Galaxy Note 2 vs iPad Mini: Note For The Win

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We’ve got two new products released this week that may be on the shopping list of many gadget freaks – the iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. So how do they stand up against each other?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPad Mini

Apple have gone ahead and revealed the iPad Mini with the A5 processor, not the latest processor but still fast, and it comes with great gaming performance courtesy of PowerVR GPU, which also keeps temperatures reasonable. You can get the smaller iPad in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB versions and in white or black.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with the quad core Exynos processor which has been clocked at 1.6GHz and it too has a GPU which is powerful and provides gaming that is unmatched. It comes with 2GB of RAM and is available in 16GB or 32GB, with support for SD card up to 64GB. So the Note 2 is in front of the iPad Mini in regards to performance and storage. That’s 2 points for the Galaxy Note 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features a display that is 306ppi and 5.5 inches and this gives you more pixels per inch than the iPad Mini display, which is the same as the iPad 2.

The iPad Mini lacks the Retina display that Apple is famous for. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on the other hand provides higher, ppi, colour vibrancy and blacks that are deeper thanks to its AMOLED technology. But given that the iPad Mini has a size advantage and many users find colors on AMOLED displays to look hyper-real, we’re going to call this a draw.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with Jelly Bean, which is the latest Android OS and the best one to date. The iPad Mini has iOS 6 and this is easy to use and comes with numerous features. Apple has said that it has 200 new features in total.  The App Store is better than Google Play when it comes to big screen devices as there is a big selection of tablet-optimized apps. Furthermore despite the larger display, the Note 2 doesn’t rely on tablet optimized apps as it is technically still a phone. So in this category the iPad Mini is the winner. 1 point for the iPad Mini here.

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 8 megapixels and the device also has a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front. The iPad Mini has a 5 megapixel iSight camera, along with a camera of 2 megapixels on the front and which is capable of taking video at 720p. It features a camera with five elements and these ensure that the images are good quality and photos are clear in low light. The winner here thanks to the faster camera that provides better images, as well as the smaller dimensions which makes it easier to position when taking a picture is the Note 2. So another point for the phablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the winner walking away with 3 points versus 1 point for the iPad Mini in this particular comparison; however when it comes down to it, both of the devices are matched fairly evenly. The iPad Mini does have the advantages in regards to the offer more apps for the big screen than the Note 2. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 compensates for this with extra features given that is a smartphone after all (calling capabilities, NFC, GPS, etc).

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.