The iPad mini 3 The iPad mini range is still a brilliant proposition, offering the best of the iPad but squishing it down into a smaller package.
Well, that's what happened last year - this year Apple has basically rebooted the Mini 2, put TouchID on the front, made it gold and called it a new tablet. Performance
The iPad mini 3 has exactly the same processor as the iPad mini 2 and iPhone 5S – a 64-bit A7 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The cores run at 1.3GHz, as opposed to the iPad Air 2’s tri-core 1.5GHz, and a quad-core GPU provides plenty of grunt for 3D gaming.
Even though it’s a year old, it’s still a very competent processor. The iPad mini 3 zips through menus on iOS 8 and apps open with speed. Games look fantastic, particularly those made with the 64-bit architecture in mind, such as Infinity Blade 3.
As expected, in our benchmark tests the iPad mini 2 scores almost exactly the same as its predecessor. It scored 2550 on Geekbench 3 and 14,009 on 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited – both decent scores, but less than the Snapdragon 801 or 805 that most top Android tablets have. It’s also a lot less than the Nvidia Shield Tabletcan muster. That scores 3209 on Geekbench 3 and a whopping 29,206 on Ice Storm Unlimited. That’s more than double the gaming performance for a lot less cash.
However, the iPad mini 3, like the mini 2 before it, performs well and should still do so for a few years to come.
It's only ahead of the older version (a cheaper option while offering the same specs minus the biometrics) due to this being a list of the best tablets, and this is the best mini tablet from Apple, but it's not offering a lot more than last year's model.
What it does bring is good though: iOS 8 works very well on the mini 3, and the overall speed and compact size is still a very good combo, even at the higher price. Weight: 331g | Dimensions: 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 8.1 | Screen size: 7.9-inch| Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Dual-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 6470mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 1.2MP $289.99 VS Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 packs a sharp pixel-dense screen, zippy performance, and oodles of software features inside a comfortable and lightweight slate.The 8.4 has a gorgeous 2560x1600 359 PPI screen that eclipses the iPad Mini Retina's 326 PPI. Its Adreno 330 GPU is able to run any Android game you throw at it super-smoothly, even on such a high-resolution screen, making the TabPro 8.4 a killer Android gaming device.Also, since the TabPro 8.4 shares the same SoC as the Galaxy Note 3, it inherits that phablet’s stellar battery life, and with its bigger 4800 mAh battery, one can expect even longer run times from the TabPro 8.4 than the already unreal battery life of the Note 3.The tab pro is much better than the g pad 8.3 in almost every aspect, Especially when it comes to the screen as well as the processor.The 8.4-inch body measures in at just 7.2mm thick and 21.9cm wide, meaning it is slim enough to be held, comfortably, in a single hand. What’s more, the streamlined 336g weight is evenly distributed across the tablet’s full form, giving it a comfortably balance when held single-handed.
But, The $399.99 starting price is expensive. It's too easy to block the speakers and trigger the capacitive buttons unintentionally when holding the tablet in landscape orientation. Performance lags when using the multiwindow function.
The bottom line: The premium specs and high-end feel of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 make it well worth the high price. Specifications
Display type8.4 in
OSAndroid 4.4 (KitKat)
ProcessorSamsung 2.3 GHz
Dimensions (WxDxH)8.6 in x 0.3 in x 6.1 inWeight11.2 oz