Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina vs iPad mini vs Note 8.0

Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina vs iPad mini vs Note 8.0
The 8" Windows tablets are only just out, so we are staging a fierce fight of the most prolific 8-inchers in the iOS and Android worlds, namely the new and old iPad mini, together with the unique Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

What's so unique about it, you'd ask? Well, for starters it wields that mighty S Pen, which is a joy to use on a tablet much more than on the phone-y Notes, and it is also very thin and light. We found it to be an all-around great package - fast, with good display and very handy S Pen-optimized apps, ideal to toss in a bag, or carry around all the time, and not only if you are a student.

What can the more orthodox iPad line pit against it? Well, for starters, the iPad minis are crafted out of aluminum, so there's that, and yet they are thinner and lighter than the plastic-fantastic Note 8.0, which on top of that is priced similar. The precision cut corners and the Apple logo on the back certainly exude a more premium feeling than Samsung's tablet, which strikes back with functionality thanks to its stylus silo and adjacent apps, though. When it comes to apps, Android still lags in tablet-specific ones, but on an 8-incher the regular phone ones typically scale just fine for what it's worth.

Then we arrive to the processing power, which, frankly, is more than enough on all three tablets, though the iPad mini with Retina shines with its 64-bit A7 processor, which is da bomb for marketing purposes and optimized iOS 7 stock apps, but not so much for 3rd party ones yet. It has to push that Retina panel, though, so we'll have to put it at the top of the food chain here.

Speaking of the Retina Display on the new iPad mini, we'd be remiss to miss those dense 326 pixels per inch. That's right, this is the second highest pixel density on a tablet, barring the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, and the munchkin actually has the same resolution as its larger sibling the iPad Air. 2048 x 1536 pixels on an 8-incher is a Guiness Book of Records material right there, so if you are into density bragging rights, snatch the iPad mini with Retina immediately.

The brave old iPad mini doesn't have much to show for itself now but the fact that it's the lightest of them all, still with premium design and 400 000+ optimized apps behind its back, and just got to that sweet $299 tag. Which, of course, may or may not be worth it, depending on how badly you want to watch 4K movies on your 8" slate, or do some serious graphics work on that specific canvas size. Take a peak and have your pick.

Apple iPad mini 2 vs Apple iPad mini vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Display

Display size

7.9 inches
7.9 inches
8.0 inches

Resolution

2048 x 1536 pixels
1024 x 768 pixels
1280 x 800 pixels

Pixel density

324 ppi
162 ppi
189 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
TFT

Screen-to-body ratio

71.82 %
71.82 %
64.78 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
 

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

5 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
 

Software Features

Digital image stabilization, HDR, Face detection, Exposure compensation, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Digital image stabilization, HDR, Face detection, Exposure compensation, Touch to focus, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Smile detection, Geo tagging, ISO control, White balance presets, Panorama

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

H.264, MOV
H.264, MOV
 

Features

Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
 

Front

1.2 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
1.3 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD)
 

Design

Dimensions

7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm)
7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm)
8.30 x 5.35 x 0.31 inches (210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 mm)

Weight

12.03 oz (341 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)
11.01 oz (312 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)
11.92 oz (338 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
 

Features

 
 
Stylus

Phone functionality

 
 
Yes

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A7
Apple A5
Samsung Exynos 4 Quad 4412

Processor

Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Quad-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9

GPU

PowerVR G6430
PowerVR SGX543MP2
Mali-400 MP4

RAM

1 GB LPDDR3
0.5 GB DDR2
2 GB

Internal storage

128 GB
64 GB
16 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

 
 
microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

OS

iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
iOS (9.x, 8.x, 7.x, 6.1, 6)
Android (4.4.2, 4.2.2, 4.1.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

6471 mAh
4440 mAh
4600 mAh

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
Bands 4, 17
 

UMTS

850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

CDMA

800, 1900 MHz
 
 

Data

LTE, HSPA, UMTS
LTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS
HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

TV-out
TV-out
MHL

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 829
$ 659
 


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29 Comments

1. Santi_Santi unregistered

Serious winner here. Note 8.0

3. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

1280 x 800 resolution, I have to disagree maybe vs the mini, but the mini 2 has better display and better processor, say what you want but the A7 processor, has been proven to be amazing.

4. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Excuse me, but don't you mean "Amazing"?

22. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

huh? dont understand what you mean I didnt misspelled anything

15. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

No GPS again??? If it was Samsung or Google, such a "news" would be all over the articles on the headlines. LOL

23. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

GPS on a tablet? seriously? I dont intend to navigate anywhere with a tablet, and even if it was an android tablet I could care less if it had gps. prefer quality build and user experience.

25. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yes seriously - I have my Nexus 7 embedded in my car for on board navigation. Build quality is subjective because if its in a case does it really matter ? UX is also subjective so i will give you those points but GPS on a tablet has valid perks. Winner - Ipad mini 2 - runner up 8.0

6. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

I have the note 8.0 and I really like it. The retina display that the new iPad mini has would be really nice to have... but then again we are comparing a device from Q1 of 2013 and another from Q4 so there will be obvious improvements... the thing I don't get is why they made the new mini heavier though.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If I had to guess, I'd say due to a larger battery.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Yep NOTE 8.0 clearly the winner.

11. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

What are u retard or something ?

13. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Well, enjoy your oversize S4.

16. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Well, enjoy your oversized iphone, with no phone app. LOL

19. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

get off the kool-aid

20. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Note 8.0 it's just A CRAP.

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

why dont we see so many comparisons when lg,nokia or samsung launches a new tablet

9. stealthd unregistered

Because no one buys them I guess

17. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

You better see the market share. iPads are 50% down.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mini2 FTW

8. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I'm pro Android, and consider it to be much more usable than IOS, especially with Samsung's stylus implementation. But come on, the iPad mini takes this by a landslide. Note 8 needs like this years processor and screen to even be considered in my book

12. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

trust me if ipad mini ran android, my nexus 7 fhd would be in mid air about to land in my garbage bag on my curb, no kidding

18. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Agree about nexus 7 , but also iPad mini should have 16:9 also before this to happen. We are talkin about Note 8 , though. End this is different story.

14. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Daniel please Stop being a biased Prikk "2048 x 1536 pixels on an 8-incher is a Guiness Book of Records material right there, so if you are into density bragging rights, snatch the iPad mini with Retina immediately." here is the real guiness book of records "Exclusive 8.9" HDX display (2560x1600) with unsurpassed pixel density (339 PPI) and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD"

21. willard12 unregistered

"That's right, this is the second highest pixel density on a tablet.... is a Guiness Book of Records material right there." At PA, if Apple comes in second, it should still be in the Guiness Book of records.

24. robosteve

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

The only thing the iPad has on the Note 8 is the nice screen resolution. I have a Note 8 which has and S-Pen and a microSD card slot which I'd take over the nicer screen. As for the plasticy build I know isn't as classy as the iPad but it's a lot more robust, Samsung and Nokia know how to make robust phone. I see a lot of iPhone and iPads with cracked screens yet very few Samsang Galaxys with cracks. iPads do loom and feel nice, but it's just skin deep. Note 8 gets my vote. I'm now off to draw sillys faces on photos of iPads using S-Note.

26. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 2013

why u link nokia quality together with samsung???? ??? seriously dude!?? samsung has good quality????

29. robosteve

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

Well .... yes, I've dropped my S2 and S3 lots of times and they still work perfectly and have excaped without a scratch. My S3 is around a year old now and still looks brand new, I don't use a back cover on it, it doesn't need one and they add to the bulk. Also it is widely know you can bend the back cover of most Samsung device in half without it breaking of even showing stress marks.

27. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

This is like trying to compare 2 types of cheese (one from last year) with semi-skimmed milk. Completely pointless as results will be all over the place.

28. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I would call this one a tie. The ipm2 has a better screen and faster processor, true. But the S Pen sw on the Note 8 set it apart from all others. You can't go wrong with either one, but the next Note 8 will be an interesting device.

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