A lot of folks in India and abroad usually stuck up on two leading brands, when it comes to decision over tablet purchase, that is, Apple and Samsung. Both the highly acclaimed tech titans and also rivals introduce killer devices against each others' product offerings day after another.
While, Samsung leaves no stone unturned to mark its presence in terms of market share, Apple on the other hand, puts all its efforts to sustain its fanbase against the South Korean contender.
The latest fight among the two has come face-to-face with two new product launches from both the manufacturers. On one end is iPad Mini - the recently launched smaller version of the 9.7 inch iPad -the Wi-Fi only 16GB version. On the other end is the freshly introduced Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 311, which is also Wi-Fi only.
When it comes to pricing, iPad Mini is available at Rs 21,900, Rs 26,900 and Rs 31,900 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants. Whereas, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 311 is available on the Samsung e-store for pre-order at a price of Rs 13,900.
Hence, those consumers who are looking forward to buy a small tablet and confused between the two choices, let's take a look at the the spec comparison of the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 311 and Apple iPad Mini.
Dimensions and Weight: Galaxy Tab 2 311 packs a dimension of 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weighs around 341 grams while iPad Mini boasts a dimension of 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm and weighs in at 308 grams.
Display: When it comes to display, Galaxy Tab 2 311 boasts a 7 inch PLS TFT touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. On the other hand, iPad Mini packs a 7.9 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, which is not a Retina Display.
Processor: In this segment, Galaxy Tab 2 311 is powered by a 1GHz dual core and iPad Mini has a 1GHz dual core Apple A5 processor.
Operating System: This is the most contradictory aspect of the comparison, as Galaxy Tab 2 311 is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and iPad Mini is based on iOS 6 platform.
Speaking of software features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS comes loaded with features including Project Butter, expandable and contractible Android notifications, Google Now and more.
On the other hand, 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.
Camera: When it comes to camera optics, iPad Mini scores more with a 5MP rear camera with iSight technology and a 1.2MP front camera for video calling.
On the other hand, Galaxy Tab 2 311 has a 3MP rear camera and 0.3MP VGA front camera for video calling.
Storage: In terms of storage, Galaxy Tab 2 311 comes with 16GB internal storage and 1GB RAM as compared to iPad Mini, which comes with 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage and 512MB RAM. Further, the Samsung offering has a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: On the connectivity front, Galaxy Tab 2 311 is packed with features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and micro SD card slot. On the other hand, iPad Mini comes with a Lightning port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features.
Battery: Galaxy Tab 2 311 is loaded with a 4,000 mAh battery, whereas, iPad Mini is packed with a 16.3 Whr Li-Po battery delivering up to 10 hours backup.
Price: On the pricing front, Galaxy Tab 2 311 is available for pre-order at Rs 13,900 while the iPad Mini is priced at Rs 21,900, Rs 26,900 and Rs 31,900 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants.
Talking about specifications, iPad Mini comes with a larger display real estate, better camera performance with iSight camera optics, increased storage options and advanced connectivity features including the new Lighting connector. Hence, it can smash the latest Samsung offering with such advanced specs.
At the same time, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 311 may not have high-end specs as iPad Mini, but comes at a lesser price tag, which will make it reasonable among the price conscious Indian consumer base. Further, it offers a micro SD card for expandable memory support as well.
Finally, the buying decision depends on the buyers as both are based on different operating systems and hence they will provide completely different user experience.