Difference between Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and iPad Mini

Key difference: Samsung has now expanded its’ offerings in the phablet category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is named such because of its 6.3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 processor with a 1.5 GB RAM. 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 device houses a 1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and the Apple A5 chipset and a 512 MB RAM.

Samsung is a major player on the world smartphone platform. It is the second most popular smartphone retailer in the world by number of units sold, after Apple. It is in fact the first most popular Android smartphone retailer in the world by number of units sold. The company’s Samsung Galaxy S3 was the first phone that gave the iPhone a real competition. Hence, effectively making the Galaxy brand, a brand to be reckoned with.

Samsung is also credited with creating the ‘phablet’ category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Note. A phablet is a cross between a phone and a tablet; it sized as a table but with all the properties of a phone. Samsung has now expanded its’ offerings in the phablet category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is named such because of its 6.3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 processor with a 1.5 GB RAM. The phone runs Android 4.2.2, the latest version of Android at the time of its launch. The phone also features an 8 MP primary camera and a 1.9 MP secondary front-facing camera.

In addition to the above mentioned features, the phone also boasts several features that are available on the Samsung Galaxy S4. This includes ‘Group Play’, which enables easy content sharing for up to 8 devices on the same Wi-Fi network; ‘Samsung WatchON’ that transforms the phone into an IR remote controller to connect to the home entertainment system; ‘Samsung Link’ for streaming photos, videos, notes, or music to the television, tablet or computer; ‘S Translator’ that provides instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, and ChatON, which allows the user to share the phone’s screen with other users.

Furthermore, the phone also has a split screen capability that allows two or more applications to share the screen. These applications include email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, and more. The phone also has the popular ‘Air View’ feature, which allows users to preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts, before opening them. In addition, the ‘S Travel’ feature trip information, local guides and resources, etc., while the ‘Story album’ allows users to create albums of daily events, keep special moments in one place using a timeline, geo-tag information and publish digital albums in hard copy.

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.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Apple website, samsungmobilepress.com, samsungtomorrow.com, gdgt.com and GSMarena.com.

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

iPad Mini

Launch Date

May 2013

November 2012

Company

Samsung

Apple

Size

167.6 x 88 x 8 mm (6.60 x 3.46 x 0.31 in)

200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm

Display

TFT capacitive touchscreen

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

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels, 6.3 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)

1024 x 768 resolution (~162 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Weight

199g (7.02 oz)

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

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

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

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1455

3G Network

HSDPA

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

4G Network

LTE - GT-I9205

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - A1454

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

GUI

TouchWiz UI

iUI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15

1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9

GPU

Mali-T604

PowerVR SGX543MP2

OS

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.3

Chipset

Exynos 5250

Apple A5

RAM

1.5 GB RAM

512 MB

SIM Size

TBA

nano-SIM

Internal Memory

8/16 GB storage

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 64 GB

No

Sensors

Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyroscope

Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct

BT 4.0(BLE), USB 2.0 H/S

GPS+GLONASS, NFC, MHL, Infrared port

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

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

Speed

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

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

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR

USB

Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host

USB v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

5MP 2592x1944 pixels rear camera

Secondary Camera

1.9 MP

1.2 MP, [email protected] front camera

Video

Yes

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

Camera Features

Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Drama, Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range),

Sound & Shot, Sports, , Continuous shot

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

Sound Enhancement

-

No

Audio supported formats

MP3, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3GA, WMA, OGG, OGA, AAC, FLAC

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

Video supported formats

3GP, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV

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

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery

16.3 Wh Non-removable Li-Po battery

Available Colors

White, Black

Black/Slate, White/Silver

Messaging

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

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML5

HTML (Safari)

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Assisted GPS and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

No

Additional Features

  • Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
  • Story Album, S Translator
  • Air View, Multi Window, Pop Up Play
  • Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
  • Samsung WatchON
  • Samsung Link, S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice 2.0
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • 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

Image Courtesy: samsungtomorrow.com, apple.com

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