Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 vs iPad Mini 2 – Price and Specs Comparison

If you are planning to buy a new tablet and have zeroed down on the iPad Mini 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, you have a rather difficult choice ahead of you.

These devices show off some of the best technology existing in the market today. This makes your decision even tougher. Here are the two tablets compared, just to help you with your decision. The Tab 3 can be used to make voice calling, whereas the iPad Mini 2 does not have that feature.

Display and Design

In terms of size, the two tablets are almost similar, with the iPad Mini 2 slightly smaller than the Tab 3. The Tab 3 measures 209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4 mm while the Mini 2 measures 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm. Though it is smaller, the high quality metal body is slightly heavier than the plastic bodied Tab 3. The iPad Mini 2 weighs 331 g, while the Tab 3 weights 314 g. The screen size on Tab 3 is 8 inches. This capacitative touch screen has a smaller screen resolution than the 7.9-inch LED screen on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad has a backlit IPS capacitative touch screen that has a higher screen resolution of 1536X2048 pixels.


The Tab 3 comes with a 1.5 GigaHertz dual core processor powered by an Exynos 4212 chipset. The iPad Mini 2 has a 1.3 GigaHertz dual core cyclone processor and it is powered by the latest A7 chipset from Apple. The Tab 3 comes in two main variants – with internal memory of 16GB and 32 GB. Its memory can be expanded up to 64 GB as it has a Micro SD slot in it as well. It also comes with a non-removable Li-ion battery. The playback time for multimedia is about 11 hours on the Tab 3. The iPad Mini 2 has more variants, with 16, 32, 64 and even 128 GB. It has no additional slot for a Micro SD card and therefore the memory is not expandable. It comes with a 23.8 Wh Li-Po battery. The multimedia playback on the iPad Mini 2 lasts about 10 hours, which is less than Tab 3’s.

Operating System and Camera

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has the Jelly Bean version of the Android OS with 1.5 GB RAM. As opposed to this, the iPad Mini 2 has Apple’s latest iOS 7 that is user friendly. The operating system has 1 GB RAM. Both Tab3 and iPad Mini 2 have a 5 megapixel primary camera. However, the Tab 3 has a 1.3 MP secondary camera and the iPad Mini 2 has a 1.2 megapixel secondary camera. Though the difference is very little, the front camera shots on the Tab 3 are clearer and better on the Tab 3 as compared to the iPad Mini 2.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, the 16 GB variant, costs around $250 while the iPad Mini 2 is available for $529.

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