Huawei has a 16: 9 screen designed for multimedia content. Not only in the form that the two tablets differ: the Korean one based on a bold and captivating design: on its metal frame two glass plates are inserted which make the gadget beautiful to see even when switched off. The Chinese alternative focuses on a more sober and classic solution in metal and plastic, perhaps less striking but more practical. Mediapad, in fact, is used more quietly than the opponent, giving the feeling of being more resistant and certainly less slippery; its side frame then allows the thumb to contribute to the grip without accidentally ending up on the touch screen. Tab S3 of the opposite shows more elegant: thin like none and, on the handling side, it lends itself to vertical use than on the uncomfortable Huawei alternative.

Where Tab S3 clearly detaches Mediapad M3 Lite for in display quality, that in the case of the Korean group a panel of 1536 x 2048 pixels realized with AMOLED technology. The screen supports the HDR standard and shows saturated colors, impenetrable blacks, intense contrasts and definition with few rivals in the tablet environment: perfect for displaying content rich in text and vector graphics, it clashes with the limitation of the 4: 3 format, which makes not really ideal for watching movies, TV series and in general any video. The screen chosen by Huawei, however, defends itself well: with its resolution Full HD more than enough to anyone who does not expect extreme definitions from games and videos, while the values ??of brightness, contrasts, definition and saturation, while not reaching the levels recorded by Tab S3, allow you to enjoy all the multimedia contents with the necessary involvement.

A Mediapad also comes in handy an excellent quality sound system, slightly higher in terms of richness and volume of sound than that used on Tab S3. Here the approach chosen by Samsung and Huawei four similar stereo speakers signed AKG and Harman Kardon respectively, and both houses do a great job in making more than dignified sounding objects not really designed to offer a high-level acoustic experience; the Chinese house brings home a slightly better result and places its loudspeakers on the longest edges of the body, so that they remain uncovered even when the tablet is held up with the hands.

With the two tablets you can't do exactly the same things. Tab S3 is equipped with a more powerful processor (the Snapdragon 820 against the Mediapad 435) which makes it able to open apps faster and juggle them better when switching between them; multitasking is not a problem even when the windows are side by side and the running apps are tough. The Huawei tablet on the other hand, however, proves to be able to move most of the most commonly used software with fluidity, even if on the most content-rich websites and within the apps that require more resources, it gives way to Korean opponents, showing occasional slowdowns and losing a few frames here and there.

Extra side, the obvious weapon in more than Samsung remains the S-Pen included in the package. The digital stylus recognizes 4096 levels of pressure, precise and can be used with pleasure even just to navigate between one app and another, holding the very light tablet with one hand. It remains difficult to consider the accessory as a sufficient reason to choose the tablet without being creative or avid stenographers: handwriting recognition works well and in general the app for managing handwritten notes proves useful and well done, but interacting in this way with the tablet still requires an effort by enthusiasts or professionals.

Finally, the secondary characteristics of the two tablets are more or less equivalent; only Bluetooth module and cameras are significantly more evolved in Tab S3, while the amount of identical expandable memory (32 GB), the cellular connectivity present on both models and the operating system always Android 7.0. For the latter, Samsung has chosen a smaller degree of customization and has provided the operating system of a series of apps to take advantage of the included pen, while the interface chosen by Huawei differs more from the way of understanding icons and menus adopted by Google.

In everyday non-automatic use, ending up on Galaxy Tab S3 to create content n privilege Mediapad to use it: it is about two different experiences. Mediapad offers the most relaxed: leaving it around creates less heartache than the adversary and an ideal product for enjoying all kinds of entertainment, for browsing, emails and social networks. Its technical limitations are overcome in a leap from Tab S3, a phenomenal tablet from several points of view (display and performance on all), which makes you want to use it even without having anything really useful to do but also for a product more delicate; if to this we add that the nib does not have a reserved housing and that to turn the tablet into a real productivity machine, it is necessary to buy the cover with keyboard sold separately, that's the best Android tablet in circulation not necessarily the most practical.

On a possible preference then it can only influence the price of the two contraptions, which cost 369 and 799 euros. With these conditions Tab S3 remains a product to be recommended exclusively to those with specific needs or those who want the best of the best at hand in a lightweight product and can hold in their bag without even feeling the weight, while others can easily save a few hundred euros and jump on Mediapad, knowing that when writing short documents, however, in the management of e-mails and others of small productivity, there are no problems. Fortunately, the latest offers online make the Korean tablet more affordable than it was at launch and the competition with the Chinese opponent much more interesting.


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