Head-to-Head: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 vs. Apple iPad Mini

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Ins And Outs

Apple is notoriously stingy with ports on its mobile devices, and the iPad mini follows that model. Aside from the headphone jack, there's only the Lightning port, Apple's all digital, multipurpose connector introduced with the iPhone 5. This durable, reversible connector includes eight signaling channels and eliminates worries (and damage) from cable orientation mistakes. Though technically superior, the change will confound people that wanted to reuse accessories from earlier-generation devices.

Samsung too equips the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with a proprietary connector that can be used for connecting port replicators, external monitors and numerous other accessories. Samsung has added an SD card slot, greatly simplifying the movement of files to and from the tablet, and expanded its storage capacity by 32 GB. The Galaxy Tabs also is equipped with an infrared emitter, enabling it to remotely control televisions, cable set-top boxes, DVD/Blu-ray players and other home entertainment devices.


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