Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Microsoft Surface RT 

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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
7.3 Out of 10
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.
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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
7.8 Out of 10
If you're willing to wait, the Microsoft Surface RT is an excellent tablet for productivity-oriented users and those who crave Adobe Flash Player support.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 2 10.1 vs Surface RT

Performance

Processing power and speed

BrowserMark and 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, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Microsoft Surface RT 

TabletRocket recommends the Microsoft Surface RT  based on its performance, graphics and battery life.

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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 Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 vs Surface RT

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Surface RT
994 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps

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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Faster web browser 2,007 vs 1,751 Around 15% better BrowserMark score
Lighter 588 g vs 903 g Around 35% lighter
Much higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 2 MP 4x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
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 171.9 x 13.5 mm More than 30% smaller
Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

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Faster graphics 11.5 fps vs 6.3 fps Around 85% better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
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
Slightly longer battery life 8 hour vs 7 hour Around 15% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1 GHz 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Slightly bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen
Much faster USB 572 MB/s vs 57 MB/s (USB 2.0) More than 10x faster USB; connect a high-speed external hard drive or other high-speed device
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Apr, 2012 Release date 6 months later

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs Surface RT 

6.0
8.0
In general, high quality images abound as do rich typographic elements that set Windows 8 and Surface apart from the hit or miss presentation of Android and iOS tablets (and I love my Android tablets and greatly respect iPad apps for their quality).
Surface RT

6.8
7.0
My overall impression of IE10's browser speed was that it was sometimes fast enough, but I usually felt like I was waiting around longer than I would have liked to.
Surface RT

7.7
8.5
Currently, the Microsoft Surface is being made in 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wi-Fi form on.
Surface RT

8.0
6.0
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

Overall

7.4 Out of 10
7.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1  vs
Surface RT 
Size 10.1" 10.6"
Technology PLS LCD OLED
Resolution 1280 x 800 1366 x 768
PPI 149 ppi 147 ppi

network

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

processor

Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.5 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 RT 
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 2 MP 1.3 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 2 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 2.0
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 903 g
Size 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 9.7 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 7 hour 8 hour
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
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