The Bottom Line
Well, the Galaxy Note II is simply the more impressive device. It's a feature-packed phablet with a phenomenal screen. It's cheaper (on contract) than the iPad mini, and it fits in your pocket (kinda). It's not terribly often that we write that Apple has been out-innovated, but in this showdown, it's clearly the case.
The iPad mini has the benefit of the wealth of apps in Apple's App Store. And while the device and iOS 6.0 are laudable, it's just an iPad 2 in a smaller, more attractive chassis. And in the small-tablet wars of 2012, that's simply not enough. Expect a refresh of the mini in April, perhaps then it will stand up to its Korean competition.