Samsung Electronics is making its Galaxy Tablet line up stronger with new players into the segment. This time the target is the Apple iPad's Mini. This is Samsung's foray into the relatively untapped 8 inch form factor. On the paper, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a stronger competitor since it supports S-Pen, a stylus that has more uses than merely being something to write with.
Samsung on Sunday in Barcelona announced the latest competitor to the Apple iPad Mini which has a slightly and insignificantly bigger screen. It is expected to go on sale starting April or June but the price was not revealed.
Samsung now has a full range of electronics with the touch screen. Phones with 3” to 4.7”, phablets upto 5.5”, 7” tabs, 8” tabs, and 10.1” tab give a wide array of choices to the public now at different price points to suit every pocket.
A quick comparision: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad Mini
With a screen of 1280×800 pixels which comes to 189 pixels per inch (ppi) it easily beats the just mediocre screen of iPad Mini which has 163 ppi. They are almost on par with the camera with 5MP rear. While Samsung has a 1.3 MP on the front, Apple has 1.2 MP and I don't see how you will be bothered by it. A better camera quality may be seen in Apple than in Samsung though.
Biggest deal winner for Samsung is the S-Pen while the iPad has none. The utilities with 3rd party apps for S-Pen are beyond what you can do on the iPad line of Tablets. Note 8.0 can make calls, have additional memory upto 64GB apart from the inbuilt 16 or 32 GB memory. Apple wins on the 4G LTE front but Indian users shouldn't have much problem with that since we have no 4G in most places. Battery life might not wary greatly.
With Android's flexibility and the growing number of Apps, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, if priced aggressively against the iPad Mini, it would be a wiser choice to make rather than becoming one of the fanboys.