Difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and iPad Mini

Key Difference: The Samsung Tab 2 7.0 is a 7-inch tablet that offers a PLS TFT LCD display, with approximately 170 ppi density. The device is also available in two versions; Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G. The Wi-Fi only tablet is powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is available with the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and comes with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean. 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.

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a major upgrade to the company’s original Samsung Galaxy Tab. The tab shares many features to its big brother The Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The tab is actually a downgrade compared to the Galaxy 7.0 Plus, including the price of the tablet. However, during the launch it was also the only Tablet on the market at that time which served the Android Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. The device is also available in two versions; Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G. Both the devices differ in a few areas so, when purchasing either device, make sure to once look over the various different features that are offered in the Wi-Fi + 4G, which are missing the Wi-Fi only model.

Both the models offer similar dimensions and major features, with the differences being only with the processor speed, OS, camera features and colors. The Samsung Tab 2 7.0 is a 7-inch tablet that offers a PLS TFT LCD display, with approximately 170 ppi density. The Plane to Line Switching (PLS) differs from the IPS technology of the other tablets and while it provides decent wide viewing angles, it still has a high propensity for reflecting surfaces. The display also lags compared to the other IPS displays with higher resolutions. The tablet is small and sleek compared to the other 7-inch devices making it lighter and easier to hold. The device has a sturdy design and has an all-grey plastic back. It has a thick bezel with a light grey screen. The device houses the power button, the volume button and the IR-port on the right side of the device, the microSD card slot is placed on the left side covered by a plastic flap. The 3.5mm jack is on top of the device and docking port is at the bottom.

The Wi-Fi only tablet is powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is available with the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and comes with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean. Both devices offer 1 GB RAM and are available with 8/16/32 GB internal storage capacity that is expandable by 32 GB. The tablets house a 3.15 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera for video conferencing. The VGA camera is a downgrade from the 2 MP offered on Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The camera also comes with a Flash that is placed under the camera on the back of the device. The 4 LTE tablets also come with additional camera features such as: Smile Shot, Geo-tagging, Editing Modes, Camcorder, DivX, HD Recording, HD Playback, Video Share and Online Image Uploading.

Both the devices sport IR blasters, which allow the tablet to be used as a fully-functioning remote control. The device houses a non-removable Lithium-ion 4,000 mAh that provides a lasts a good amount of time on the Wi-Fi as well as the 4G network. The device is available in black and white on the Wi-Fi + 4 LTE, while an additional Garnet Red color has been added to the line for the Wi-Fi only tablet. Both the models come with various built in Samsung Applications and have been approved for Enterprise by the Company, something known as SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise). This includes an array of business applications such as: Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access, Polaris® Office, Video Chat, Cisco WebEx, EAS IT Policy, HW Encryption and Sybase Afaria. However, it lacks in terms of tablet based applications in Google Play. Well, that is not exactly Samsung’s fault but it is one of things that have been keeping pushing sales of Apple tablets more than Android Tablets. Google Play has not been able to offer enough applications that support the tablet format. This problem should only be temporary as the demand for tablets is on the rise in the market.

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 Samsung website, pcmag.com, engadget.com, Apple website and GSMArena.com.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

iPad Mini

Launch Date

April 2012

November 2012





193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm

200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm


7.0 in (18 cm) PLS TFT LCD display

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


1024 × 600 pixels (~170 ppi pixel density)

1024 x 768 resolution (~162 ppi pixel density)



Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating


345 grams

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 900 / 2100 - GT-P3100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GT-P3105

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

4G Network

Depends on market capability

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - A1454

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


TouchWiz UX UI


CPU speed

1 GHz Dual-core processor/ 1.2 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm processor (4G)

1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9


PowerVR SGX540

PowerVR SGX543MP2


Android OS v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.3


TI OMAP 4430

Apple A5



512 MB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

8/16/32 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 32GB



Accelerometer, digital compass, light and proximity

Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor


2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth technology v3.0, USB 2.0 Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct

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


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB


HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100

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


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

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


Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, HS

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR


USB v2.0, USB On-the-go

USB v2.0

Primary Camera

3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels

5MP 2592x1944 pixels rear camera

Secondary Camera


1.2 MP, [email protected] front camera


Full HD @30fps

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

Camera Features

  • LED Flash
  • Smile Shot
  • Geo-tagging
  • Editing Modes
  • Camcorder
  • DivX
  • HD Recording
  • HD Playback
  • Video Share
  • Online Image Uploading
  • 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



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

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

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Lithium-ion 4,000 mAh

16.3 Wh Non-removable Li-Po battery


2G: 40 hours

3G: 20 hours


Standby Time

2G: 1190 hours

3G: 1080 hours


Available Colors

Black, White, Red

Black/Slate, White/Silver


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

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM


HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML (Safari)





A-GPS support and GLONASS

Assisted GPS and GLONASS


Java via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • IR blaster
  • TV Out
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Quickoffice HD editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access
  • Polaris® Office
  • Video Chat
  • Cisco WebEx
  • EAS IT Policy
  • HW Encryption
  • Sybase Afaria
  • Samsung Media Hub
  • Built-in Samsung Apps
  • 50GB of free Dropbox storage for a year
  • 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: samsung.com, apple.com

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