Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs Apple iPad mini 

Released December, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.1
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
7.6 Out of 10
The 8.9-inch size just makes the screen even clearer, because the screen is smaller and packs in more pixels.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
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Released November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
8.2 Out of 10
In practice this seems to have worked, as the battery life is pretty darn good.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 8.9 vs iPad mini

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPad mini 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad mini  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab 8.9 vs iPad mini

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy Tab 8.9
2,160 ms
iPad mini
1,426 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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Supported card formats microSD, microSDHC vs None Supports supported card formats
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 3.1) vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7.8" Around 15% bigger screen
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 3.1) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
Side view of Apple iPad mini

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Much faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 2,160 ms Around 35% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 9 hour More than 40% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
Lighter 308 g vs 447 g More than 30% lighter
Higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 3.15 MP Around 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 8.6 mm More than 15% thinner
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Dec, 2011 Release date 10 months later
Smaller 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm vs 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm Around 40% smaller

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs iPad mini 

7.0
8.3
The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad mini

9.0
7.5
It's worth noting that the clear screen and accurate touchscreen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 make the interface pop on the screen - it's easy to control this tablet and the bright screen makes the UI more engaging.
Galaxy Tab 8.9

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
iPad mini 
Size 8.9" 7.8"
Technology PLS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 169 ppi 163 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope No Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
iPad mini 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
microSDHC
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.92 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 3.15 MP 5 MP

ports

USB support USB 2.0 None
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 447 g 308 g
Size 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 7.2 mm
Battery life 9 hour 12.75 hour
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