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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

Phone functionality  Yes
OSiOS (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), TouchWiz UI
Dimensions7.87 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)
Weight12.03 oz (341 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
11.01 oz (312 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
11.92 oz (338 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
MaterialsMain body: AluminumMain body: Aluminum 
Features  Stylus
Physical size7.9 inches7.9 inches8.0 inches
Resolution2048 x 1536 pixels1024 x 768 pixels1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

324 ppi162 ppi189 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

71.82 %71.82 %64.78 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 216 
Camera5 megapixels5 megapixels5 megapixels
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

33 mm33 mm 
Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus
Software FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingFace detection, Digital zoom, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo taggingSmile detection, Geo tagging
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
Recording formatH.264, MOVH.264, MOV 
FeaturesTime-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video callingTime-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling 
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) 
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Apple A7Apple A5Samsung Exynos 4 Quad 4412

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bitDual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

PowerVR G6430PowerVR SGX543MP2ARM Mali-400 MP4
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

128 GB64 GB16 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

  microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

6471 mAh4440 mAh4600 mAh
Screen mirroringTV-outTV-outMHL

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26Bands 17, 4 
DataLTE, HSPA, UMTSLTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTSHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 829$ 659 

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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:19 8

1. Santi_Santi (unregistered)

Serious winner here. Note 8.0

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:36 5

3. sniper1087 (Posts: 531; Member since: 31 Dec 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:46 2

4. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 23:28

22. sniper1087 (Posts: 531; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

huh? dont understand what you mean I didnt misspelled anything

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 20:53

15. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)

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

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 23:30 1

23. sniper1087 (Posts: 531; Member since: 31 Dec 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 06:57

25. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:16 5

6. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:23

10. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:21 6

7. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Yep NOTE 8.0 clearly the winner.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 18:17 5

11. jshan (Posts: 200; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)

What are u retard or something ?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 18:47 3

13. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Well, enjoy your oversize S4.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 20:55 5

16. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:10

19. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

get off the kool-aid

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 04:30 3

20. Trex95 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Note 8.0 it's just A CRAP.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:20 1

2. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:21 1

9. stealthd (unregistered)

Because no one buys them I guess

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 20:58 2

17. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:47 7

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Mini2 FTW

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:37 4

8. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 18:47

12. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 21:03

18. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 19:25

14. Metalspy8 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Feb 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"

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 23:20

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.

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 17:42 1

24. robosteve (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 09:06

26. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)

why u link nokia quality together with samsung???? ???

seriously dude!??

samsung has good quality????

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 06:56

29. robosteve (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 09:09

27. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 12:25

28. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 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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