Ins And Outs
Galaxy Tab tablets employ a microUSB port for charging and most file I/O. File transfer works with Windows machines out of the box, but Macs need to download the Android File transfer utility. In either case, there's root-level access to Android's file system. Media also can be moved across the Galaxy's file system via the microSD slot, which supports cards as large as 64 GB. On the other hand, the iPad mini cannot save data directly to a USB stick or other removable storage medium. Like all newer iPads and iPhones, all I/O happens across Lightning Port, Apple's all-digital, multipurpose connector for hooking up monitors, docks and other peripherals. The Lightning connector is sturdier than microUSB and is reversible, a convenience that also helps eliminate damage from cable orientation errors. Samsung also opted not to include support for SlimPort, which permits connections to external DisplayPort or HDMI monitors, docking stations and other peripherals through the microUSB port. Both devices come with a 3.5-mm headphone jack, microphone and buttons for power, volume and Home. Galaxy Tab adds soft keys for menu and back.