Galaxy Note 2 vs iPad Mini: Rise Above The Size

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The iPad Mini came out recently, and everyone’s wondering how it’ll stack up against other tablets. Apple’s tablet record is good, but it has to contend with the mighty Samsung Galaxy Note 2 here as this is classified as both a tablet and a smartphone. So where does the tablet stand against the phablet?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPad Mini

The iPad Mini has an A5 chip, which is a fair-to-middling sort of mover. It’s good for gaming because of its PowerVR GPU, and it comes with 1GB of RAM. It comes in black or white, and has 16, 32 or 64GB of memory.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a great GPU. It has 16GB and 32GB versions, with SD add-on up to 64GB. So it’s got a faster chip, more RAM and more max storage space than the iPad Mini.

The iPad Mini is on iOS 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Mini has the App Store and loads of tablet optimized apps, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 doesn’t get this from the Google Play Store. The Note 2 in fact doesn’t even use tablet apps, so the Mini wins it here since we are looking at it from a tablet standpoint.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5” screen with a 306ppi, which is a higher ppi than the iPad Mini. The Mini makes up for this with a bigger and better-looking screen thanks to better visibility under direct sunlight and more realistic colors. So size does matter, but we can’t do anything but declare a draw here, as both screens have their pros and cons. Many will love the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for its deeper blacks and higher color vibrancy.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front camera. The iPad Mini has a 5MP rear iSight camera and a 2MP front one. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins, though, because it takes better photos and is easier to handle when trying to get that perfect shot.

Price wise the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will cost you upwards of $600 without a contract. The iPad Mini starts at only $329.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins for its hardware, camera and storage space. The iPad Mini comes in front for its its price and apps selection. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does have other “added” advantages of being able to make calls, NFC and GPS as well. So if you can afford the higher price tag, it does seem to have more to offer.

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