Apple iPad mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, the better tablet

By Chris Cook - Mar 7, 2013

When taking in consideration the number of top quality tablets on the market, two instantly spring to mind. Those are the Apple iPad mini, the latest offering from the Cupertino, California company and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. In large part due to these two devices, smaller seven inch tablets have been overtaking the market as they are more easy to tote around and offer just as many features as their larger counterparts. With that being said, if you are interested in buying a new tablet and cannot choose between the Apple iPad mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, it is worth exploring the variety of features they have to offer.


Storage – The Apple iPad mini has many of the same features as the larger iPad generations. Released in November 2012, it is available with internal storage choices of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and includes 512MB of RAM. There is no support for microSD expansion, which means all content saved to the device will have to be monitored so as to not run out of space. The Samsung Galaxy Tab, on the other hand, is also available with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage but does include a microSD slot that supports cards of up to 64GB, allowing for a great deal of content saved on the tablet. If additional expansion is very important to you, the Galaxy Tab is probably a better fit.

Screen – The screens of each tablet are similar size wise and in terms of screen resolution. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 has a seven inch screen with a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, while the iPad mini boasts a screen measuring 7.9 inches and 1024 by 768 pixels. To that end, Apple’s new iPad mini tablet has the edge.

Operating System – This could certainly be a deciding factor when you are choosing a tablet computer. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android powered device that was originally equipped with the 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system but is upgradable to 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Apple’s iPad mini is included with the latest version of the American tech giant’s mobile operating system, iOS 6. Android is very much known for its customization, and the Galaxy Tab includes the standard Samsung TouchWiz user interface. The iPad does not offer the same user experience but is sleek and easy to use.

Data Speeds – The Apple iPad mini is a 4G LTE capable device and actually sells two versions – one that connects to your cellular data plan and one that is strictly Wi-Fi. Data speeds on the former are extremely fast, which means you can stream content and browse the Internet to your heart’s desire, wherever you are. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0, on the other hand, can also connect to both data and Wi-Fi, but when on the former only delivers 3G network speeds. With that being said, if you require 4G LTE connection speeds, the iPad mini should be your choice.

Camera and Processor – If the camera of your tablet is of great importance, your money would be better spent on the iPad mini, which has a 5 megapixel shooter. The Galaxy Tab only sports a 3.15 megapixel camera. Both tablets have dual-core processors.

What tablet would you choose from these two: iPad mini vs. Galaxy Tab 2? Thanks to Andy G from

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  • Angu Ransom

    Nice post. but i am kind of addicted to Samsung products. will always go for a Samsung

  • Guest

    I have a 1st gen iPad and I can guarantee it is my first and last iPad. I have had issues with it crashing since I iOS 5. If you enjoy surfing the web Apple does not play well with flash sites. I have lately been trying to decide what gets booted from my iPad as I have run out of storage. I will be picking up my Galaxy tomorrow.

  • jack

    The best 7″ tablet is literally the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Bar none.

    Better display, better processor, better memory, better camera, better storage, better build quality, etc than the iPad mini, Nexus 7, or the Tab 2.

    The 7.7 is a true high end device, while the mini and nexus are mid range. although if price is a concern, then the nexus is the best budget device. it’s unfortunate the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is hard to find.

  • Jeremy Smith

    You have to consider that the resolution of either device isn’t stellar, but good enough. The Tab 2 has a resolution of 170 pixels per inch while the Mini has 162 ppi. Compare either to the Nexus 7’s 216 ppi and the difference is striking.

    Also, the iPad Mini is hugely more expensive, and if you want cellular data, more than double the price.