Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Microsoft Surface Pro 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
Its mid-size form factor and lightweight design makes Samsung's 8.4-inch highly portable, yet its specs sheet can easily make a geek drool.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2014)
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)

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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Much higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 0.9 MP Around 9x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Lighter 588 g vs 907 g More than 35% lighter
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 thinner 9.7 mm vs 13.5 mm Around 30% thinner
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Smaller 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm vs 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm More than 30% smaller
Higher resolution front camera 2 MP vs 0.9 MP Around 2.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
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Much longer battery life 15 hour vs 7 hour Around 2.2x longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly more RAM 4 GB vs 1 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (SDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Much faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
Significantly faster processor 1.6 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 60% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
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

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

screen resolution

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


camera resolution

CPU Cores

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Dual core
Surface Pro 2
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Surface Pro 2 

Overall, while I think the Surface Pro 2 is the more useful product, I wish it had gotten the same design love as the RT version.
Surface Pro 2

Throw in Microsoft's own hone brewed ClearType rendering technology as well, it's able to deliver great details to even the finest of text – so there's plenty of sharpness and clarity to it.
Surface Pro 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
8.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs
Surface Pro 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 Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.6 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 Pro 2 
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 4 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 2 MP 0.9 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 0.9 MP


USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.0
Hdmi support None 1 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 907 g
Size 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 9.7 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 7 hour 15 hour
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
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