Sunday, 24 February 2013

Galaxy Note 8.0 vs. iPad mini

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We compare the specs - and other features - of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Apple iPad ...                  Let me compare Galaxy Note 8.0 with iPad mini
If Samsung wants to convince the world that it isn't an Apple copycat, the Galaxy Note 8.0 isn’t its best argument. Less than four months after the launch of Apple’s (almost) 8-inch tablet comes a new 8-inch tablet from Samsung. But, despite the obvious parallels, these are two distinct slates – outside and inside. Read on, as we compare the specs (and other features) of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Apple iPad mini.





The Note 8 is a bit taller and a smidge wider and thicker, but not by much
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a bit larger in every dimension, with the biggest difference being an extra 11 mm (0.93”) in height.


The Note 8 is 30 g heavier than the mini
Both devices are relatively light, but the Note 8.0 is 30 g (1.06 oz.) heavier than the iPad mini.


Displays are close in size, and neither boasts of cutting-edge resolution
Screens are almost the same size, and neither offers mind-blowing resolution. The Note 8.0’s display is a bit sharper, at 189 pixels per inch (PPI).
Samsung hasn’t announced pricing yet for the Galaxy Note 8.0, but its less-than-stellar display could be a clue that it’s planning on staying in the same range as Apple’s US$330 tablet.


Samsung's tablet has the more powerful processor
The Note 8.0 has the more powerful processor, with its Exynos 4 Quad chip, the same one found in Samsung’s phablet, the Galaxy Note II.
Apple gave the iPad mini a last-generation A5 chip, first introduced in 2011's iPad 2. Apart from its superior cameras, the iPad mini is essentially a scrunched-down iPad 2.


The Note 8.0 quadruples the mini's 512 MB of RAM
The Note 8.0 quadruples the iPad mini’s mere 512 MB of RAM.
Few tasks in iOS require massive amounts of RAM, but you may find that recent (backgrounded) apps close quicker on the iPad mini than on, say, the 4th-generation iPad.


No 16 GB model for the Note, no SD card for the iPad
Samsung skipped a 16 GB model for the Note 8.0, but otherwise flash memory numbers are the same. The Note also has a microSD card slot, unlike Apple’s mini-tablet.


Both tablets sell in LTE models
Both tablets ship in both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + mobile data models. At least in some regions, Samsung's will be LTE-capable. Apple also offers a (pricier) LTE iPad mini.


The Note 8 has a slightly higher-capacity battery
The Note 8.0’s battery holds a bit more juice than the iPad mini’s. As always, though, remember that many other factors also determine actual battery life.


Both devices sport 5MP rear cameras
Cameras are rarely the most important part of a tablet, and Samsung and Apple both realize this. These 5-megapixel rear shooters will do the job, but don’t expect anything extraordinary.     -ASV