iPad Mini vs Galaxy Note 2: Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

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Apple unveiled the iPad Mini last month, and people are already wondering how it’ll stack up against smaller tablets already available. Loads think it’ll beat them even though it’s pricier. The iPad Mini will probably be compared most to the 7” tablets, but how does it fare against the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – another device with great specs and a big price tag?

iPad Mini vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The iPad Mini has the A5 chip, which isn’t the latest, but isn’t the slowest, either. The device also has a PowerVR GPU, which makes for solid gaming with decent temperature control. The iPad Mini also has 1GB of RAM, and comes in black or white options. You can also choose from 16GB, 32GB or 64GB versions.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip, 2GB of RAM and a powerful GPU for superb gaming. The Note 2 has 16GB and 32GB versions, with add-on SD support for up to 64GB. The Note 2 beats the iPad Mini on storage, RAM and processor.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5”, 306ppi screen, better than the iPad Mini. The Mini doesn’t have a Retina screen – but it looks great because of its size. In fact the the two main criticisms of the iPad Mini is the non-Retina display and not-so-poor price tag.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has Android Jelly Bean and the iPad Mini has iOS 6, which has brought with it 200 eagerly awaited features. If you’re looking for tablet apps, then Apple’s App Store has a bigger selection than Google Play. The Note 2 also doesn’t use tablet apps at all, in fact. Instead it uses the 600,000+ Android phone apps. The iPad Mini wins out here as it is a tablet comparison after all and the Note 2 doesn’t have any tablet apps per-se to run.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front snapper. The iPad Mini seems to have gone a bit retro with a 5MP offering – although it Is iSight. The front camera on the iPad Mini is 2MP, and it can take 720p videos. The camera lens has five elements, which gives good image quality, even in dim light. The Note 2 however wins because its camera is faster and has better image reproduction. It’s also easier to take photos with the Note 2 because it’s more comfortable to hold.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins overall as it comes ahead in more categories than the iPad Mini. However there are still some trade-offs that may tilt the scale in Apple’s favor – mainly that the iPad has access to tablet apps and a smaller price tag (the Note 2 costs at least $500 off-contract while the iPad Mini comes in at $329). At the same time one can argue that the Note 2 has “extras” like GPS and calling capabilities too, but that wouldn’t make this comparison fair now would it.

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