iPad mini 2 and Galaxy Note 8 will compete head-on once both small tablets are out in the market. Apple and Samsung are keeping things interesting in the tech and gadgets scene. And it is good news because both Android and iOS users are getting better devices or options each time. It can be very confusing, though. When the other device is out, those who couldn't wait any longer will have to decide.
Should users keep waiting for the iPad mini 2 now that Galaxy Note 8 will soon hit the stores? The choice is easy if you want all things Android. But if you have a couple or at least one other iOS device, you'd probably want the small iPad for easier device communication.
iPad Mini 2 vs Galaxy Note 8: 5 Factors to Consider Before Making a Shopping Choice
Here are 5 reasons you could consider before making any shopping decision. You probably don't want to go through selling newly bought items just because a choice was made way too soon.
1. Through iPad mini 2 vs Galaxy Note 8 comparison. For now, you can only compare the first generation iPad mini against the Note 8. You get a vague idea of which will be the better choice, but you might get a nagging feeling about the unknown iPad mini 2 specs.
2. External storage. Apple is not likely to offer external storage for the next iPad mini. Perhaps it never will. But Samsung has given its Galaxy Note 8 a micro SD card slot for up to 64 GB of storage expansion. This alone could seal the deal for some gadget shoppers.
3. Power-driven specs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 operates on the Exynos 4 chipset, with a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, the Mali 400 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. The iPad mini could not compete with this brainpower. Then again, not all small tablet users need these types of specs. If you're not into small tablet games or power-hungry apps, the iPad mini actually works fine as it is.
4. Weight and strain factor. Many full-sized tablet users switched to iPad mini for its lightweight build. You'd probably want to find out if the iPad mini 2 would maintain its slim figure before making a decision. The Wi-Fi only variant of iPad mini weighs 308 g. The 3G variant weighs 312 g. Galaxy Note 8 weighs 335 g. The weight difference may be small, but over time one will cause wrist strain faster than the other.
5. Screen display. The Note 8 features an 8-inch screen (1280 x 800 pixels) at 189 pixels per inch. The iPad mini screen measures 7.9-inch (1024 x 768) at 163 ppi in pixel density. Some tablet and smartphone shoppers decide on this factor alone. They want eye-candy, easy to enjoy visuals. What about you?
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