Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-3-7-0Now that the capabilities of mobile technology have reached extraordinary levels, there has never been a better time to purchase a smartphone or tablet. With smartphones cementing their place as the mobile handset of choice among consumers, tablets are quickly becoming a genuine alternative to other forms of technology, such as traditional PCs and laptops.

Although this revolution was kick-started by the infamous iPad, several other devices have now entered the consumer space. Apple’s superior market share is now under threat by companies like Samsung.

So how does the Samsung tablet range stand up against the IPad, when you compare features and operating systems? Let’s take a look at which mobile device you should opt for this year:

Great selection of devices

From entry-level tablets to top-of-the-range models and even devices for kids, there is a great selection of products on offer from Samsung to suit every type of consumer.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is an affordable yet impressive tablet running 4.1.2 Android Jelly Bean. Featuring a 1.2GHz processor, 1024 x 600 pixel screen and weighing just 10.7 ounces, this budget device delivers everything you could want from a basic tablet.

At the other end of the scale is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which offers phenomenal performance thanks to a 1.9-GHz Exynos CPU, 3GB of RAM and the innovative S Pen stylus. Perfect for both productivity and entertainment, the 2560 x 1600 pixel screen is far better than the iPad Air, so interacting with the device is an absolute joy.

As for the kids, the colourful Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids comes with an abundance of preloaded educational games and ebook apps. Parental controls including the Time Management feature, which means you don’t have to worry about children using the device too much.

Android OS

There is no doubting that the latest version of Apple’s iOS 7 is well-designed and easy to interact with, but Android gives you a lot more freedom and flexibility when it comes to customisation and purchasing apps.

Samsung tablets that feature Android encourage users to customise their device for the most personal and individual experience possible. You’ll also find that there is freedom of where to buy apps and media from, as opposed to Apple’s single marketplace.

Connectivity and peripheral options

Unlike Apple’s portable devices, Samsung tablets have a variety of expansion and connectivity options. In addition to the flexibility of Android, this means Samsung tablets can handle a plethora of tasks and exercises.

With the help of an SD card, internal storage can be increased by up to 64GB. The latest Samsung tablets also come equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 for pairing with other devices, wireless-N for ultra-quick Wi-Fi speeds and 4G LTE for reliable internet connectivity on the go.

So when it comes to power and performance, companies like Samsung are certainly presenting a worthy rival to Apple’s apparent monopoly of the tablet market.