Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini

It was clear right from the start that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Apple iPad mini will be direct competitors. Both devices are fighting for almost exactly the same customers – those who're on the lookout for a tablet, but a compact one. One that you can carry easily with you and hold like a real notebook.

But with two wonderful products like the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the iPad mini, the choice you have to do will surely not be easy. Both have valuable and different assets that will make you ask yourself which one to get... again, and again, and again... Let's see what we can do to help you with your choice!


Let's start by comparing the external designs of the Note 8 and iPad mini! The two manufacturers have clearly chosen completely different paths when it comes to the design. The Note 8 has a glossy-plastic construction which feels good to the touch and makes the device easy to hold even with one hand only. Meanwhile, the iPad mini has a premium body made of metal. Apple's device is equally comfortable to hold. Don't be fooled by the thinner side bezels of the iPad mini. That won't cause any accidental presses because Apple has tweaked the device in such a way that it won't detect your thumbs (resting on the bezels and part of the screen) as presses. This will work in about 9/10 cases, which is about the same success rate you'll get with the wider bezel of the Note 8.0.

Both tablets are quite thin, though the iPad mini pushes this to the extreme. Apple's tablet is just a bit lighter – it weighs 312 grams versus 338 grams for the Note 8.0, but the difference in weight is pretty much negligible.


Both devices use LCD TFT screens, but there's some noticeable difference between the two. Apple's product features a 7.9” screen with a resolution of 768 x 1024, while the Note 8 has an 8” screen with a slightly higher resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. This difference may not seem so big, but it's just enough to make things on the Note 8's display a bit easier to read.

Color tones on the iPad mini, however, are more natural, as those on the Note 8.0 tend to gravitate towards the colder side. Viewing angles, brightness and outdoor visibility all seem to be pretty similar, but the Note 8.0's screen can become dimmer, which is very handy when one's using the tablet in the dark.



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I just wonder the cost of the note 8.

14. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

I check everyday. If its above the mini then no.

16. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I saw in a website that it was around 391 euro. The mini is 339 euro. I paid 260 euro for mine.

2. Aeires unregistered

A grid only 4 apps wide on a screen that size is sad. Apple should have tweaked iOS for both their tablets to allow more apps on each screen, especially considering there's no app drawer.

20. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It is weird but it looks very cool on the mini. I thought it was weird on the normal ipad but i didnt notice that on my mini. I feel like if there was more icons it would look awful and too crowded. Having 5 icons on the dock i can definitely imagine how it would look like and i don't think it would look very great.

3. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

iPad Mini Android for phones, iOS for tablets

4. Aeires unregistered

iOS or Apple apps? It's really the apps you're talking about, right?

6. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

If only there were as many tablet optimized apps for Android tablets. You'd think with the Nexus 10 out, many more HD compatible apps would appear.

7. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Yeah i'd switch to an android tablet if these would happen : 1) As much optimised apps as the iPad 2) Better build quality & Design 3) LTE 4) A 4:3 or 3:2 aspect ratio

10. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Also, made not to look like a child's toy.

19. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

You're a fan of 4:3 aspect ratio? I am and its one of the reasons i love my iPad mini.

25. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

So your home HD TV is 4:3?, 4:3 Aspect ratio was release from duty every since High Def TV (720 & 1080 i &P) was release.

26. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

How often do you use your HDTV in portrait? NEVER! A tablet should be used in both portrait or landscape, and it should show as much as possible in either way, it portrait it's wide and in landscape it's better for web browsing since it shows more content, but yeah 16:9 is better for watching movies but just for that, and that's not my main usage for a tablet.


Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

I prefer the Note 8.0 because I like to watch movies and vids, and I also prefer Android over iOS. To each his own :)

8. fsahin

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

iPads can be comparable only with ASUS tablets.Samsung tablets are freezing and not responsive.

15. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

If you bought a Galaxy Tab, then yes your affirmation is right but if you're talking about the Note series of tablets then you're mistaking.

9. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I'll continue with my Note 10.1 using 4.2.4 Cyanomodgen

11. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

ill prefer ipad mini! im an android fan for mobile..but when it came to tablet ill prefer ios.

12. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

One fault i'd mention abt PA's reviews....... is its battery reviews....instead of presenting real life usage data they just endorse what the company says.....and this is a serious issue!!!

17. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Indeed it is. Apple says the iPad Mini has 10 hours of battery life and i get 11/12 hours and if i play games like real racing 3, gta and regular usage i get 9/10 hours.

13. elsupercaico

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Writing this from my mini and I dont regret my decision the least bit...the ipad mini is a solid, well built device and its screen (even though not a retina one) looks and works brilliantly! The app store wins it hands down over the android market for tablets. This is the main reason why I chose to go with apple over android in the tablet department. PS: I own a galaxy s3 for a phone and very happy with it. Its just that android is still lacking in the app department when it comes to tablets

18. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Writing from my mini as well. It is indeed an awesome device. I absolutely love the design. Best tablet design ever. About the display, the only problem is pixel density but it works perfectly, the only moments where it isn't very great, is in the browser, where you can't read the small letters. Besides that, the screen has viewing angles, responsiveness, contrast and colors comparable or equal to the best tablets.

21. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

what the heck when the audible ads begin to come in the middle of the review ??

22. Dynamac

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 01, 2012

Why make something that is on par with the mini, why not make it slightly more appealing than the mini and just give it a high resolution display? Can't possibly cost that much more. All I want is a fast (doesn't have to be the best) high res 8 inch android tablet with a mSD slot so it is portable and I can display photos I take with my SLR on it quickly. Price doesn't really even matter. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Yet there NONE on the market.

23. dan_md

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2010

I chose neither. I like the galaxy's specs but not its toyish plastic design. i like the iPad mini's design but not its low screen resolution. I've been spoiled by high res displays...

24. AnukulVcool unregistered

ipad anyday

29. dvegas7088

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

This website should be IF apple made a giant chrome dildo this site would def suck it

30. lammertynlars

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

day everyone, I doubt very between the mini and the note if I ask to you which you would determine what is that then if it is above all for apps and so on on to play?

31. shubham3mathur

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

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