Apple iPad Mini The iPad Mini's ultrathin and light design is far more intimate and booklike than the larger iPad, and its cameras, storage capacities, optional LTE antenna, and general functionality offer a full iPad experience. The screen's dimensions elegantly display larger-format magazines and apps.
Another similarity with the iPad 2 is the processor. The A5 chip is getting a bit old, but our benchmark results show it can still rub shoulders with the current crop of 7in tablets. Importantly - and this is something benchmarks often fail to reflect - the iPad mini feels snappy in use, whether loading apps, scrolling around maps or browsing the web.
In terms of battery life, we found the mini didn't quite live up to Apple's 10-hour claim. Running our usual video-looping test, we recorded just 7 hours and 21 minutes with Wi-Fi turned on. That was at maximum screen brightness, however, so at a lower brightness, you might just reach 10 hours.
But, The iPad Mini costs too much, especially considering the lower resolution of its 7.9-inch non-Retina Display. The A5 processor isn't as robust as the one in the fourth-gen iPad and iPhone 5. Typing on the smaller screen is not quite as comfy.
The bottom line: If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money. Specifications
Display type7.9 inTFT active matrix - LED backlight - Yes
Wireless connectivityBluetooth 4.0
Dimensions (WxDxH)5.3 in x 0.28 in x 7.87 in
Weight0.68 lbs Price;$329.00 VS Samsung Galaxy Note 8 The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is comfortable to hold and has the best-looking small tablet screen yet.In the hand, the Galaxy Note 8.0 feels like a nice tablet, although it's a strange size – neither small and pocketable nor definitively large enough to give easy tablet-size screen viewing. Hidden away in one corner is Samsung's S Pen stylus.
Writing with the S Pen feels natural and is preferred over typing on a tablet screen. Storage can be expanded via microSD, and the Watch On feature has potential as a universal remote/video content hub.The larger screen has a considerable impact on battery life – the Galaxy Note 8 lasted a little under seven and a half hours in our video playback test. That's some three hours less than the Nexus 7 and it certainly can't compare to the iPad Mini, which managed an incredible eleven and a half hours in the same test.
But, The $399 price is a lot for a small tablet, no matter its features. It's not as thin or as light as the iPad Mini, and some people won't appreciate the highly saturated look of the OS. Also, its face buttons sometimes get in the way and there are occasional performance hangs.
The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a stunning tablet with a truly useful stylus, but it's not worth $400 unless you're an artist or prefer pen input. Specifications
Display type8 in
OSAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Wireless connectivityBluetooth 4.0Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Weight0.74 lbs Price;$399.00 VS Google Nexus 7 The Google Nexus 7 was, for a long time, the ultimate compact tablet. With an attractive price, great build and speedy software updates direct from Google, it was the pure Android experience many craved so dearly.The Nexus 7 features a sharp screen, a comfortable design, and great battery life at a low starting price.It’s slicker, faster and sleeker than any other 7-inch tablet on the market right now, and only the rear facing camera really lets it down.The battery life is really impressive, and the sheer diversity on offer, be it through the uprated CPU, screen, or GPU, mean that we struggled to put it down at times. Android 4.2 adds some welcome and useful features.
But, Android still needs more tablet-optimized apps, newer games have frame rate issues, and HSPA+ speeds seem particularly location-dependent.
The bottom line: With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer. Specifications
Display type7 inTFT active matrix - LED backlight
OSAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Processor1300 MHzNVIDIA Tegra 3
Dimensions (WxDxH)7.8 in x 0.4 in x 4.7 in
Weight12 oz Price;$199.00 to $228.19