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Galaxy Tab S vs iPad Mini 2 specs comparison

We compare Samsung's pint-sized Android tablet with its biggest rival
Tue Jun 24 2014, 11:24

APPLE AND SAMSUNG have been competing in the tablet market for some time, but despite Samsung's best efforts, the iPad remains the most popular tablet today.

Undaunted by Apple's past successes, Samsung has returned to the battleground in 2014, unveiling one of its highest-specification tiny tablets ever, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4.

Featuring an ultra-thin design and wealth of top-end hardware and software, the Galaxy Tab S has caught the eyes of many buyers, including us. But, to make good on its promise, the Galaxy Tab S will first have to overcome its key rival, the iPad Mini 2, which has become a benchmark in many buyers' eyes.

Dimensions
Galaxy Tab S: 213x126x6.6mm, 294g (WiFi)
iPad Mini 2: 200x135x7.5mm, 331g (WiFi)

In a move many have taken to be a clear swipe at Apple, Samsung designed the Galaxy Tab S to be as thin and light as possible. As a result the Galaxy Tab S is both thinner and lighter than the iPad Mini 2.Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4in

The Galaxy Tab S also has a radically different design to the all-metal iPad Mini 2, featuring aluminium sides and a perforated polycarbonate back. So despite being lighter and thinner, the Galaxy Tab S may not be as sturdy as the purely metal iPad.

Display
Galaxy Tab S: 8.4in 2560x1600, 359ppi Super Amoled
iPad Mini 2: 7.9in 2048x1536, 326ppi Retina display

Apple has always touted its Retina display technology is the best currently available. Traditionally, at least in the tablet market, there has been some truth to this claim and the iPads' Retina displays have always been superior to the screens on Android devices.

Samsung has worked to fix this on the Galaxy Tab S, loading it with its own Super Amoled screen technology. Super Amoled technology works to let screens display deeper and richer blacks by electrically charging each individual pixel to generate colours, meaning it can create blacks simply by turning off the relevant pixels.

Software
Galaxy Tab S: Android 4.4 KitKat
iPad Mini 2: iOS 7

The Galaxy Tab S comes loaded with a customised version of Google's Android operating system (OS). In the past we've found Samsung's changes have sometimes been to the detriment of the OS and have made devices significantly less user-friendly than their iOS competitors. Hopefully this won't prove true with the Galaxy Tab S.

Next: Processor, camera, storage, battery and price. 

 

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