Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 vs Note 8, Tablet Shopping: Both Android, Same Manufacturer; Which One For You? [PHOTOS]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 or Galaxy Note 8? These Android devices from the Korean tech giant are usually among the choices of current small tablet shoppers. Aside from the big difference in price tags, what other factors should you consider if choosing between the two tabs?

In Australian mobile store Mobicity, the basic Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 costs $239.95. This 7-inch tablet first shipped in April last year with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Updates have since been made and users have been able to upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Samsung Tab 2 was immediately favoured over Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet. It has 1GB of RAM on board powered by the dual-core Cortex A9 processor. It sports a 1024×600 resolution and comes in 8/16/32GB storage variants. Connectivity choices include: WiFi only, WiFi with an IR Blaster, and 3G & WiFi.

The screen responds well to the user's touch, and browsing/navigation is smooth. Galaxy Tab 2 allows microSD storage expansion of up to 32GB. This is one of the reasons shoppers choose it over the Google Nexus 7, another relatively cheap small Android tablet.

The Galaxy Note 8 32GB WiFi only variant costs $389.95 on Mobicity. The device is also available in 3G and 4G LTE variants. One of its prized features is the accompanying Samsung S Pen, which is popularized by the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet. Its storage is expandable to up to 64GB (microSD). It has a 5MP rear camera, and it is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, Cortex-A9. Its battery power (Li-Ion 4600 mAh) is only slightly better than the Tab 2's Li-ion 4,000 mAh.

The Galaxy Note 8 has better specs in general, but its screen display is just as good as the Tab 2. There's no revolutionary experience in this area. For additional $150, those who'd choose the Note 8 over Tab 2 will get a better processor, some extra battery juice, bigger allowable storage expansion, and the S-Pen.

If you need a small tablet mostly for browsing and ebook reading, it is indeed more practical go go with the Tab 2. If you like faster processing of multi tasks, you might want to give the Note 8 a chance. Further, those looking forward to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie are far more likely to run it on a Note 8 than a Tab 2.

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