Microsoft Surface Pro 2  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 2
If you're a mobile worker in need of a lightweight tablet that's brimming with apps, for example, or a professional in need of a powerhouse laptop with a quad-HD display, there are better options than the Surface Pro 2 out there.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)
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Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
In our experience, it’s able to pump out a solid one-day of heavy usage, which is pretty much the standard mark we’ve comfortably become accustomed to expect with today’s tablets.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

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 10 hour 50% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
Significantly more RAM 4 GB vs 1 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
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
Significantly sharper screen 207 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 60% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1024 x 768 Around 2.8x higher resolution
Faster processor 1.6 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
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
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Apple iPad Air

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Lighter 610 g vs 907 g Around 35% lighter
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much thinner 8.6 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 35% thinner
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 0.9 MP More than 5.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
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
Smaller 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm vs 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm Around 40% smaller

Features Key features of the Surface Pro 2  vs iPad Air 

screen resolution

Surface Pro 2
1920 x 1080
iPad Air
1024 x 768

memory

camera resolution

Surface Pro 2
0.9 MP
iPad Air
1.2 MP

CPU Cores

Surface Pro 2
Dual core
iPad Air
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Surface Pro 2
1.6 GHz
iPad Air
1.3 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface Pro 2  vs iPad Air 

7.9
8.3
The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad Air

8.5
9.1
In all fairness, it’s really tough to gauge, but the end result is the same with this Retina Display – it’s crisp, bright, and quite accurate with its color reproduction.
iPad Air

8.0
8.5
It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.
iPad Air

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface Pro 2  vs
iPad Air 
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 v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.6 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 Pro 2  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 4 GB 1 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 1.2 MP
Rear camera 0.9 MP 5 MP

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 Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 907 g 610 g
Size 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 15 hour 10 hour
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