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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini

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Interface and Functionality

If you thought the external designs of the two devices are different, wait til you see the operating systems! As you might expect, the Note 8.0 is loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung's TouchWiz UX, while the iPad mini has the latest iOS version.

The differences are obvious – while the Galaxy Note 8 has widgets, many customization options, and overall one of the best user interfaces available on Android, the iPad mini has a simplistic interface consisting of an icon grid – not particularly fun and entertaining, but super efficient and easy to use.

The interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini

The UI of the Apple iPad mini - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The UI of the Apple iPad mini - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The UI of the Apple iPad mini - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The UI of the Apple iPad mini - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini

Out of the box, the Apple iPad mini has a better QWERTY keyboard – it's a actually a superb keyboard. Meanwhile, the Note 8.0's one isn't exactly marvelous, in fact we find it to be mediocre, but the good news is that you can still install a better, third-party one and tweak it to your liking.

The on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini

The keyboard options found on the Apple iPad mini - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The keyboard options found on the Apple iPad mini - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The keyboard options found on the Apple iPad mini - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The keyboard options found on the Apple iPad mini - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini


Internet and Connectivity

iPad mini has a wonderful browser, there's no doubt about that. Safari is super smooth and very responsive, but the Note 8.0 is almost equally responsive and even manages to beat the iPad mini in terms of performance in some situations. In addition, it also supports Adobe Flash Player, which is not available on the iPad mini. As you can imagine, there are still tons of sites online which utilize Flash for one thing or another.

The internet browser on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
The internet browser on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini

Browsing the web with Safari - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
Browsing the web with Safari - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
Browsing the web with Safari - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
Browsing the web with Safari - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini

Throw in the superior screen resolution of the Galaxy Note 8.0 and it easily becomes the better device with regards to web browsing.

The iPad mini is already available with the three biggest US carriers – AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, and it supports 4G LTE connectivity to make the most of these guys' networks. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is yet to get announced by US carriers. For the time being, we're only aware of the international model, which packs HSPA+ connectivity. Theoretically, the iPad mini should be able to establish a faster connection even when used on an HSPA+ network, but it isn't certain if this would happen in a real-life situation.


S Pen

A Note 8 feature that is nonexistent on the iPad mini is the S Pen, which works very well and allows you to take hand-written notes comfortably. There's a lot of custom software on the Note 8.0 which makes handwriting work very well, and it certainly is a wonderful feature that gives the Note 8.0 a certain degree of uniqueness.

Awesome Note - There's a lot of custom software on the Note 8.0 which makes handwriting work very well - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
There's a lot of custom software on the Note 8.0 which makes handwriting work very well - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini
Paper Artist - There's a lot of custom software on the Note 8.0 which makes handwriting work very well - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini

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