Is the New Samsung Galaxy S an iPad Killer?

Samsung is directly targeting the iPad Air with its latest premium tablet versions. The company just launched the Galaxy Tab S with a WQXGA Super AMOLED screen that delivers the most vibrant tablet display on the market.

The Galaxy Tab S offers Samsung screen technologies like Adaptive Display, which adjusts the gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on what you are viewing, the temperature of the viewing environment and ambient lighting. And advanced outdoor visibility technology means users can see their content even in bright sunlight.

Samsung also promises energy savings with its new Galaxy Tab S by using the Super AMOLED technology instead of power-consuming LCD displays. Both of the Tab S models are just 0.26 inches thick. The 10.5-inch screen device weighs in at 1 pound, while the 8.4-inch model weighs 10 ounces.

Samsung's Achilles Heel

We caught up with Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis, to get his take on the new tablet, which some are calling an iPad killer. He told us the Samsung Tab S can compete on specs with anyone, including Apple.

"It has a spectacular display. It is thinner and slightly lighter than the equivalent iPad Air and iPad mini Retina," he said. "So if you are looking for a premium tablet and you are basing your purchasing decision on specs alone, you will be buying a Samsung Galaxy S every time."

The problem for Samsung is that tablet consumers do not buy solely on specs. Rather, they also take into consideration build quality. As Greengart sees it, Apple's aluminum designs are significantly more premium than the plastic found on the Galaxy Tab S casing. But the biggest decision factor is the app ecosystem.

"Apple's iOS has a commanding lead in that respect. That's not to take anything away from Samsung. There isn't much Samsung can...

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