Comparison: Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs iPad Mini 2

Comparison: Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs iPad Mini 2

As mentioned during our first impression, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is slated to go up against the iPad Mini with Retina Display which is currently one of the best tablets in the sub-10-inch category. So how does Sammy’s new 8.4-inch slate stack up against the 2nd-Gen iPad Mini? Check out our comparison after the break.


Despite the slight difference in size and the type of screen used, both the iPad Mini 2 and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 delivers stunning display output courtesy of their respective pixel-packed screens. We’ve yet to place the two tablets side-by-side to see which has the better color reproduction, so we’ll put this one on GTS 8.4 W-column in the meantime based on its screen size and higher pixel density.


Although the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 clearly has an advantage over the iPad Mini 2 in terms of its internal configuration based on what is written on its specs sheet, there are a lot of factors to consider to definitively say that one is better than the other in terms of real-world use. What we can say though is that both slates are able to run graphics-heavy games, handle multi-tasking pretty well and offer impressive performance-to-power ratio.


Just like on the engine setup, the 2nd Gen iPad Mini lags behind the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 in terms of megapixel count both on the front and rear cameras. Numbers aside though, the images we got from the two tablets were pretty much at par with each other.


Both devices struggled in low-light situations, but takes pretty decent snaps in broad daylight. The two tablets can also record full-HD clips at 30 frames-per-second and the quality of the videos doesn’t differ much from the other.

Dimension, Weight and Battery

Interestingly enough, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 is actually thinner (6.6mm vs 7.5mm) and lighter (298 grams vs 341g) compared to the iPad Mini 2, despite having a beefier internals and larger display.

The added weight on the iPad Mini with Retina Display is probably attributed to its larger battery. Sadly, that doesn’t translate to longer battery life because we got better mileage from the GTS 8.4 (10 hours and 15 minutes) than the iPad Mini 2 (9 hours) when we performed our battery test.


With what we’ve seen with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, it definitely poses a great threat to the iPad Mini 2’s dominance in the sub-10-inch category. It’s got a great set of features which matches, and in some cases surpasses, that of Apple’s 7.9-inch slate.

However, it’s not the complete package as it still lags behind the iPad Mini with Retina Display in terms of the overall design and build quality. Nevertheless, we still think that the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has the right set of tools to steal some of the limelight away from its rival.

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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8 Responses

  1. quinz says:

    Sana nag galaxy tab s 8.4 na lang ako pinagsisihan ko tong Mini 2 huhu

  2. boybato says:

    for me, it’s nice to see these mega companies churn out new models in a blazing speed and the competition is getting fiercer. this is good for us, the consumers. we are given more options.

  3. lol says:

    samsung looks so pathetic and desperate… same with the android fanboys. LOL!!!

  4. jdGONEMAD says:

    last year pa released ang ipad mini 2. yang samsung eh bagong labas.

    ganda nga sana ng samsung, ang problema lang mas maganda mga apps sa ios.

    • Raphiduz says:

      You are right. Samsung can create a lot of “iPad killer tablets” with the so “UPGRADED SPECS”, but nothing can beat the GREAT APPS of Apple’s App Store. The collection of apps in App Store cannot be surpassed by Google Play store. The legit apps of App Store run smoothly for all apple devices.

  5. JP says:

    hmmm, sana may complete hans-on review na itong Galaxy S Tab 8.4, and knowing Samsung, minsan maganda specs sa papel sa actual use- minsan napalya. Btw, I use ipad and galaxy tab before so may point of comparison ako. I hope this time they will really deliver, kasi i’m really considering getting this over an ipad retina :)

  6. roiji says:

    price comparison??

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