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Shootouts

Shootout: Apple iPad Mini vs. LG G Tablet 8.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

By Sidney Wong - 21 Jul 2014

Conclusion

 Conclusion

 

 

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display
(LTE)

LG G Tablet 8.3
(Wi-Fi only)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (LTE)

Winner

Reading
  • 4:3 aspect ratio perfect for reading books and magazines
  • Easier to read due to larger font size and optimal use of screen real estate

 

  • Awkward 16:10 aspect ratio
  • On-screen buttons take up space
  • Awkward 16:10 aspect ratio

 

 

Music
  • Largest online music store
  • Exclusive music deals
  • Speaker audio output muffled by hands
  • Audio enhancement effects 
  • Speaker audio output is away from user
  • Audio enhancement effects
  • Loud and clear speakers

Games
  • Over 1 million apps in Apple App Store
  • 500,000 tablet-optimized apps
  • Quality gaming apps

 

  • Over 1 million apps in Google Play Store
  • Lacks in quality and tablet optimized apps
  • Over 1 million apps in Google Play Store
  • Lacks in quality and tablet optimized apps
  • Physical capacitive buttons may interfere with game play

 

 

Movies
  • Letterbox issue
  • Speaker audio output muffled by hands
  • No letterbox issue
  • Easy access volume / brightness controls
  • Subpar audio output
  • No letterbox issue
  • Easy access volume / brightness controls
  • Loud and clear audio output from speakers
  • Vibrant Super AMOLED screen

 

Calls
  • Unable to make calls directly
  • FaceTime over Wi-Fi or cellular connection 
  • Unable to make calls
  • Pairs with Android phone to decline incoming calls with text message 
  • Built-in telephony function
  • Sidesync 3.0 to accept/ reject calls on tablet and other messaging functions

  

Data Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • Supports 4G LTE CAT 3
  • More 4G LTE bands supported 
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Supports 4G LTE CAT 4 (Download speeds up to 150Mbps)
  • Download booster

  

Battery Performance
  • 6,471mAh, 3.75V
  • 377 minutes
  • 4,600mAh, 3.8V
  • 304 minutes
  • 4,900mAh, 3.8V
  • 645 minutes 

 

Final Tally
 
N.A.  


 

 

With a final tally of five wins, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 emerged the winner in this shootout.

In terms of multimedia consumption on the go, it has a solid edge over the other two tablets thanks to its amazing battery life, super slim and light design, a dazzling display and great audio output from its speakers. Its data connectivity support and telephony function also ensures you are kept connected anywhere you go.

The Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display has a tie with the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 in terms of data connectivity and listening to music. This is because it supports more 4G LTE bands and has an excellent music store. It also remains the best tablet for reading.
Despite the clear win for Samsung, the results of this shootout do not apply to everyone; people have different needs and certain aspects are more important than others. At the end of the day, you'll have to decide which tablet fits your needs better. 

For a more in-depth look at each tablet, as well as full imaging performance and benchmark analysis, do refer to each tablet's individual reviews: