Microsoft Surface 2  vs Apple iPad mini 2 

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)
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Released November, 2013

Apple iPad mini 2

  • 7.8"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad mini 2
No longer must we agonize over pixelization, just because its 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS LCD Retina Display is glorious for its sharp visuals and strong details.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

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 storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution front camera 3.5 MP vs 1.2 MP Around 3x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Back view of Apple iPad mini 2

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Significantly lighter 331 g vs 675 g 2x lighter
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much sharper screen 326 ppi vs 207 ppi More than 55% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1920 x 1080 More than 50% higher resolution
Smaller 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm vs 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm 2.1x smaller
Thinner 7.5 mm vs 8.9 mm More than 15% thinner

Features Key features of the Surface 2  vs iPad mini 2 

screen resolution

Surface 2
1920 x 1080
iPad mini 2
2048 x 1536

memory

camera resolution

Surface 2
3.5 MP
iPad mini 2
1.2 MP

CPU Cores

Surface 2
Quad core
iPad mini 2
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Surface 2
1.7 GHz
iPad mini 2
1.3 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface 2  vs iPad mini 2 

7.6
8.5
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 2

8.0
8.5
In general, we have to admit that the iPad mini’s 5-megapixel auto-focus camera is able to produce some pleasant shots with its quality – especially for a tablet.
iPad mini 2

Overall

7.6 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface 2  vs
iPad mini 2 
Size 10.6" 7.8"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080 2048 x 1536
PPI 207 ppi 326 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.3 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Surface 2  vs
iPad mini 2 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
microSDXC
microSD
microSDHC
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

ports

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

form factor

Weight 675 g 331 g
Size 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 7.5 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour
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