Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad Mini: Review and price comparison

March 8, 2013, By Sanjeev

The battle of the giants is never over, especially when each one tries to outwit the other with their latest offerings. Of course, we are talking about Samsung and Apple- two of the biggest giants in the tech world. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 made news last month, and as it prepares to enter the market, it is obvious who the rival would be- Apple’s iPad Mini. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be making stores in the second quarter of 2012, and the device is a smaller version of the Galaxy Note 10.0.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad Mini: Review and price comparison

According a to a comparison that was done by Laptop Mag on March 6, it will carry with it the S-Pen interface, which Samsung first introduced with their Samsung Galaxy Note. The iPad Mini has been here for sometime now, and some of you would be wondering how the two devices would lock horns.

Well, we will tell you some of the features between the two boys. You can judge for yourself as to who is the better one.

The first question that arises is of the display quality and who has the best display. The iPad Mini’s 7.9 inch touch-screen has a resolution of 1024*600 pixels, which gives it a PPI of 163.

Apple was heavily criticised for not giving the Mini with a Retina Display. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, on the other hand, harbors an 8-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1280*800 pixels that gives it a PPI of 189.

Now the numbers should speak for themselves. While the Galaxy Note 8.0’s display is nothing to boast about, it clearly outwits the Mini’s.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad Mini: Review and price comparison

Getting down to the innards, the Samsung gadget sports a quad-core 1.6 Ghz processor, while the iPad Mini runs on a dual-core A5 processor. Even though Apple’s processors chug along nicely, it’s Samsung’s that would be a bit more hardy.

Moreover, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has 2GB of RAM, which is pretty high considering the Mini’s measly 512MB. But then, the iPad Mini would be having a better battery life and would function very well for general browsing and applications.

Samsung will be releasing their new device in either 16 or 32GB of on-board memory. Apple’s iPad Mini comes under 16/32 or 64GB models.

Moreover, Samsung has incorporated the use of microSD cards that can expand the memory, which the iPad Mini lacks. So on the storage front, the Galaxy Note 8.0 wins the race.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad Mini: Review and price comparison

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 is a little wider and longer and thicker (210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95mm) than the Apple iPad Mini (200 x 134 x 7.2mm), but then the former has a bigger screen. Also, the iPad Mini weighs less than the Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung’s slate has support for both WiFi and 3G, while Apple’s tablet includes 4G LTE along with WiFi and 3G. The presence of 4G LTE makes the Mini the faster device in browsing.

An important factor of today’s smartphones and tablets are cameras and both the companies have ensured they provided good shooters to appease their customers. Both the tablets have rear and front-facing cameras.

Both of these devices sport a 5-megapixel rear facing camera. But Samsung has placed a slightly higher mega-pixel for its front facing shooter; the Galaxy Note 8 has a 1.3-megapixel while the iPad Mini has a 1.2-megapixel front camera).

The Apple iPad Mini is available for a starting price of £269 for the 16GB WiFi only model, while the 3G version starts at £369. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is yet to march into markets, and we have no information on the price.

But it’s safe to assume that the tablet would have a similar price to the iPad Mini’s 3G version. Overall, when the specifications are taken into consideration, Samsung’s slate seems to be better than the Apple product, as it has a better display, more powerful processor and a higher overall storage capacity.

But the iPad Mini has 4G LTE and it’s already in the market. And Apple fans would most likely prefer to go with the Mini rather than wait for the Samsung slate to appear.

What would you like? Do you have the iPad Mini or are you waiting for the Galaxy Note 8.0 to come out?


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  • regorr99

    You forgot to add that the European version allows voice calls on 3G. Big plus!

  • Victor

    Great comparison! Thanks! Tablet and mobile is really huge now! I was going to start developing apps for tablet and pick up some coding, but there are bunch of online tools (ibuildapp for example) which helped me publish tablet app quickly without coding.

  • ahmadzai

    did galaxy mini came to the market and what is the latest version and type finally I want to know the price of I.

    thanks
    waiting for the swift reply

    BR
    Ahmadzai Shareefi

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