Comparison - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad Mini

January 30, 2013
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus


Samsung’s Note line-up was always about raising eyebrows, beginning with the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note then followed by its 10-inch tablet and finally its 5.5-inch follow up to the original phablet. Then over the past week, a Samsung executive confirmed the existence of the 8-inch tablet slated to be called the Galaxy Note 8.0, suffice to say it rose a few eyebrows. We’ll be lining it up against another device that raised its fair share of eyebrow, Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad Mini.

 


Usability


Like the other Notes in the family, the 8.0 is seen with an S-Pen stylus. However, the tablets don’t differ too much from each other, and are both styled like elongated novels. The Note 8.0’s display is pegged at 1280 x 800 pixels which is a tad higher that the 1024 x 768 display on the iPad Mini.


On the performance front, the Mini has a 1GHz dual-core and 512MB RAM, while the Note 8.0 has a quad-core 1.6GHz processor along with 2GB RAM. Samsung appears to be one-upping every feature the mini throws at it.


Apple is offering three variants of the iPad mini – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, whilst the Note comes with a 32GB internal storage along with microSD slot for memory expansion.


Software


The tablets are powered by very different – the iPad Mini is powered by iOS 6.1, and the Note 8.0 is slated to come with Android 4.2 (Jellybean). With Samsung’s customised UI, expect to use Multi-Windows with much more flexibility, especially with the extra screen real estate. The pop-up window feature is likely to show up too, it allows you to have a resizable, movable movie player along with whatever else you are doing in the background.


Connectivity


On the connectivity, the Note 8.0 comes with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 2.0. As for iPad mini, there are two variants – one a WiFi only version, one has WiFi + LTE.


Camera


Tablets on cameras are commonplace now, both devices come with front and rear facing imagers. The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a 5-megapixel rear camera, along with a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. The iPad Mini on the other hand comes equipped with a 5-megapixel rear shooter and 1.2-megapixel front camera.


Verdict


The iPad Mini was recently released to positive reviews, where the device’s size, and design was lauded. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 10.1 was released to mixed reviews. Perhaps we can look forward to an improved experience with the 8-inch model. As for which one will we choose? It all depends on which operating system you prefer, as we doubt the design and build quality will surprise us too much. 



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