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 10.1 has A-GPS built in, providing you with a faster, more accurate satellite lock, and we found the tablet was able to pinpoint us within five seconds.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
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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
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 588 g vs 675 g Around 15% lighter
Front view of Microsoft Surface 2

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface 2

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More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
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
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1 GHz 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly higher resolution front camera 3.5 MP vs 0.3 MP Around 11.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Marginally newer Oct, 2013 vs Apr, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
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
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen
Higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 3 MP More than 65% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
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
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
First and foremost, details are significantly sharper, which is an expected benefit from a higher count camera.
Surface 2 | by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)

camera resolution

The cameras on the original Surface and Surface Pro weren't that impressive, but the 1080p Surface 2 cameras are a definite improvement, especially in lower light - thanks to the much larger sensor on the 3.5MP front camera.
Surface 2 | by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

CPU Cores

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Dual core
Surface 2
Quad core
So it’s safe to say that everyone was taken by surprise when Microsoft made it known that the Surface 2 is powered by the quad-core 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.
Surface 2 | by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)

CPU Frequency

The new processor and graphics are definitely faster, in software and on sites that can take advantage of them.
Surface 2 | by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Surface 2 

6.5
8.0
Other aspects of the display also shine, since it features wide viewing angles, punchy colors, and handles outdoor usage quite well.
Surface 2

8.0
7.0
One of the biggest rivals to Apple's iTunes crown, the 7 Digital store offers a wide selection of music to suit all tastes, although not quite as many as Apple's version.
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Overall

7.2 Out of 10
7.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

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

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11g
802.11a
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No

processor

Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.7 GHz

sensors

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

storage

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

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 0.3 MP 3.5 MP
Rear camera 3 MP 5 MP

ports

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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