Microsoft Surface 2  vs Apple iPad mini 

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 November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
At 308g it's twice the weight and then some of the iPhone 6, but compared to other tablets on the market (and combined with the aluminium chassis) it feels lightweight in the hand.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

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 bigger screen 10.6" vs 7.8" More than 35% bigger screen
More RAM 2 GB vs 0.5 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
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 Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1024 x 768 Around 2.8x higher resolution
Higher resolution front camera 3.5 MP vs 1.2 MP Around 3x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Sharper screen 207 ppi vs 163 ppi More than 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date 11 months later
Side view of Apple iPad mini

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Apple iPad mini

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Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 10 hour Around 30% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly lighter 308 g vs 675 g 2.2x lighter
Supports voice commands Yes (iOS 6) 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
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 8.9 mm Around 20% thinner
Smaller 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm vs 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm 2.2x smaller

Features Key features of the Surface 2  vs iPad mini 

screen resolution

Surface 2
1920 x 1080
iPad mini
1024 x 768


Surface 2
2 GB
iPad mini
0.5 GB

camera resolution

Surface 2
3.5 MP
iPad mini
1.2 MP

CPU Cores

Surface 2
Quad core
iPad mini
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Surface 2
1.7 GHz
iPad mini
1 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface 2  vs iPad mini 

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 mini

While the display quality is better than that thanks to improved IPS LCD technology, it's still light years behind the Retina display on the bigger iPad Air 2 and the second and third-generation minis.
iPad mini


7.6 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface 2  vs
iPad mini 
Size 10.6" 7.8"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1024 x 768
PPI 207 ppi 163 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 mini 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 3.5 MP 1.2 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 308 g
Size 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 7.2 mm
Battery life 10 hour 12.75 hour
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