Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 vs. iPad Mini, Nexus 7 + Kindle Fire HD

Samsung has announced a revamped version of its 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2.  The Galaxy Tab 3 promises a more sleek and stylish design that is comfortable to hold in one hand for hours, and will be available in WiFi and 3G versions.  Expect the two versions of the Galaxy Tab 3 to hit shelves  in May and June, respectively.

But how does this new mini tablet from Samsung compare to other small tablets already out in the market?  Today we’re comparing the upcoming Tab 3 to the Nexus 7, the iPad Mini, the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD.

Screen Size and Display

Galaxy Tab 3: 7” WSVGA (1024 x 600, 169 PPI) TFT

Nexus 7: 7” 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi), Back-lit IPS display, Scratch-resistant Corning Glass

iPad mini: 7.9” Retina Display with 2048×1536-pixel resolution (256ppi) with Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, LED-backlit, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

NOOK HD: 7” 1440 x 900 pixel resolution, 243 PPI (pixels per inch), Supports 720p; fully laminated screen with no air gaps reduces glare and provides extra-wide viewing angles.

Kindle Fire HD: 7” 1280×800, up to 720p HD , HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle


Tab 3: 111.1 x 188.0 x 9.9mm, 302g for the Wi-Fi version and 306g for the 3Gversion

Nexus 7:  198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm, 340g

iPad mini:  200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm, WiFi 308g; WiFi+cellular 312g

NOOK HD: 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm, 315 g

Kindle Fire HD: 7.6″ x 5.4″ x 0.4″ 7”, 395g


Tab 3: 8/16GB Internal Memory + 1GB (RAM), can be upgraded to up to 64GB via the microSD slot

Nexus 7: 16 and 32GB internal storage, 1GB RAM

iPad mini: 16, 32 and 64GB; 512MB RAM

NOOK HD: 8 and 16GB / 16 and 32GB; Add up to 32GB5 with microSD™ memory card, 8GB: 512MB RAM, 16GB: 1GB RAM

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Kindle Fire HD: 7” 16 and 32GB + free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life

Tab 3: 4,000 mAh standard Li-ion battery, no information on battery life yet

Nexus 7: 9 hours video playback, 10 hours web browsing or e-reading, 300 hours on stand-by

iPad mini: 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music

NOOK HD: Up to 10.5 hours of reading and Up to 9.5 hours of video

Kindle Fire HD: 7” 11 hours continuous use


Tab 3: 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor

Nexus 7: Quad-core Tegra 3 processor

iPad mini: 1 GHz Dual-core Apple A5 processor

NOOK HD: 1.3 GHz Dual-Core, OMAP 4470

Kindle Fire HD: 7” Dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP4460


Tab 3: WiFi and 3G versions: 3G : HSPA+21 / 5.76 Quad 850/900/1900/2100; 2G : EDGE/GPRS Quad 850/900/1800/1900; WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0

Nexus 7: WiFi only: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam); WiFi+Cellular: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam), GSM/UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz), HSPA+ 21

iPad mini: WiFi only: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0 technology

NOOK HD: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)

Kindle Fire HD: Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks


Tab 3: 3MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera

Nexus 7: 1.2MP front-facing camera

iPad mini: 5-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel VGA FaceTime camera


Kindle Fire HD: Front-facing HD camera


Tab 3: USB 2.0, microSD card slot – not enough information on the device’s specs sheet

Nexus 7: micro USB, Microphone, NFC (Android Beam), 3.5 mm stereo jack

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iPad mini: WiFi only: Lighting connector, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack, built-in speaker, microphone; WiFi + Cellular: Lightning connector, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack, built-in speaker, microphone, Nano-SIM card tray

NOOK HD: Universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, Charging port, Expandable microSD slot, HDMI port, Dual stereo speakers

Kindle Fire HD: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to connect to the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory. Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers, 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers with exclusive Dolby audio engine. Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) support for streaming audio to compatible headphones and speakers. Built-in microphone.


Tab 3: WiFi: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light; 3G: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light, Proximity

Nexus 4: Microphone, NFC (Android Beam), Accelerometer, GPS, Magnetometer, Gyroscope

iPad mini: Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor

NOOK HD/HD+: No Information

Kindle Fire HD: No Information

Operating Software

Tab 3: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Nexus 4: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

iPad mini: iOS 6

NOOK HD:  Custom-designed Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Kindle Fire HD: Customized Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

And the winner is…


The display already sets back the Galaxy Tab 3, as competitors all sport HD displays.  The processor isn’t that bad, but the Nexus 7 takes the prize in that category as it has a quad-core processor that makes it faster than all the devices in this round.

The Tab 3 takes the cake in the weight category, as both the WiFi and 3G versions are the lightest.  The Tab 3’s OS is up to date, unlike the NOOK and the Kindle tablets, so that’s a plus.  And having a front and rear camera gives it another point, though the iPad mini’s cameras are better.

All in all, the Galaxy Tab 3 isn’t that bad, though Samsung could have improved more of its features aside from the sleeker design.  Hopefully, the device would be justified with a low price to reflect the seemingly minimal changes made from previous versions.

Mellisa Tolentino

Staff Writer at SiliconANGLE
Mellisa Tolentino started at SiliconANGLE covering the mobile and social scene. Over the years, her scope expanded to Bitcoin as well as the Internet of Things. SiliconANGLE gave Mellisa her break in writing and it has been an adventure ever since. She’s from the sunny country of Philippines where people always greet you with the warmest smile. If she’s not busy writing, she loves reading, watching TV series and movies, but what she enjoys the most is playing or just chilling on the couch with with her three dogs Ceecee, Ginger, and Rocky.


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  1. The iPad mini’s resolution is 1024-by-768 (163 ppi). Above you indicate that it is a retina display with 2048×1536 resolution (256ppi).

  2. @TechMistress I was going to point the same thing out. Maybe she’s referencing the unreleased iPad mini 2? Was that even confirmed to have those specs?

  3. The specs on the Apple iPad mini are wrong: it does not have a high-resolution screen (something everyone should know, it is considered the big weakness of the tablet). Here is the actual tech spec from Apple: 
    -7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi)Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

  4. In my opinion folks, the Kindle Fire HD is tops if you are looking for blazing download speed, crisp and clean videos and movie play viewed from any angle, and almost theater like surround sound. Did you know that he Kindle HD is 38 percent faster than the Apple I Pad in download speed? If anyone is interested check out my review at

    I go into more detail. I think with the Kindle you get more bang for your dollar.

  5. The folks pointing out that the Ipad Mini’s screen has a far inferior resolution than what the author indicated are correct. The Ipad Mini 1 does not have the retina display that the author assumed. And it is still unconfirmed whether the Ipad Mini 2 will, although all signs point out that it likely will since that was the disappointment of the current Mini. With 3 people already pointing out this mistake, I’m disappointed that the author hasn’t corrected it yet. A non-reactionary tech review site becomes one that I don’t trust or view as much in the future. Hopefully, it gets corrected so that we know we can trust the information in the articles in the future.

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