Apple and Samsung have always been tight competitors. Last year, both brands released a tablet in the same month. When Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 launched in September, it wasn’t long before Apple’s fourth generation iPad Mini reached the shelves, vying to get taken home for Christmas.
The same can be said for both models this year. With the holiday just around corner, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 and Apple’s iPad Mini 4, are on it again. So, which will you pick this year?
Apple iPad Mini 4
If you hate lugging around with heavy and larger tablet, this fourth generation iPad Mini is for you. It is tinier, more compact with a 7.9-inch screen while boasting nearly the same specs as the larger the iPad Air 2 (just slightly less powerful though). Nonetheless, it is still the best of Apple’s small iPads, featuring a really nice design and remarkably better features than the iPad Mini 2. Apple has it that the iPad Mini 4’s CPU is 1.3 times faster than Mini 2, while its graphic performance is 1.6 times faster than the latter.
The Mini 4 has a LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touch screen with 16M colors, boasting much improved color accuracy. Its camera is at par with the rest too as it is designed with the iSight camera that can capture detailed photos and cinematic 1080 HD videos. Its front-facing FaceTime HD camera has also been redesigned with larger aperture and a new sensor that give you better video resolution even in low light. We should not forget to mention, it comes with a new Retina display that allows all video calls much clearer no matter the location of the person you’re talking to. And if you’re concerned about sound quality, the Mini 4 is equipped with two microphones that together collect more sounds and employ noise-reduction technology.
It doesn’t end with just taking photos and videos
Even when they are not taking photos, the cameras on iPad mini can do lots of remarkable things when paired with some amazing new apps on the App Store. For instance, it can help you tell stars from the planets, virtually move around furniture to assist you in your redecorating project, and be your personal coach by analyzing your movements and helping you correct them.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
The device gets an upgrade in size and name this year, and that’s about it. You might love its thinner and lighter profile though. Weighing just 389 grams with 9.97-inch display, noticeably lighter than all of Apple’s iPads, it is comfortable to clutch in one hand. If you throw it in your backpack, it doesn’t add much extra weight to the load, even with its dimensions slightly higher than the Mini 4. Its lighter weight can be attributed in part to its soft-touch plastic, unlike iPad’s aluminium shell — although metal edges outlined the tablet this time instead of plastic.
As to its display, the Galaxy Tab S generally boasts vividly colored Super AMOLED screen and a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution that matches the Mini 4, but the S2 is more like a step down because of its wider screen and letter paper-sized 4:3 aspect ratio. Nonetheless, that won’t affect much your video viewing experience.
Performance-wise, at the heart of S2 is the Exynos 7 5433 octa-core System-on-a-Chip, a combination of 1.9GHz quad-core processor with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. So, the tablet definitely won’t disappoint. Those obsess with multitasking can rely on its multitasking features that allow you to easily open two apps side by side. You can now check your contacts or flip through your photos while reading an email or browsing online.
Most important, you can easily expand your tablet’s memory with a micro SD slot for up to 128 GB!
So which is it?
We know it’s hard to choose between two good tablets, so how about we give you the price? You can own the iPad Mini 4 for $499 (without cellular connectivity), you can find discounted price for the Galaxy Tab S2 at only $390. Take your pick.