Microsoft Surface Pro 2  vs Apple iPad 1 

Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 2
This also coped well with outdoor pictures on the rear camera taken on an overcast day; despite the cloud, colours were bright and fairly accurate.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
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Released May, 2010

Apple iPad 1

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
Front view of Apple iPad 1
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 Pro 2

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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Significantly longer battery life 15 hour vs 9.5 hour Around 60% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a webcam 0.9 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 0.9 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
Much more RAM 4 GB vs 0.25 GB 16x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Newer Oct, 2013 vs May, 2010 Release date over 3 years later
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (iOS 4) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Significantly faster processor 1.6 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 60% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Much faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Significantly sharper screen 207 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 60% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 9.7" Around 10% bigger screen
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1024 x 768 Around 2.8x higher resolution
Much faster USB 572 MB/s (USB 3.0) vs 57 MB/s (USB 2.0) More than 10x faster USB; connect a high-speed external hard drive or other high-speed device
Front view of Apple iPad 1

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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
Lighter 730 g vs 907 g Around 20% lighter
Supports voice commands Yes (iOS 4) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free

Features Key features of the Surface Pro 2  vs iPad 1 

screen resolution

Surface Pro 2
1920 x 1080
iPad 1
1024 x 768

memory

iPad 1
0.25 GB

CPU Cores

Surface Pro 2
Dual core
iPad 1
Single core

CPU Frequency

Surface Pro 2
1.6 GHz
iPad 1
1 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface Pro 2  vs iPad 1 

7.9
8.5
The iPad's Bluetooth capabilities also allow peer-to-peer networking for gaming and wireless keyboard support for compatible writing applications.
iPad 1

8.0
8.0
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).
Surface Pro 2

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface Pro 2  vs
iPad 1 
Size 10.6" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1024 x 768
PPI 207 ppi 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Single core
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Surface Pro 2  vs
iPad 1 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 4 GB 0.25 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 0.9 MP None
Rear camera 0.9 MP None

ports

USB support 1 USB 3.0 USB 2.0
Hdmi support 1 HDMI None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 907 g 730 g
Size 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 15 hour 9.5 hour
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