Microsoft Surface 2  vs Google Nexus 10 

New: Microsoft Surface 2 vs Google Nexus 10 II (Oct, 2013)
Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2

  • 10.6"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface 2
Using it lightly and as a secondary device, we’re able to get close to 2.5 days of battery life, which is pretty damn good.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)
Released November, 2012

Google Nexus 10

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Google Nexus 10
Its insanely high 2560x1600 resolution gives it an unprecedented 300 PPI, which is the most of any tablet currently on the market (for those wondering, the retina iPad has a 264 PPI).
by Android Police (Nov, 2012)

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
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7.5 hour Around 35% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" More than 5% bigger screen
Higher resolution front camera 3.5 MP vs 1.9 MP Around 85% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date 11 months later
Back view of Google Nexus 10

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Google Nexus 10

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Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1920 x 1080 Around 2x higher resolution
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Significantly sharper screen 300 ppi vs 207 ppi Around 45% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Features Key features of the Surface 2  vs Nexus 10 

screen resolution

Surface 2
1920 x 1080
Nexus 10
2560 x 1600


Surface 2
2 GB
Nexus 10
2 GB

camera resolution

Surface 2
3.5 MP
Nexus 10
1.9 MP

CPU Cores

Surface 2
Quad core
Nexus 10
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Surface 2
1.7 GHz
Nexus 10
1.7 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface 2  vs Nexus 10 

It also supports 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC (near-field communication).
Nexus 10

We've already mentioned how jaw dropping the display resolution is, but it's worth noting that it has superb viewing angles too.
Nexus 10


7.6 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface 2  vs
Nexus 10 
Size 10.6" 10.1"
Technology IPS LCD PLS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1600
PPI 207 ppi 300 ppi


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


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.7 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
Nexus 10 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 3.5 MP 1.9 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 4.9 MP


USB support 1 USB 3.0 1 Micro USB
Hdmi support 1 Micro HDMI 1 Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 675 g 603 g
Size 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 8.9 mm
Battery life 10 hour 7.5 hour
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