By Taylor Martin | April 17, 2013 7:00 AM
Apple has largely dominated the tablet space since the launch of the original iPad. But more competitive pricing, faster evolution, better specifications and improving software have turned Android tablets into true competitors. And Android OEMs are finally making a dent in Apple’s major tablet market share lead.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 is the latest Android tablet to hit the market, competing directly with the iPad mini. Spec-wise, the Note 8.0 has a clear advantage. It has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB built-in storage with a microSD card slot, 5-megapixel camera and a 4,600mAh battery. The iPad mini’s specifications aren’t nearly as impressive. It has a 1GHz dual-core A5 chipset, 512MB RAM, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB fixed storage, a 5-megapixel camera and a 16.3Wh battery. And neither tablet has a terribly impressive display. The Galaxy Note II has an 8-inch WXGA display, while the iPad mini has 7.9-inch 1,024 by 768 display.
It comes down to performance, software and the two tricks the Note 8.0 have up its sleeve: the S Pen and true multitasking. But which is the best tablet? Check out the video below to find out!