Microsoft Surface RT  vs Apple iPad mini 2 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
7.9 Out of 10
The tablet scored 922 on the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark (an excellent score) and it feels quite responsive overall.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2012)
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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
8.1 Out of 10
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)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs iPad mini 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Microsoft Surface RT 

TabletRocket recommends the Microsoft Surface RT  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs iPad mini 2

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Surface RT
994 ms
iPad mini 2
1,426 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
iPad mini 2
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps
iPad mini 2
14.9 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface RT

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Faster javascript execution 994 ms vs 1,426 ms More than 30% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
Significantly bigger screen 10.6" vs 7.8" More than 35% bigger screen
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x 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 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Back view of Apple iPad mini 2

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini 2

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Faster graphics 14.9 fps vs 11.5 fps Around 30% better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
Significantly lighter 331 g vs 903 g 2.7x lighter
Much sharper screen 326 ppi vs 147 ppi Around 2.2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 8 hour 25% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Much thinner 7.5 mm vs 13.5 mm Around 45% thinner
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1366 x 768 Around 3x higher resolution
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 2 MP 2.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Significantly smaller 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 3.2x smaller
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Oct, 2012 Release date over 1 years later

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs iPad mini 2 

7.0
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

8.5
8.5
Currently, the Microsoft Surface is being made in 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wi-Fi form on.
Surface RT

Overall

7.3 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface RT  vs
iPad mini 2 
Size 10.6" 7.8"
Technology OLED IPS LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 2048 x 1536
PPI 147 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 1.5 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 RT  vs
iPad mini 2 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.3 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 5 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 None
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 903 g 331 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 7.5 mm
Battery life 8 hour 10 hour
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