Samsung recently updated its tablet line-up with new devices across all sizes. The new tablets are being called Galaxy Tab4 and are available in 7, 8 and 10.1 inch variants. While the previous generation devices have been impressive, an upgrade was due as they have been around for a while and the hardware was dated now. The Galaxy Tab4 8.0 is the 8 inch variant of the popular tablet series.
On the other hand, iPad has always been the king of tablet business. They entered the market with 10 inch tablet that was the original iPad but later came up with the scaled down version called the iPad mini. Now the iPad mini retina display or iPad mini 2 as some might call is here and it is quite a good alternative to the Galaxy Tab4 8.0 or any other tablet in the category. We see how good this iPad is and how does the Samsung Tab4 8.0 hold against it.
The Samsung tablet has got the familiar design that we have seen on previous models and on other tablets of this series. It is a simple rectangular design with rounded edges. There is a physical home key below the display when you hold it in portrait and it is accompanied by two capacitive keys. Overall the design looks good and the device is comfortable to hold. It is quite slim at just 8 mm and weighs as much as the rivals at 320 Gms.
On the other hand, the iPad features one of the best build qualities in this segment. It has also got the family design which includes a wide rectangular profile with a physical home key right below the display. It feels more solidly built as compared to the Samsung tablet. It is slimmer than the Samsung tablet by 0.5 mm but the weight is 331 Gms against 320 Gms of Samsung. It has got a wide-ish design due to the different display aspect ratio and thus despite having the same display size as Samsung, it is shorter but wider than the Samsung.
The Samsung Tab 4 8.0 has got an 8 inch display which has a resolution of 800 x 1280. While the display is crisp as compared to its 10.1 inch variant, it isn’t very impressive. On the 8 inch display, it gives you a pixel density of just 189 pixels per inch. Small texts look hazy on the display but otherwise you can live with it. The colour replication isn’t very good and the colours are a bit dull. The contrast ratios aren’t very good either.
Against this, the iPad has got a very impressive display. It has a resolution of 1536 x 2048 on a 7.9 inch display. The Samsung has got a 16:10 aspect ratio which is good if you use your tablet to watch a lot of movies and videos. A lot of space would be wasted on the iPad on top and bottom when you play videos. The display is very crisp though. You get excellent colour saturation and contrast ratios are much better than the Samsung as well. You get pixel density of 324 ppi and if you can live with 4:3 display.
Both the devices run decently powerful hardware. The Samsung has gone for a quad core processor upgrading from dual core on the previous version. It now runs a Qualcomm processor with the processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. The iPad has got a dual core processor based on ARM v8 clocked at 1.3 Ghz. Graphics are handled by a PowerVR GPU. Samsung has got more RAM at 1.5 GB against 1 GB on the iPad. Though iOS isn’t as resource intensive as android so lower number of cores or less RAM doesn’t mean that it is a slouch. You get 16 GB of storage on the Samsung Tab4 and also the option to add micro SD card up to 64 GB. On the iPad, you don’t get to add external memory but you can choose among multiple storage options that include 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB.
You get almost similar connectivity options on both these tablets. They offer you Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB 2.0. Both the tablets offer you almost similar claimed battery life making them even here.
The Samsung has got a 3.15 megapixel primary camera which is disappointing. It is a fixed focus camera without a flash. What you get from this camera is blurred photos and lot of noise. In bright light, you get some decent shots but that is it. It doesn’t get any better than this. It can record videos in semi HD.
The camera on iPad is quite good with 5 megapixel image resolution. It comes with features like autofocus and HDR photography. The image quality is pretty good and it can record full HD videos at 30 fps. The front camera has almost the same resolution as Samsung but the quality is a bit better.
Samsung Tab4 8.0 comes with android 4.4.2 with TouchWiz UI on top of it. The interface is smooth but a bit slow. They have added a lot of software features over the stock android. The apple comes with iOS 7 and will soon be updated to iOS 8 once it is available to public. The choice of operating system is ones personal taste though we prefer android over iOS. Although iOS 8 is coming soon and from the developer versions, it seems to be quite an impressive one.
Well it is quite simple to make a deduction here. If you are a fan of android and need a low cost (relatively) solution with expandable memory, pick the Tab4 8.0. But if you need a superb display with nice built quality and the Apple tag (makes a difference to some people), you can go for the iPad mini at a slight premium. We vote for the iPad mini here but it is worth noting that prices vary largely with storage and the one that would suffice your needs might have a price tag way beyond your budget.
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