Thursday, June 27, 2013

Head-To-Head: Samsung vs. Apple


Samsung ATIV Book 9 vs. Apple MacBook Air

The newly announced slim Samsung ATIV Book 9  runs Windows 8 comes with an industry-leading 3200 x 1800 display , but can it hold a candle to Apple’s newest Retina Display MacBook Air?  The two competing flagships seem evenly matched for the most part.

Samsung has tinkered with the 9's hinge to make it lock in place when open, for more stability.  If you want more leverage, you can disable the screen lock and push it back so it lies flat onto your surface area. With the battery pack withstanding 9 hours of life, this puts it in the same ballpark of the MacBook Air.  In comparison to Samsung's new line with Apple's latest MacBook Air series, which launched June 10.  There is mention that Apple, always on the cutting edge, built its new line using a chip that was unveiled only a week earlier--Intel's 4th generation Haswell chip, its most advanced and power-efficient processor to date.
New Specs

In performance, Apple’s 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro comes equipped with a 2.5-GHz dual-core Intel third generation Core i5 chip with 8GB of RAM configurable to Core i7.  If you opt for the $1,699 version instead of the $1,499 edition, you’ll get a slightly faster 2.6-GHz CPU instead.  Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 Plus comes with Intel’s new fourth generation Core i5 CPU and is configurable up to Core i7 with 8GB of RAM.

The Run Down

Currently, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 has better specs in every category with a newer processor, sharper screen, lighter chassis and higher-resolution screen.  With that said, the MacBook Air has Retina Display with a bigger battery life of Lithium polymer and 10 hours of movie playback or 12 hours of wireless web. As well as the Intel HD Graphics 5000 processor, and supports multi digital output ports with optional adapters. The ATIV Book 9 comes with a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 2537M CPU with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and 1600x900 maximum resolution. Adding more pixels is great, but color quality is equally important, particularly when both displays are sharper than many human eyes can see.

Samsung offers seven different models while Apple is a bit simpler. Samsung's product is compelling compared to the MacBook Air, it stands up in nearly every aspect. With the MacBook Air, for about $100 more you get the same specs with a slightly lower resolution and slower dual-core but with more HD capabilities. So you choose...

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Published by Edward J. Correia June 20, 2013

Published on June 20, 2013

Published by Lisa Eadicicco June 20, 2013

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