Difference between iPad Mini and Galaxy Note II

Key Difference: The iPad Mini is a sleeker, thinner iPad 2. The iPad Mini comes with a 7.9-inch LED-backlit multi-touch display with IPS technology touchscreen coated with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic material. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung and is an Android based device. The Note II is known for its large display of 5.5 inches (141 mm), as well as its integral use of a stylus, called the S pen. The beauty of a Galaxy Note II is that it falls between the categories of a smartphone and a tablet. It is hence marketed as a ‘phablet’, a phone and a tablet, a hybrid or sorts.

Apple is a well-known company around the world. It has been popular due to its innovative and technologically advanced electronics as well as the lawsuits with various different companies. Apple has been applauded for its futuristic design and new technologies on its various phones and tablets. It has also been criticized by many for its expensive price tags. However, the company has still managed build a loyal fan base that stands by the company and its products a 100%. The iPad Mini has been a popular tablet since its launch in November 2012 and is basically a mini iPad. It has borrowed a lot of features from its big brother and but just has a smaller packaging.

The iPad Mini is a sleeker, thinner iPad 2, note currently the company is on its 4th generation iPad. The iPad Mini comes with a 7.9-inch LED-backlit multi-touch display with IPS technology touchscreen coated with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic material. True to the Apple design, the iPad Mini also have a slick, steel chassis that is comfortable to hold. The company has launched two different models of the iPad Mini; Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular. The Wi-Fi is a little cheaper and does not have a SIM slot, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular model is able to support 2G, 3G and 4G operations. One of the most touted features of the device is the weight. The device is super light and weight around 308 grams for the Wi-Fi and the 312 grams for the Wi-Fi + Cellular. The 7.9-inch screen provides 768 x 1024 pixels and an approximate 162 pixel density; it is not the best resolution available specially with the iPad 2 with Retina display. The screen has been said to be a bit grainy in viewing.

The device houses a 1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and the Apple A5 chipset. It is powered by the iOS 6 and can be upgradeable to iOS 6.1.3. The processor is not as fast as the latest Apple A6, but it does not lag during multi-tasking. The slower processor might have a concern if the device allowed true multitasking, but since it does not the device works just fine. The iPad Mini is available with 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, which is not expandable. The device only offers 512 MB RAM. The iPad Mini comes with a 5MP rear camera for taking photos and also has HD video taking capability. The device also has a 1.2 MP front camera for video calling purposes. It also has the FaceTime app for video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular. The iSight Camera has features such as autofocus, face detection, backside illumination and five-element lens.

The outer chassis of the device houses various buttons to control the device. The top of the device holds the On/Off and the Sleep/Wake button, along with the microphone and the headphone jack. The company has shifted the button back to the top of the device. The right side of the device has the Silent/Screen rotation lock button and the volume controls. The Home button is placed on bottom bezel and the built-in-speakers are on the bottom of the iPad Mini along with the Lightening connector. The device comes with many features such as Siri natural language commands and dictation, Game Center, Photo Booth, Built-in apps and e-book reader. The reader is compatible with all of the big services such as Google Books, Kindle and Nook, making it easier to read books in almost all formats. The device has been noted for the sleek and small design, which makes the device comfortable to hold and work with. Also apps have been specifically designed for the tablet, so no longer need to deal with stretching apps. Few criticisms include the price of the device, lack of Retina display, and lack of true multitasking as well the software. With the iPhone 5 already available in the market with Apple A6 chipset, the iPad Mini with the same chipset is not that far away.

Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. Samsung Electronics has become one of the key competitors in the smartphone market due to innovative technologies. The group has launched popular phones such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung and is an Android based device. The Note II is known for its large display of 5.5 inches (141 mm), as well as its integral use of a stylus, called the S pen. The beauty of a Galaxy Note II is that it falls between the categories of a smartphone and a tablet. It is hence marketed as a ‘phablet’, a phone and a tablet, a hybrid or sorts.

In terms of hardware, the Note II features a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 720p resolution display, and 2 GB of RAM. The Note II is available in a variety of colors and in storage capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. The phone also has an external expandable memory of up to 64 GB. The Galaxy Note II was launched with Android 4.1 (also called Jelly Bean) and at the time of its launch was the first phone to feature Android 4.1. Now, the phone is upgradeable to Android 4.1.2.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Apple website, Samsung website and GSMArena.com.

 

iPad Mini

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Launch Date

November 2012

September 2012

Company

Apple

Samsung Electronics

Size

200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm

151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm (5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in)

Display

7.9‑inch LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology

5.5 inches, super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

1024 x 768 resolution (~162 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels, (~267 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

308 grams (Wi-Fi); 312 grams (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

183 g (6.46 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1454; A1455

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1455

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - A1454; A1455

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - N7105

4G Network

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - A1454

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1455

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - N7105

GUI

iUI

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9

Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

PowerVR SGX543MP2

Mali-400MP

OS

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.3

Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Apple A5

Exynos 4412 Quad

RAM

512 MB

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

nano-SIM

Micro-SIM

Internal Memory

16/32/64 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

No

up to 64 GB

Sensors

Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Connectivity

Model A1454

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

Model A1455

  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)

Data only

802.11a/b/g/n Wi‑Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Bluetooth v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE, USB 2.0 Host, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, S Beam, Samsung AllShare Play & Control, Samsung AllShare Cast (WiFi Display), Mirroring & Extention, Samsung AllShare Framework

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, LTE (4G), USB

Speed

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR

USB

USB v2.0

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

Primary Camera

5MP 2592x1944 pixels rear camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP, [email protected] front camera

1.9 MP

Video

[email protected] with video stabilization, face detection, Tap to focus while recording and backside illumination.

[email protected]

Camera Features

  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Geotagging
  • Autofocus
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

No

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

MP3/WAV/ eAAC+/ AC3/ FLAC player

Video supported formats

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

MP4/DivX/ XviD/ WMV/ H.264/ H.263 player

Battery Capacity

16.3 Wh Non-removable Li-Po battery

Li-ion 3,100 mAh

Talktime

-

2G: 35 hours

3G: 16 hours

Standby Time

-

2G: 980 hours

3G: 890 hours

Available Colors

Black/Slate, White/Silver

Titanium Gray, Marble White, Amber Brown, Ruby Wine, Pink

Messaging

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML (Safari)

HTML5

Radio

No

Stereo FM radio with RDS (N7100 only)

GPS

Assisted GPS and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

No

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • Maps
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo
  • TV-out
  • Document viewer
  • Predictive text input
  • FaceTime
  • Game Center
  • Photo Booth
  • Built-in apps
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
  • Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
  • Screen Recorder
  • Quick Glance
  • Samsung S Suggest
  • S Pen Experience (Stylus)
  • S Note
  • S Planner
  • Email with hand-writing integration
  • S Pen Keeper, Quick, Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist, Shape Match, Formula Match.

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