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There is no denying the fact that Samsung is one of the best and most successful manufacturers in the smartphone market.
However, the company has struggled to duplicate that success in the tablet market where Apple is seen as the better option for several years now. Can the third generation of the Galaxy Tab make a difference? Let’s find out.
Design and Display
Samsung has made the third generation of the Galaxy Tab lighter and slimmer. Another difference is that the front of the tablet has narrowed down and even the edges have been minimized. The device is a little bit more elegant, with curvier design, but with less space, it can be tricky to place the palms above the display. The iPad Mini 2 on the other hand is sharper device, with flat screen and more space on the front. Color options for the Mini 2 include space gray/black and silver/white, while the Galaxy Tab 3 is available in garnet red, midnight black, gold brown and white color. Many people expected Samsung to boost the resolution in the third generation, but the company has decided to stick with the 800×1280 resolution. As a result, the 10.1 inch screen display delivers a measly 149ppi. Other dimensions are 243x176x8 weighting 510 grams. The iPad Mini 2 delivers much better screen display, with size set at 7.9 inches. The resolution of the LCD display is set at 1536×2048, which translates into 324ppi.
Hardware and Operating System
Compared to the smartphone market, Samsung’s devices usually host a more powerful processor, with more cores and more sheer power. Sadly, in the tablet market, the company is sticking to some less powerful options. Considering that the Android OS requires a lot power, and is heavy on the RAM, Samsungs Tab 3 doesn’t look like a device properly equipped to handle the pressure. The version found in the Tab 3 is 4.2, Jelly Bean. There is no word about the possible update to the 4.4 KitKat version. One of the strong sides is that the device has the famous IR Blaster, which can transform the device into a remote control.
The numbers speak for themselves; the Galaxy Tab 3 is powered by a dual core processor, clocked at 1.6GHz and with just 1GB of RAM memory. Those numbers are nearly identical to the numbers of the Mini 2, which runs on the iOS 7. But unlike the Android OS, the iOS doesn’t require much power, and is much simpler and minimalistic. The iPad Mini 2 is powered by an A7 chipset dual core processor, clocked at 1.3GHz and supported by 1GB of RAM memory. The same processor is found in several other Apple’s devices, namely the iPhone 5S/5C, and is considered one of the better products of the company. The internal storage is set to 16, 32GB for the Tab 3, while the Mini 2 comes in versions with 16,32, 64 and 128GB of built in memory.
Tablets are rarely used for taking great photos, but it doesn’t hurt when the device has a decent camera. Sadly for Samsung, that is not the case. The third generation of the Tab tablet comes with a 3.15-MP camera on the back, and a 1.3-MP sensor on the front. Apple’s device does offer a bit better camera, which is a 5-MP sensor on the back of the device.
The Tab 3 features a bigger battery, but due to the larger screen display, it lasts less. The device houses a 6800 mAh battery that can handle approximately 9 hours of multimedia. The iPad Mini 2, on the other hand, delivers 10 hours of multimedia thanks to its 6470 mAh battery.
The price of both devices is identical, and is set at $360. It is up to users to decide which device is more suited for them.