iPad Mini vs. Google Nexus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Are you looking forward to buy a 7 or 8 inch tablet? The Apple iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 are at the top, in this series. Still confused, which one to choose? Don’t worry, just go through the article to compare the specs and take your pick.


Galaxy Note 8 has the classic design of the Note series with round edges and a plastic back lid. The Nexus 7 has an elegant design and a textured back for a better grip whereas iPad Mini looks the best with a premium body and solid construction.

Also, iPad Mini is the thinnest and lightest among all and Note 8 is about 2.5 mm thinner than Nexus 7. But still, Nexus 7 is most portable while the iPad Mini comes second on the list.


Galaxy Note 8 boasts an 8 inch display with 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. Nexus has 7 inch screen with 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution while iPad Mini comes with a 7.9 inch display and a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels.

Note 8 has the biggest screen of 8 inch screen, still it has the same 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution as the Nexus 7. So Note 8 loses the pixel density war with 189 to 216 ppi, as the Google tablet is only 7 inches. iPad Mini is the worst of the three with just 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution and 162 ppi pixel density.

Again iPad Mini and Nexsus 7 come with IPS displays which provide better colors and better viewing angles than the TFT panel of Note 8. So finally, Nexus 7 is the winner in display.


Note 8 sports an Exynos 4 Quad chipset along with 1.6GHz quad-core processor and Mali 400 MP GPU. The 2GB RAM makes the tab very fast. Nexus 7 has a quad core 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset with dual-core 1 GHz A5 processor and 1GB RAM whereas iPad Mini has just 512 MB RAM and dual-core 1 GHz A5 processor. Clearly, Note 8 wins the hardware battle.


iPad Mini comes with iOS 6.1 while Nexus 7 has Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. While the Nexus is upgradable to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the Note 8 already runs on the upgraded version. With the iPad Mini, you will get optimized apps for the S pen stylus which allow drawing and editing photos in Photoshop Touch. It also has handwriting support.

Moreover, Note 8 comes with Samsung TouchWiz UI which includes some popular features like Pop up Play, Smart Stay, or a 1 year subscription for Awesome Note. Also, the Note 8 can be used as a remote control using the Smart Remote app.

Storage and Connectivity:

Note 8 and Nexus 7 come with 16 GB and 32 GB variants while the iPad Mini has 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB internal storage options. Unfortunately, iPad Mini and Nexus 7 do not have SD card slots. Note 8 and iPad Mini offer WiFi, 3G and 4G while Nexus 7 does not offer 4G support.

Undoubtedly, the Note 8 is a powerful and attractive device with better technical specifications. Additionally, the Apple and Google tabs stand strong in the competition. So just go for the one that better suits your expectations and requirements.

written by for Mobile Development section(s).