The Apple iPad Mini is finally available on sale and people are as usual with every Apple product, swarming over it. And with the Mini out the tablet market has been spiced up with the likes of Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD. But a smartphone is also in the run to compete with the iPad Mini, an unsuspecting competitor even, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Why would we compare the Galaxy Note 2 to the iPad Mini? Read on to find out.
The design of both the gadgets in question differs greatly. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a marriage between a tablet and a smartphone. Actually it neither looks like a smartphone or a tablet completely, so you will be getting a cross breed of sorts. The Galaxy Note 2 measures 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm and weighs around 180 grams. The Note 2 is pretty well designed and Samsung keeps true to their plastic design, though the rounded corners make for much better handling of the phone.
The iPad Mini is surprisingly thinner than the Note 2 and measure at 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm. The Mini weighs in at 308 grams which is given since it’s a tablet. While Apple has maintained anodized aluminum look which is both durable and great to look at and handle.
The Note 2 sports a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD screen. The 5.5 inch screen size is what takes this phone into the tablet category. The resolution on the screen is 1280 * 720 and PPI of 265. The display is top notch and the 5.5 inch screen really brings multimedia and games into a new light. The display also allows stylus input which allows it to be used more like a tablet rather than a smartphone.
The iPad Mini has a 7.9 inch screen with a resolution of 1024 * 768. The IPS technology is what drives the display though the Retina technology doesn’t make an appearance here and that has allowed the quality of the display to drop down.
The Note 2 features a 1.6GHz Quad-core Exynos Processor with 16GB/32GB/64GB Storage. Add to that 2GB of RAM and you get blazing fast performance from the Note 2. The Note 2 runs on the Android platform and the OS is zippy at all times. Games and multimedia perform equally well. It is safe to say that the Note 2 has the faster performance here.
The iPad Mini has an Apple dual-core A5 processor with 16GB/32GB/64GB Storage. The 512MB or RAM is a limiting factor though and may pull the real world performance of the Mini back just a little bit.
The Note 2 has an 8MP camera though not the best in the business it will be more than enough for most people. The picture quality is pretty good and in-line with what you would expect from Samsung. Add to that the 1080p video and this is what you will need for most days. The front facing 1.9MP camera is good enough for casual use.
There are two cameras on the iPad Mini as well. The front facing camera is great for FaceTime and the back facing 5MP is good enough for random Facebook snaps. 1080p video also makes an appearance here.
The Note 2 will have its pricing kick off from $299 which is only $30 cheaper than the 16GB WIFI version of the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini’s prices for WIFI version are as follows,
• 16GB | $329
• 32GB | $429
• 64GB | $529
And for the LTE versions,
• 16GB 4G | $459
• 32GB 4G | $559
• 64GB 4G | $659
You might have noticed that we didn’t cover the connectivity and OS version in our comparison. That is because both competitors have nearly the same connectivity options and the truth is you won’t be using all of them anyway. As for the OS, both Android and iOS are well established and comparing them is a waste of space.