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Galaxy Note 2 vs iPad Mini (Spoiler: Gangnam Style For Win!)

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Apple has revealed the iPad Mini and so many are wondering how it’ll compare to the smaller tablets out currently – some reckon it’ll trounce them. The iPad Mini will be compared to the ones in the 7” tablet category, but how does it stand up to the phablet-meister, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPad Mini

The iPad Mini has the A5 chip – not the latest, but not the slowest, either. The iPad Mini also uses the PowerVR GPU, which gives decent gaming while keeping the device cool. It has 1GB of RAM and black or white colour options. The storage options are the usual 16, 32 or 64GB.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip and an amazing GPU that can’t be beaten in gaming performance. It also has 2GB of RAM to help out. The Note 2 has 16GB and 32GB options, with SD support for another 64GB, so it beats the iPad Mini on processor, RAM and storage.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5”, 306ppi screen, which is a higher ppi than the Mini. The iPad Mini doesn’t have a Retina display unfortunately. The Note 2 also has better viewing angles than the iPad Mini as our tests showed, and while the Mini’s screen looks great due to its size, it lags behind the Note 2 in color vibrancy, black reproduction and ppi.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has Jelly Bean and the iPad Mini has iOS 6 which is a breeze to use and has more than 200 new features. The Apple App Store has loads of apps for larger screens – more than the Google Play store. The Note 2 doesn’t use tablet apps, actually, but it can use the 600,000+ Android phone apps. So, the iPad Mini carries it away here since you can’t find a better store for tablet-optimized apps than Apple’s.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front. The iPad Mini has a 5MP iSight rear camera and a 2MP front camera that’s capable of 720p video. The Mini’s camera has five elements, which means good image quality in even low light. The Note 2 wins, though, as its camera is faster and has better image reproduction. It’s also easier to take pictures with it given that is is easier to hold.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins in more categories than the iPad Mini, but the devices are well-matched. In the end it may come down to just a couple of things. Go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 if you want better hardware, camera and portability. Pick the iPad Mini if you want a larger screen and tablet-optimized apps access.

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