Microsoft Surface Pro 2  vs Apple iPad mini 

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, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
3G has everything under the sun: most LTE bands, DC-HSPA for sub 4G speeds that still impress, GPS and GLONASS for on-the-go mapping (providing you get the courage to do use such a function with Apple Maps).
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

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 bigger screen 10.6" vs 7.9" More than 35% bigger screen
Much more RAM 4 GB vs 0.5 GB 8x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
Longer battery life 15 hour vs 12.75 hour Around 20% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No 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
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1024 x 768 Around 2.8x higher resolution
Marginally newer Oct, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date 11 months later
Sharper screen 207 ppi vs 163 ppi More than 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Side view of Apple iPad mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini

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Much lighter 308 g vs 907 g 2.9x lighter
Much thinner 7.2 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 45% thinner
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
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
Significantly smaller 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm vs 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm 3.3x smaller
Supports voice commands Yes (iOS 6) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free

Features Key features of the Surface Pro 2  vs iPad mini 

screen resolution

Surface Pro 2
1920 x 1080
iPad mini
1024 x 768

memory

iPad mini
0.5 GB

camera resolution

Surface Pro 2
0.9 MP
iPad mini
1.2 MP

CPU Cores

Surface Pro 2
Dual core
iPad mini
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Surface Pro 2
1.6 GHz
iPad mini
1 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface Pro 2  vs iPad mini 

7.9
8.3
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

8.0
7.5
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
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface Pro 2  vs
iPad mini 
Size 10.6" 7.9"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1024 x 768
PPI 207 ppi 163 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 Dual core Dual 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 Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

Surface Pro 2  vs
iPad mini 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 4 GB 0.5 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 None
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 308 g
Size 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 7.2 mm
Battery life 15 hour 12.75 hour
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