Recent market research claims that tablets running on Google's Android operating system account for over 40% of the total tablets shipped to consumers. As a result, the Android market share has increased from 29.1% market share in Q3 2011 to 41.3% in the same period this year.
At the same time, when it comes to the market share of Apple iPad in the same time period, it has fallen from 64.5% to 56.7% despite of shipping 26% more tablets.
The Android tablet market share has witnessed constant increase as the segment has witnessed several launches including Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire and a slew of other products by different manufacturers.
Consequently, Apple has also come up with its miniature tablet to compete with the small tablets - iPad Mini with a 7.85 inch display, thereby opening a new category in the tablet segment.
On Friday, iPad Mini has entered the Indian tablet market at a starting price of Rs 21,900 in order to pose a threat to the Samsung offering, which is priced slightly lesser.
Hence, Gizbot has come up with a spec comparison on iPad Mini and Galaxy Tab 2 P3100. Have a look at they both stack up against each other.
Dimensions and Weight: iPad Mini carries a dimension of 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm and weighs in at 308 grams, whereas, Galaxy Tab 2 measures 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm in dimension and weighs around 341 grams.
Display: When it comes to display, iPad Mini sports a 7.9 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution and Galaxy Tab 2 houses a smaller 7 inch PLS display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixel resolution.
Processor: In this segment, iPad Mini is equipped with a 1GHz dual core Apple A5 processor, whereas, Galaxy Tab 2 has a 1GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor.
Operating System: In this segment, both the tablets fight with against each other as iPad Mini is based on the iOS 6 and Galaxy Tab 2 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Moreover, Galaxy Tab 2 has received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade for the Wi-Fi variant.
When it comes to features, iOS 6 has over 200 new features including Apple Maps, improved Siri, new Safari app, iCloud cloud storage, new Photostream app, PassBook app, deeper integration to Twitter and Facebook and more.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes with the platform is packed with a plethora of new features including Project Butter, which offers faster, smoother and responsive performance, on-screen navigation buttons, expandable and contractible Android notifications, resizable App Widgets functionality, high resolution contact photos, Android Beam app and more.
Camera: In terms of camera, iPad Mini has a 5MP rear camera with iSight technology and a 1.2MP front camera for video calling and Galaxy Tab 2 has a 3MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.
Storage: On the storage front, iPad Mini comes in three variants - 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage and 512MB RAM. When it comes to Galaxy Tab 2, the tablet has 8GB/16GB internal memory, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card for additional memory up to 32GB.
Connectivity: Speaking of data connectivity, iPad Mini comes with a Lightning port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, whereas, Galaxy Tab 2 has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0 and micro USB 2.0.
Battery: iPad Mini is loaded with a 16.3 Whr Li-Po battery, which offers 10 hours backup and Galaxy Tab 2 has a 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery delivering 20 hours talk time and 800 hours standby.
Price: On the pricing front, iPad Mini has been launched in India for Rs 21,900 and Rs 29,900 for 16GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular, Rs 27,900 and Rs 35,900 for 32GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular and Rs 33,900 and Rs 41,900 for 64GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular models respectively.
On the other hand, Galaxy Tab 2 is priced at Rs 19,700 for the base model.
Both iPad Mini and Galaxy Tab 2 offer impressive specs and come at reasonable price points. However, based on different operating systems, both the tablets offer distinguished user experience.
If the concern is on a larger display, better camera performance with iSight technology and advanced connectivity features with the Lighting connector, iPad Mini could be the right option.
However, if the concern is on voice calling support, relatively lesser price tag and expandable storage options, Galaxy Tab 2 is a better choice.