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Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 comparison review

Wi-Fi: £269 (16GB), £349 (32GB), £429 (64GB)

Manufacturer: Apple

Two of the biggest tablets on the market are the Google Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad mini, but Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Note 8.0. We compare these three contrasting tablets in our Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 tablet comparison review.

Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Two of the biggest tablets on the market are the Google Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad mini, but Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Note 8.0. We compare these three contrasting tablets in our Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 tablet comparison review. See also: new Nexus 7 (2013) review: the best Android tablet.

There's plenty to talk about with these three very different tablets so we've split this article up into various sections so you can concentrate on the areas which are important to you.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the most recent of the tablets here and we're expecting new versions of the Nexus 7 and iPad mini this year, so bear this in mind.

See also: Apple iPad mini review.

See also: is the Nexus 7 a good deal?

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Price

Price will no doubt play a big part in deciding between these tablets. The Nexus 7 remains the cheapest of the three at just £159 - it's quite simply a bargain. The iPad mini is next starting at £269 for the equivalent model and has more models on offer plus different colours. See also Group test: what's the best cheap tablet PC?

Samsung has recently put the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 on sale in the UK. At the time of writing it's just the 16GB Wi-Fi model which is available for a more pricey £339. We'll update you on the other models as and when we get information.

It's worth noting that the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the only one of the three which allows phone calls and text messages with the model with a SIM-card slot - making it a phablet. The iPad mini and Nexus 7 only allow data.

Check out the tablet below for full pricing details:

Model

Apple iPad mini

Google Nexus 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

16GB Wi-Fi only

£269

£159

£339

32GB Wi-Fi only

£349

£199

TBC

64GB Wi-Fi only

£429

n/a

n/a

16GB Wi-Fi + cellular

£369

n/a

TBC

32GB Wi-Fi + cellular

£449

£239

TBC

64GB Wi-Fi + cellular

£529

n/a

n/a

Apple iPad Mini black slate

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Dimensions

As well as being the cheapest, the Nexus 7 is also the smallest tablet on offer here at 120 x 199mm.
 However, it is the thickest at 10.5mm. Apple's iPad mini is a little bigger at 135 x 200mm and thinner at 7.2mm. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is the biggest of the three at 136 x 211mm and 8mm thick.

In terms of weight, the iPad mini wins at 308g while the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 8.0 are tied at 340g for Wi-Fi only models. See also: what's the best Android tablet?

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Screen

You can pretty much guess from the dimensions, and the product names, that the Nexus 7 has the smallest screen at 7in. The iPad mini and Galaxy Note 8.0 have effectively the same screen size at 7.9in and 8in respectively.

The Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 8.0 both use a 1280 x 800 resolution and factoring in the screen size, the former has a higher pixel density at 216ppi compared to 189ppi. The Apple iPad mini has the lowest resolution and pixel density at 1024 x 768 and 163ppi.

Both the Nexus 7 and iPad mini offer an IPS display while the Galaxy Note 8.0 uses a TFT panel. Samsung's tablet is the only one of the tablets which comes with a stylus, in this case an S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 phablet

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Processor

Google's Nexus 7 is equipped with a 1.2GHz nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip along 1GB of RAM. The iPad Mini is equipped with Apple's A5 1GHz dual-core processor which was used in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. It has 512MB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has the most impressive core specifications with a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. We haven't benchmarked the Galaxy Note 8.0 yet but we expect it to outpace the Nexus 7 and iPad mini.

See the table below for our benchmark results:

Benchmark

Apple iPad mini

Google Nexus 7

GeekBench 2

752

1452

SunSpider (JavaScript)

1442ms

1682ms

GLBenchmark

24fps

14fps

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Storage

As usual, Apple offers the most amount of storage options with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB on offer. The Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 both have either 16GB or 32GB.

Samsung has a trump card up its sleeve here by adding in a microSD card slot which can take up to a further 64GB.

Google Nexus 7 tablet

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Cameras

We're not too bothered about cameras on tablets but if they're important to you here's the deal. The Nexus 7 is the most limited with just at 1.2Mp front facing camera, ok if you just want to make video calls.

The iPad mini and Galaxy Note 8.0 have similar camera specs. Each has a 5Mp rear facing camera and a 1.2Mp and 1.3Mp front facing camera respectively.

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Connectivity

As we mentioned earlier, the main difference in the connectivity stakes is that the Galaxy Note 8.0 can send and receive phone calls and text messages if you buy the model with a SIM slot. The Nexus 7 and iPad mini only offer a data connection.

All the tablets come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity. However, only the Nexus 7 comes with NFC. Apple's iPad mini uses a proprietary Lightning connector while the others use a common microUSB port.

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Software

Apple's iPad Mini will runs on its own iOS 6 operating system with Siri included. Meanwhile the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 8.0 both run Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 has stock Android but Samsung adds its own TouchWiz interface. Read out reviews of each operating system to find out more.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 battery life

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Battery

The Nexus 7 has a 16Wh battery promising 10 hours of battery life when browsing the web over Wi-Fi. The iPad Mini also offers 10 hours of battery life surfing the web over Wi-Fi thanks to its 16.3Wh battery. Samsung makes the biggest claim of 14 hours since the Galaxy Note 8.0 has a 17Wh battery built-in.

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Apple iPad mini Expert Verdict »
Apple iPad Mini WiFi 16GB Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 950 reviews
Apple A5 (ARM Cortex-A9, dual-core)
PowerVR SGX543MP2 (dual-core)
7.9in (1024 x 768) 163ppi IPS display
IOS 6.0
512MB memory
16, 32 or 64GB flash storage
802.11a/b/g/n with channel bonding
Bluetooth 4.0
5.0Mp rear camera
1.2Mp front camera
1920 x 1080 video capture
3.5mm headset jack
Lightning dock connector
16.3Wh, non-removable lithium polymer
200 x 134.8 x 7.4 mm
307g (67g SmartCover)

The Nexus 7 remains the best option for those on a budget - £159 is a steal. Apple's iPad mini is also a great device with a lot to like if you want to spend the extra money. While the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the most expensive (we await the cellular model price), you have to remember it's a phone and tablet in one device.

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