Microsoft Surface 2  vs Apple iPad 3 

Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2

  • 10.6"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface 2
The 1,920 by 1080 resolution is great for movies (and means you'll keep the DPI and zoom settings up, because while text is crisp, clear and smooth it can also be a little small on the 10.6-inch screen).
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Released March, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
The other big boon of the iPad 3G is that you get GPS capabilities, so you'll get a better experience in, say, Google Maps and geo-tagged tweets, for example.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Microsoft Surface 2

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface 2

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More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supported card formats microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
Significantly faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1 GHz 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 9.7" Around 10% bigger screen
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Higher resolution front camera 3.5 MP vs 0.3 MP Around 11.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Mar, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of Apple iPad 3

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 3

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Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports voice commands Yes vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Significantly higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1920 x 1080 More than 50% higher resolution
Sharper screen 263 ppi vs 207 ppi More than 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Features Key features of the Surface 2  vs iPad 3 

screen resolution

Surface 2
1920 x 1080
iPad 3
2048 x 1536


Surface 2
2 GB
iPad 3
1 GB

camera resolution

Surface 2
3.5 MP
iPad 3
0.3 MP

CPU Cores

Surface 2
Quad core
iPad 3
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Surface 2
1.7 GHz
iPad 3
1 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface 2  vs iPad 3 

The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad 3

Simple games like Angry Birds HD (£2.99) and Plants vs Zombies HD (£5.99) can prove better though, but Apple is truly becoming a serious player in terms of gaming.
iPad 3


7.6 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface 2  vs
iPad 3 
Size 10.6" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD TFT LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080 2048 x 1536
PPI 207 ppi 263 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1 GHz


Has a GPS No Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


Surface 2  vs
iPad 3 
Internal storage 32 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 3.5 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP


USB support 1 USB 3.0 None
Hdmi support 1 Micro HDMI None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 675 g 662 g
Size 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour
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