The past year has seen the situation heating up between two warring factions – Samsung and Apple. Samsung seems to be taking a much more aggressive stance in the recent past with launches directly targeting Apple devices. So if it brought out the Samsung Galaxy S4 to challenge the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 comes forth to beat the iPad Mini, squashing every new innovation by Apple in its home ground. However, is it possible to beat a giant like Apple that stands alone and has a loyal fan following?
The Design & Display
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 beats the iPad Mini by few inches in terms of size. In terms of design the Galaxy Note 8.0 has more curved borders that look elegant when kept alongside the iPad Mini’s business like rectangular profile. The difference in size, weight and dimensions between the two devices varies by a few inches only. The competition does not exist here, but this is where the level playing field ends.
Both devices have LCD TFT screens, however, while the iPad Mini has a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels on a 7.9-inch screen, the Note 8.0 has 800×1280 pixels resolution on an 8-inch screen. Although, the difference appears to be negligible, the Galaxy Note 8 offers better view and the iPad Mini offers more natural colors.
While the Galaxy Note 8.0’s user interface is a healthy blend of Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, iPad Mini has been enhanced by Apple’s iOS 6, which is the operating system’s latest version. The Android Jelly Bean comes with Project Butter which offers smoother interaction and TouchWiz interface is a useful but fun feature that lets users customize their interface as per their preference. The iPad Mini’s interface might appear slightly dull with the icons being simply displayed on the screen; however it is very handy and accessible.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 quad core processor with 2GB of RAM and the iPad Mini comes with 1GHz Apple A5 dual core processor with 512MB of RAM. Neither of the device lag in terms of performance despite the huge difference in the hardware specs, but 512MB RAM is quite adequate to run Apple apps smoothly. In terms of storage, while the Note 8.0 offers memory expansion option via micro SD card, the iPad Mini does not come with a card slot. This may be a dampener if users want to access files from their SD card.
The Camera & Multimedia
Both the devices have a 5MP rear camera and very negligible difference in the front camera resolution. However, the iPad Mini’s camera offers better performance in different light conditions. Also, the iPad Mini can shoot 1080 pixels full HD videos, whereas the Galaxy Note 8.0 offers only 720 pixels video recording.
For watching multimedia files, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is a better device as it offers better view with its wider screen. Also, the Samsung devices allow more freedom to their users in terms of media file transfer as opposed to Apple devices. Besides, since the Note 8.0 has memory expansion option, the user does not have to lose out on internal memory space to store multimedia files, unlike in the case of the iPad Mini.