The Galaxy Note II is a spec-list bear. It charges into battle with a potent quad-core Exynos processor running at 1.6GHz, supported by 2 GB of system RAM and storage configurations of 16, 32 and 64 GB, any of which can be supplemented by another 32 GB on a microSD card. The Note II's battery is a hefty 3100mAh, ensuring long lasting performance in the field, even on cellular networks.
Less well armed is the iPad mini, whose innards are much like those of the iPad 2. A dual-core A5 runs at 1GHz and is backed by a comparatively paltry 512 MB of RAM. Like the Note II, the mini is available in 16-, 32-, 64-GB variants, but with a key difference: Apple's tablet cannot expand its storage. The mini's battery offers 4400mAh, more than a third greater than that of Note II.
The raw specs of the two devices paint a clear victory for Samsung, but Apple's close integration of hardware and software make the overall performance of the mini quite good in spite of Samsung's muscle advantage.