Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Microsoft Surface 2 

Released April, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 4G LTE for Verizon is essentially the same tablet Samsung released earlier in 2012, only now with 4G LTE speed at its disposal.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)
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)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

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Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Slightly lighter 588 g vs 675 g Around 15% lighter
Front view of Microsoft Surface 2

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More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7 hour Around 45% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (microSDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
Significantly faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1 GHz 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 800 More than 2x higher resolution
Sharper screen 207 ppi vs 149 ppi Around 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Apr, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
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
Higher resolution front camera 3.5 MP vs 2 MP 75% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Thinner 8.9 mm vs 9.7 mm Around 10% thinner

Features Key features of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Surface 2 

screen resolution

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
1280 x 800
Surface 2
1920 x 1080


camera resolution

CPU Cores

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Dual core
Surface 2
Quad core

CPU Frequency

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Surface 2 

It's clear Microsoft has thought about what makes a good interface, which is where it perhaps went wrong with its original touch interface from 2012.
Surface 2

Other aspects of the display also shine, since it features wide viewing angles, punchy colors, and handles outdoor usage quite well.
Surface 2

The 10.1-inch, 1280x800 screens provides a decent display for you to gorge on your favourite videos, images, games and social networks.
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1


7.4 Out of 10
7.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs
Surface 2 
Size 10.1" 10.6"
Technology PLS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1920 x 1080
PPI 149 ppi 207 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No


Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.7 GHz


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


Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs
Surface 2 
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 2 MP 3.5 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 5 MP


USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.0
Hdmi support None 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 588 g 675 g
Size 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm
Thickness 9.7 mm 8.9 mm
Battery life 7 hour 10 hour
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
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