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Tablet Showdown: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Versus iPad Mini

November 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Despite what the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said about smaller tablet computers, Apple still produced their very own 7-inch tablet computer, entering the arena for smaller tablets. This smaller version of the iPad is called “the iPad Mini.” When it was released, a lot of people began comparing it to other tablets in the market, saying that the iPad Mini will thrash them all. Will it be good enough to attract customers to sell their iPad and buy it? How about if we compare it to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2?

Processor, RAM and Storage

The smaller iPad has the A5 chip processor, which is in the iPad 2. Although it is not the latest, it is not slow. The iPad Mini also has the PowerVR GPU, which delivers great gaming experience while it keeps the tablet cool. It also has 1 GB of RAM. You can also choose between black or white. As usual, you can choose your storage options from 14, 32 or 64 GB.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 2 from Samsung runs on a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos chip processor. It also has an amazing GPU that delivers outstanding gaming performance. It has 2 GB of RAM. Compared to the smaller iPad, it only has two options for storage: 16 GB or 32 GB, but with an SD support for 64 GB. So when it comes to processor, storage and RAM, the Samsung tablet computer is the winner.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note has a 5.5 inch screen with 306 pixels per inch, giving it a higher pixel density than the Apple iPad Mini. Moreover, the iPad Mini does not have the Retina Display. Another advantage of the Galaxy Note 2 is that it has better viewing angles than the iPad Mini. Although the Apple tablet’s screen looks great because of its size, the Galaxy Note 2 is still better when it comes to color vibrancy, pixel density and black reproduction.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 runs on the latest operating system of Android, which is Jelly Bean. The iPad Mini also runs on the latest operating system of Apple, the iOS 6, which is very easy to use and has about 200 new features. Moreover, the App Store of Apple has more apps than the Google Play Store. To note, the Galaxy Note 2 does not use tablet apps, but rather the Android phone apps, of which you can choose from about 600,000. Since the App Store of Apple offers more, the iPad Mini wins here.

Camera

The Samsung tablet computer has rear and front cameras. The rear camera has eight megapixels while the front has 1.9 megapixels. On the other hand, the iPad Mini has a five-megapixel iSight back camera and a two-megapixel front camera that can record 720p video. It has five elements, which can give you great image quality even in low light. But still, the Galaxy Note 2 wins here since its camera is faster and offers better image reproduction. It is easier to take photos with it, as well since it is easier to hold.

Who Wins?

Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins in two categories, the two gadgets are still well-matched. However, which one is good enough to sell an old or broken iPad for? If you want better hardware, portability and camera, go for the Galaxy Note 2. If you want a larger screen and more apps, then go for the iPad Mini.