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Apple iPad mini (2019)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (2019)
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Apple iPad mini (2019) vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (2019)

Analysis:

The Apple iPad mini (2019) makes for an outstanding Pen Computer at its $390 price point. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (2019), however, while a good product overall, doesn't really manage to stand out from its competition.

The Apple iPad mini (2019) managed to impress reviewers from many of the internet's most highly trusted sources, including PCmag, Laptop Mag, Wirecutter, Wirecutter (NYTimes), and Notebookcheck.net. It performed really well in their Pen Computer roundups - it was named "Best for Power and Portability" by PCmag, "Our favorite small tablet" by Laptop Mag, and "Also great" by Wirecutter. That's high praise coming from sources that conduct in-depth hands-on testing.

Moving on to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (2019): it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like Android Central, Tech Advisor, Notebookcheck.net, TrustedReviews, Reviewed, and GSMArena, enough for them to include them on those lists.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the Apple iPad mini (2019) earned an average review score of 8.4 out of 10 points and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (2019) received an average of 8.8, compared to the 7.7 average of Pen Computers in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Wirecutter
PCmag
Laptop Mag
Notebookcheck.net
GSMArena
TrustedReviews
Techradar
Expert Reviews
CNET
Tech. Specs Comparison
Apple iPad mini (2019)
$384
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (2019)
$349
Higher than average expert review score
7.8
Overall Avg. for Pen Computers
8.8
Avg. Review Score
Score
Highly recommended by trusted experts
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The iPad Is the Best Tablet” 
Last updated: 27 Mar 2020
Wirecutter
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The iPad Is the Best Tablet” 
Last updated: 27 Mar 2020
Laptop Mag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Our favorite small tablet
in “Best tablets in 2020” 
Last updated: 4 days ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Power and Portability
in “The Best Tablets for 2020” 
Last updated: 7 days ago
Notebookcheck.net
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.8 out of 10
in “Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets” 
Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
TrustedReviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Apple iPad: Which iPad should you buy?” 
Last updated: 23 Mar 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best (and only) small tablet on our best tablet list
in “Best tablet 2020: the top tablets you can buy right now” 
Last updated: 5 days ago
CNET
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Expensive, but the best smaller tablet
in “Best tablet for 2020” 
Last updated: 14 days ago
Good Housekeeping
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best compact tablet
in “8 best tablets for 2020” 
Last updated: 5 May 2020
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best compact tablet
in “Best tablet 2020: The top Windows, Android and Apple tablets to buy” 
Last updated: 22 Apr 2020
Wirecutter
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Also great
in “The Best Tablet for Kids” 
Last updated: 12 Nov 2019
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Also great
in “The Best Tablet for Kids” 
Last updated: 12 Nov 2019
Tech Advisor
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.0 out of 10
in “Best kids' tablets 2020” 
Last updated: 2 Apr 2020
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 3
in “Best iPad 2020: Which Apple iPad should you choose?” 
Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
TrustedReviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 7
in “Best tablet 2020: The top iOS, Windows and Chrome OS tablets available now” 
Last updated: 22 days ago
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 10
in “The best iPad 2020: is the iPad Air, Mini or Pro the best for you?” 
Last updated: 15 days ago
Recommended by trusted experts
Notebookcheck.net
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.4 out of 10
in “Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets” 
Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
TrustedReviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Android tablet 2020: Six top choices that use Google’s OS” 
Last updated: 21 Jan 2020
Tech Advisor
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The best Android tablet 2020” 
Last updated: 2 Jan 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Samsung Tablets in 2020” 
Last updated: a month ago
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 8
in “The Best Tablets of 2020” 
Last updated: 14 Jan 2020
BestReviews
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Tablets” 
Last updated: 1 May 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Samsung Tablets at Walmart in 2020” 
Last updated: 31 Mar 2020
TrustedReviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #7 out of 7
in “Best tablet 2020: The top iOS, Windows and Chrome OS tablets available now” 
Last updated: 22 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Android Tablets at Walmart in 2020” 
Last updated: 31 Mar 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Android Tablets in 2020” 
Last updated: 27 Mar 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Android Tablets in 2020” 
Last updated: 6 Jan 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Bang for the Buck
in “Best Walmart Tablets in 2020” 
Last updated: 24 Mar 2020
BestReviews
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Samsung Tablets” 
Last updated: 5 days ago

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