Difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and iPad Mini

Key Difference: Samsung has added another tablet to its ever expanding line-up. The Tab 3 8-inch follows the Tab 3 7-inch that was launched earlier in 2013. The tablet comes with an 8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that offers approximately 189 ppi pixel density. The device comes in three different variants: Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G. 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 has added another tablet to its ever expanding line-up. The Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch follows the Tab 3 7-inch that was launched earlier in 2013. The tablet is supposed to fill the gap between the 7-inch and the 10-inch tablet. Many are also inferring that the tablet may be launched as a cheaper variant to the Galaxy Note 8.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch comes with an 8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that offers approximately 189 ppi pixel density. The device comes in three different variants: Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G. The Wi-Fi model does not offer calling capabilities, while the models do. Other than this major difference the rest of the models are almost the same differing only in weight. All of the variants come with the TouchWiz UI that is found in all of the recent Samsung devices. The device resembles the Galaxy Note 8 in terms of design. It has the same curved corners with a white bezel. There is one hardware button in the middle under the screen that is flanked by two capacitive buttons.

A camera and a mic are placed on the top of the display screen along with the proximity sensor. The right side of the device houses the power button, the volume rocker and the USB port, while the left side of the device has the microSD card port. The back has a camera and the LED flashlight. The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz Dual-cored processor; however, the company has yet to announce which processor it is using. Many techies suspect it is the new Intel Atom processor.

Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is available with two different internal storage capacities: 16 GB and 32 GB, which can be expanded by 64 GB via microSD card. All of the variants are available with 1.5 GB RAM. The device houses a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front camera. The 5MP camera can record 720p video. The tablet comes with Google Android v 4.2.2 Jelly out of the box. The company has also added a bunch of apps that makes the device more user friendly such as Samsung Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung Kies Air, Samsung ChatON, S Translator, S Travel, etc.

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 devices has been taken from Samsung Mobile Press website, Apple website and GSMArena.com.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

iPad Mini

Launch Date

Q3 2013

November 2012

Company

Samsung

Apple

Size

209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4 mm

200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm

Display

8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

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

Screen

800 x 1280 pixels (~189 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

1024 x 768 resolution (~162 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Weight

314 grams (Wi-Fi model)

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

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SM-T310, SM-T315

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

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1455

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-T310, SM-T315

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

4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-T315

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - A1454

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

GUI

TouchWiz UI

iUI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Dual-core

1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9

GPU

PowerVR SGX544

PowerVR SGX543MP2

OS

Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.3

Chipset

Intel Atom Z2560 (rumored)

Apple A5

RAM

1.5 GB

512 MB

SIM Size

mircoSIM

nano-SIM

Internal Memory

16/32 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

No

Sensors

Wi-Fi: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB

3G/ LTE: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB, Approximate

Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi Direct

Bluetooth® 4.0, USB 2.0, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB Host

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, NFC, Infrared, USB.

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, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR

USB

microUSB v2.0, USB Host

USB v2.0

Primary Camera

5 MP 2592х1944 pixels

5MP 2592x1944 pixels rear camera

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

1.2 MP, [email protected] front camera

Video

Recording: [email protected]

Playback: [email protected]

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

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection
  • 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

Sound Alive and Dolby Surround

No

Audio supported formats

MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, E-AC3, WMA, 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

MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX (1080p Full HD @30fps)

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 Li-Ion 4450 mAh battery

16.3 Wh Non-removable Li-Po battery

Talktime

No official data released

-

Standby Time

No official data released

-

Available Colors

White

Black/Slate, White/Silver

Messaging

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

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML5

HTML (Safari)

Radio

N/A

No

GPS

A-GPS + GLONASS

Assisted GPS and GLONASS

Java

via Java MIDP emulator

No

Additional Features

  • Samsung Apps
  • Samsung Hub
  • Samsung Kies
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung ChatON
  • Reading mode
  • Story Album
  • Group Play
  • S Translator
  • S Travel
  • Dual View
  • Pop up Video
  • WatchON
  • Google Mobile Services
  • 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: samsungmobilepress.com, apple.com

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