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iPad Mini vs Galaxy Note 2 (Spoiler: Korean Takes Gold)

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Apple revealed the iPad Mini last night and many people are now wondering how it will compare to some of the smaller tablets that are already on the market, with some saying that it will blow them away. Of course the iPad Mini will be compared to the smaller tablet in the 7 inch category, but what about comparing it to one of the best phablets right now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Which of these two comes out on top?

iPad Mini vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The iPad Mini comes with the A5 processor, which of course is not the latest chip from Apple, but this doesn’t mean that it is slow. The mini version of the iPad also uses the PowerVR GPU and this does provide gaming performance that is solid while keeping temperatures reasonable. The iPad Mini also comes with 1GB of RAM and is offered in black and white versions. Storage is the usual in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has the Exynos quad core processor which was clocked at 1.6GHz and has a powerful GPU which provides users with unmatched gaming performance, and packs a solid 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes in 16GB and 32GB and has support for SD card storage up to another 64GB. So the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 beats the iPad Mini when it comes to its processor, RAM and storage.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a 5.5 inch display and has ppi of 306. This is more than the ppi on the iPad Mini display, which is the same as the display on the iPad 2. That’s right, the iPad Mini does not have a Retina Display. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is also better when it comes to the viewing angles on the screen than those of the iPad Mini. While the display of the iPad Mini looks superb based on its sheer size, it falls behind the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in display technology as it cannot match the brightness levels, ppi, color vibrancy and deep blacks.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and this happens to be the most polished Android update yet. The iPad Mini comes with iOS 6, which is very easy to use and it has many long awaited features (2oo new features to be exact). When it comes to apps for large displays, the Apple App Store beats the Google Play as it has a broader selection. Coincidentally the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does not use tablet apps, however it can access the 600,000 Android apps made for phones. In respects to tablets/phablets, the iPad mini wins this category.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with an 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP up front. The iPad Mini comes with a 5MP iSight camera and there is a second 2 megapixel camera on the front, which takes video at 720p. The camera has a lens with five elements and this ensures good image quality, especially in low light conditions. The winner is the Note 2 however as it has a faster camera with better image reproduction. Then there is also the fact that it is easier to take picture with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 than the iPad Mini.

This means that overall the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has won way more categories than the iPad Mini. However both of the devices are pretty well matched and the iPad Mini does seem to be more polished alongside access to more apps.

Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, PC, iPhone and Android games keep Berke busy at work all day. Honestly though we’re not sure why we’re paying him as it should be the other way around.