iPad mini with Retina Display vs. Galaxy Note 8.0

Features Tony Crammond 09:52, Oct 24 2013


The Apple iPad mini 2 will run on Apple’s newest version of iOS7. The design is divisive and very much a matter of taste (or lack thereof…) but you will have access to the App Store which is jam-packed with well-polished apps for any need, and the software is still very easy to use, making it a boon for the technically uninitiated amongst us.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 runs on Android, version 4.1.2, which isn’t the most up-to-date iteration of the software, but will still provide you with customization potential and access to Google Play for millions of free and paid apps.


Both the iPad mini 2 and the Galaxy Note 8.0 have 5-megapixel primary cameras that capture the same amount of pixels, as well as benefitting from geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. The iPad mini sneaks ahead by filming 1080P video at 30 frames per second, versus the Galaxy Note 8.0’s 720P video at 30 frames per second.

In terms of secondary cameras, the Samsung has a 1.3-megapixel snapper while the Apple has a 1.2-megapixel sensor, perfect for Hangouts or FaceTime, respectively.

Wrap up

When it comes to Apple products, the company seems blessed with a loyal following that will buy its devices regardless of tough competition from other brands. In the case of the iPad mini 2 though, the company appears to have listened, and improved the key areas of criticism in the first-generation device. The result is a very well balanced little tablet that everyone, be they Android or Apple loyal, should look at.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is, for its faults, a good device too, but if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, we’d suggest you look at the new iPad mini, with its future-proof 64-bit chipset and lustrous new display.

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