Recently Apple launches the iPad mini, Asus also comes up with the Google Nexus 7 in the Indian market and of course there is an all time competitor, Samsung also present in the arena with the Galaxy Tab 2 (P3100). Many of our readers requested us to compare all the three tablets, so on popular demand, we are going to do an in-depth comparison between the trio tablets. We have taken these three tablets because all the three come in almost same price-range, however, Apple iPad mini is not yet officially launched in several regions including India, but we are quite sure that the price of mini version iPad will also be in the same range. Without taking much time lets start the action!
Starting with the display, Apple uses an IPS LCD panel but the diagonal measurement is higher than the other two with 7.9-inch, the display gives out the resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels with 162ppi pixel density in the iPad mini. On the other hand, Asus also uses an IPS LCD panel of 7-inch which produces the resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels and give 216ppi pixel density in the Nexus 7. Samsung uses a PLS LCD panel with diagonal measurement of 7-inch which gives out 600 x 1024 pixels resolution with 170ppi pixel density in the Galaxy Tab 2. Well, taking technical specs aside, iPad mini has a larger display with about 0.9-inch diagonally but because of low resolution the pixel density decreased to 162ppi. Screen resolution is highest in the Nexus with 800 x 1280 pixels which also results a higher pixel density of 216ppi, which means images on the screen of the Nexus 7 will be clearer and smoother than on the other two. Here, one thing is also important to be notice, that Samsung uses a PLS LCD display which results more perfect viewing-angles and has about 10 percent more brightness than the ordinary IPS LCD panel, so images on the Galaxy Tab 2 will be more realistic and color reproduction will be more fine than the other two.
But if screen-size is the only thing which matters you than of course, Apple iPad mini is perfect with 7.9-inch display. So in terms of display the Nexus 7 has more technical advantages but the other two also have good display panels.
Display is a technical thing but design is a personal choice, of course measurement matters when comparing the things, so let’s start with the measurement first. Apple iPad mini measures 200mm of height with 134.7mm width and packs in an aluminium frame with 7.2mm thickness. Google Nexus 7 measures 198.5mm height with 120mm width and the tablet uses whole plastic construction with 10.5mm thickness. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has a height of 193.7mm with 122.4mm width and Samsung also uses whole plastic construction with 10.5mm thickness. Apple iPad mini is the slimmest among the three with 7.2mm thin body-line and construction-wise we are giving a thumbs up for the iPad mini because of aluminium construction where the other two packs in a plastic body. But of course, due to the larger display, the iPad mini has more height and width than the both. So if you want the slimmest among the three then pick the iPad mini but if you want the smallest among the three then go for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
Apple iPad mini comes with iOS 6 operating system whereas Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 come with Android operating system.
Well, the choice over operating system is just depends upon user’s own consideration because both the operating systems are well-known operating systems in these days and supports almost all the similar apps. But if the user has a Mac based desktop or already using an iPad then we suggest to pick the iPad mini otherwise choose Android platform.
Performance of any tablet depends upon all the aspects such as the chipset, processor and the RAM, take a look at all the basic performance aspects. Apple iPad mini is powered by Apple A5 chipset with a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor and PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, there is 512MB of RAM. Asus uses Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset with a quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU and there is 1GB of RAM. Samsung packs the Galaxy Tab 2 with TI OMAP 4430 chipset with a dual-core 1GHz processor, PowerVR SGX540 and there is 1GB of RAM. Among the three, the iPad mini has the lowest RAM storage with 512MB but considering the iOS 6, 512MB is enough for decent multi-tasking, however, user may notice some lag during heavy multi-tasking due to lesser RAM. Taking a view from processing power, the Nexus 7 wins a thumbs up with the quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz speed. Considering the graphics aspect, the Nexus 7 also comes up because it has Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset and uses ULP GeForce GPU which is perfect for high-definition graphics. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will give decent performance and multi-tasking capability is nice in the Tab 2. So, in terms of performance, Google Nexus 7 wins with higher speed quad-core processor and GPU.
Apple iPad mini has Wi-Fi with 802.11 a/b/g/n support, Bluetooth version 4.0 and USB 2.0 support. Apple will also going to launch a WiFi plus cellular version of the iPad mini but the present version does not comes with cellular network support. Google Nexus 7 has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC and a microUSB 2.0. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has GPRS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth version 3.0 and a USB 2.0 which also supports USB on the go. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has a major advantage than the two others, that the tablet comes with cellular network support as well. Cellular network support means SIM card can be placed in the tablet and the Galaxy Tab 2 also supports voice call over a network as well. So, considering the cellular network support and USB on the go feature, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 wins among the three in terms of connectivity.
Camera and Photography
Apple iPad mini has a 5MP camera on the rear along with a 1.2MP camera on the front. The rear camera also supports full HD (1080p) video recording at 30 frames per second, the front camera supports video recording at 30 frames per second with 720p resolution. Apple iPad mini front camera also supports video calling using FaceTime over a WiFi network. Google Nexus 7 has a 1.2MP camera on the front, the camera is also capable to record video at 30 FPS with up to 720p resolution. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has a 3.2MP camera on the rear which records video at 30FPS with up to 720p resolution. There is a front VGA camera as well present on the Galaxy Tab 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2 can make video calls over any 3G network using the front camera. So, for photography, Apple iPad mini wins with a 5MP camera on the rear and 1.2MP camera on the front. But if you want to make video calls over a 3G network then pick Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
Users in the market mainly demanding for such item which has a lower price with higher quality so considering the fact, take a look at the pricing of all the three tablets in the Indian market. Apple iPad mini is not yet officially arrived in India, however, some online retailers started selling the iPad mini with the price tag of Rs.25-56K ($456 approx.), we assume the price of iPad mini will be at Rs.22-23K. Google Nexus 7 recently reached in India with the price tag of Rs.19,999 ($364 approx.). Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 comes with the price tag about Rs.19K ($346 approx.). So, as far the pricing is concern, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 wins over the iPad mini and the Nexus 7.
Nothing is perfect in this world but people always try to find out the perfection, we are here to show the main sight of perfection among all the three tablets, Apple iPad mini, Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Starting with the Apple iPad mini, the mini version Cupertino tablet has perfect body design with slim aluminium frame of 7.2mm. The iPad mini also has perfect camera and great photographic capability between the trio. The iPad mini, even being mini version, has the largest display among all the three tablets. Moving towards the Nexus 7 manufactured by Asus, the tablet backed with Google which means it will taste new flavours of Android from time to time. The Nexus 7 has perfect display and feature lightning-fast performance by a quad-core processor. Last but not least, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is the smallest in size between the trio and the connectivity options present in the tablet makes it on the highest position among all the three tablets. Being the cheapest among the comparison, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is perfect for the budget-concious people.
So among the three, which tablet you are going to buy?