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
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (SDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (Android) 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
Much 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
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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