Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0  vs Apple iPad 2 

Released July, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

  • 8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.2
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8 Out of 10
Combine the high price, poor performance and below par build quality, and it's hard to find any reason to recommend this new Samsung Tab.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
Released March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
8 Out of 10
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 3 8.0 vs 2


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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 vs iPad 2

geekbench Processor and memory performance

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad 2
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
15.8 fps
iPad 2
14.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much better overall performance 737 vs 261 More than 2.8x better geekbench score
Faster graphics 4.1 fps vs 3.4 fps More than 20% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
Lighter 319 g vs 589 g More than 45% lighter
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 0.92 MP Around 5.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
More RAM 1.5 GB vs 0.5 GB 3x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1 GHz 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Sharper screen 188 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 45% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Smaller 123.8 x 209.8 x 7.4 mm vs 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm 2x smaller
Thinner 7.4 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 15% thinner
Higher resolution front camera 1.3 MP vs 0.3 MP More than 4.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
Front view of Apple iPad 2

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Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7.3 hour More than 35% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 8" More than 20% bigger screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Tab 3 8.0  vs
iPad 2 
Size 8" 9.7"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 188 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 319 g 589 g
Size 123.8 x 209.8 x 7.4 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 7.4 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 7.3 hour 10 hour


Galaxy Tab 3 8.0  vs
iPad 2 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1.5 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.3 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 0.92 MP


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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