While we will soon have the hands on review of the latest Apple iPad Mini soon on the blog, we thought it will be of great help to showcase the exact (yet subtle) differences in specifications of Apple iPad Mini, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3100; that help you decide on which tablet to settle down next. So lets the specs war begin.

When you first hold the three contenders in hand you immediately realize that iPad mini is true to its name and is the lightest of the lot. At 308 gm iPad is as slick as it can be. While Samsung tab is 345 gm and Kindle HD is a pint more at 395 gm. This is impressive given the fact that iPad mini has 7.9 inch display when compared to the other two who have a 7 inch screen size. The resolution war however gets snatched by Amazon Kindle HD with 800 x 1280 pixels, Samsung loses the war with just 600 pixels width. When watching that favorite HD video every pixel counts, right?

Apple iPad Mini

While all the three contenders have 16 million color display the Apple iPad and Amazon pack IPS technology for a clear view of images and those lovely movies to catch on the go. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has a PLS LCD display. For sound each has a 3.5 mm jack (now come on you knew that even before asking!) The Oleophobic coating continues to shine for the iPad Mini too. Finally talk about display and you can’t miss the GPU. While Kindle Fire HD and Galaxy Tab 2 has PowerVR SGX540 GPU power, iPad Mini pushes the envelop here by offering by PowerVR SGX543. We doubt whether this minor difference will make a good impact but would rather wait for the gadget to arrive as the base OS too is different compared to the other two.

While everyone considers tablet for different needs, Samsung knows that there is a market which clearly wants to use the tablet even for calling (seriously?). Yup that’s weird but when it comes to fighting the same market the consumer wants to pack every damn thing possible. These kind of feature additions, with clear SD card slots to keep switching memory with ease helps hack Samsung tabs the way you want. Keep rooting and keep rocking, you are a rebel in the android tab market. Apple and Amazon would prefer to give a tighter experience.

The clear distinction is the camera where (surprisingly) Apple adds 5 megapixels to reply Amazon Kindle’s 1.3 and Samsung’s 3 mega pixel camera. While mega pixels might not count a lot for the tablet users; a slew of camera apps and Nokia trying to return with ‘see I have the biggest camera’ trick its quite obvious to assume that camera power is still a deciding factor.

In terms of sheer processing power both iPad mini and Samsung galaxy tab 2 P3100 stand firm at offering Dual Core 1 GHz processor where as Amazon Kindle pushes the envelop further by offering 1.2 Dual Core. This is something worth considering given the fact the gaming experience is going upwards day by day. There is no Flash (huh), no Java, no Radio and no GPS (ouch) packed in the iPad mini. Same is the case with Kindle Fire HD. However Samsung and again won this round by packing a Java MIDP emulator and A-GPS GLONASS support.

All in all we feel the players are playing on the best of their capabilities. While Apple ships great experience and rock solid package; Amazon is busy creating the best experience out of the content it has aggregated right from the stone age. And Samsung is ready to fight out and create a brand in the developing markets and Geek corners where all you want is more flexibility – more hackability!

Specifications Fight

Apple iPad Mini SmallSamsung Galaxy Tab2Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Body Dimensions200 X 134.7 X 7.2 mm (7.87 X 5.30 X 0.28 inches)193.7 X 122.4 X 10.5 mm (7.63 X 4.82 X 0.41 inches)240 X 164 X 8.8 mm (9.45 X 6.46 X 0.35 inches)
Display TypeLED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreenPLS LCD capacitive touchscreenIPS TFT capacitive touchscreen
Display Size768 X 1024 pixels600 X 1024 pixels1920 X 1200 pixels
MultitouchSupportedYes; TouchWiz UX UIUpTo 10 Fingers
Card SlotsNomicroSD supported, upto 32GBNo
Internal Memory16/32/64 GB storage8/16/32 GB storage32/64 GB storage
WiFiYes; dual-bandYes; DLNA, WiFi Direct, dual-band, WiFi hotspotYes; dual-band
BluetoothYes; v4.0 with A2DPYes; v3.0 with A2DP, HSYes; with A2DP
USB On-the-go SupportNoYesNo
Camera5 MP, 2592 X 1944 pixels with auto-focus3.15 MP, 2048 X 1536 pixels1.3 MP, 1280 x 1024 pixels
Camera Video1080p@30fps720p@30fpsNo
Secondary CameraYes; 1.2 MP, 720p@30fpsYes; VGANo
Operating SystemiOS 6Android OS, v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1Android OS, v4.0 (customized)


Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9

PowerVR SGX543MP2

Dual-core 1 GHz

PowerVR SGX540

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9

PowerVR SGX544

Colors AvailableBlack/Slate, White/SilverBlack, WhiteBlack
BatteryStandard battery, Li-PoStandard battery, Li-IonStandard battery, Li-Ion
Battery Power16.3 Wh4000 mAhn/a
Stand-By Timen/aUp to 1190 h (2G) / Up to 1080 h (3G)n/a
Talk TimeUp to 10 hUp to 40 h (2G) / Up to 20 h (3G)n/a
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