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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPad mini 2: specs, features and price

An interesting comparison between one of the popular smartphone in the market, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the popular iPad mini 2 for tablet fans. Check out the comparison based on specs and features between a smartphone and tablets with different operating systems.samsung-galaxy-note-4-review

The reason we compare the features and specifications of both different devices is the similarity of its sizes – a phablet and a tablet. So, if you are in dilemma of buying a phablet or tablet, then this post might help you.


The Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with 1440×2560 resolution along with a 515 ppi while Apple iPad mini 2 features a 7.9-inch 1536×2048 display with 324 ppi and oleophobic coating for protection. The Note 4 comes with a higher ppi as users are likely to hold thier smartphones closer though iPad mini 2 offers a crisp display with the impressive resolution.


The Galaxy Note 4 has a 16Mp rear camera and 3.7MP secondary camera and easily beats the camera of mini 2 which has a lesser 5MP primary camera and 1.2MP secondary camera. Apple has chosen to equip the tablet with a low-end camera as they might not be used for photography, unlike the Note 4 which provides easy access to camera.

Hardware and software:

The Galaxy Note 4 is powered by a 2.7 quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB or RAM while mini 2 features a dual-core 1.3 GHz A7 processor. The Note 4comes with 32GB internal memory and can be expanded upto 128GB via MicroSD card while the Mini 2 comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants without MicroSD slot. Both the devices can be upgraded to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop and iOS 8.1.1 respectively.

Build and Battery:

The Note 4 offers a premium build with metal border and less plastic design and the Mini 2 retains the quality aluminum build. The Mini 2 is obviously heavier with 331 grams while the Note 4 weighs 176 grams. The iPad Mini 2 features a massive Li-Po 6470 mAh battery that provides an impressive battery life (Apple claims 10 hours) for the tablet and Note 4 offers 3220 mAh Li-ion removable battery.


The Note 4 supports 3G and 4G networks with LTE support while Apple iPad mini 2 comes in a Wi-Fi with 3G support model and another Wi-Fi only model. The Note 4 includes a faster Bluetooth 4.1 and includes NFC and the mini 2 features Bluetooth 4.0 and lacks NFC.


The Note 4 is priced at $750 off-contract price while Apple iPad mini 2 is priced at $310. Apple iPad mini 2 is still being recommended by users as the latest mini 3 features the same specifications with a Touch ID feature.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 includes an S-pen stylus that has caught the fancy of users and has been reported to become hot while gaming and heavy use. Apple iPad mini 2 aimed at users who prefer a smaller tablet with iOS, remains popular for gaming and apps though the low-end camera is the a backdrop.

Which one would you choose, the Galaxy Note 4 with Android OS or mini 2 with iOS?

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