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Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB) vs Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)

Side by side comparison between Apple iPad Air 2 vs Microsoft Surface 2 RT tablets, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Microsoft Surface 2 RT XApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)15Points
Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit 3s

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
08PointsMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Compare Apple iPad Air 2 X
Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
10.6"
TFT

1080x1920

5
MP

3.1mp

2GB
RAM

32bit Penta

N/A
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)

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iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)15 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)vsSurface 2 RT (32GB)8 Advantages Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
+128GB (117GB available)7 times
More internal storage for applications and files
vs32GB (15GB available)
+437 grams (15.3 ounces)55%
Lighter
vs676 grams (23.66 ounces)
+6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)46%
Thinner
vs8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)
+TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDAdvantage
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD display is brighter and more vivid
vsTFT LCD
+1536x2048 pixels52%
Higher resolution screen
vs1080x1920 pixels
+264 PPI27%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs208 PPI
+(back) 8MP59%
Higher resolution main camera
vs(back) 5MP
+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
vsNot supported
+HDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
vsNot supported
+2100000 apps (App Store)10 times
More apps available to download and use
vs190000 apps (Windows Store)
+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)Advantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) is newer and faster
vs802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
vsNot supported
+Scratch-resistant glassAdvantage
Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keys
vsNot supported
1.5Ghz 64bit 3-Coresvs+1.7Ghz 32bit Penta-Core1%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
Not supportedvs+Until 64GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
9.7"vs+10.6"9%
Larger screen
Not supportedvs+LED flashAdvantage
The LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
(front) 1.2MPvs+(front) 3.1MP156%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
(front) HD (1280x720)vs+(front) Full HD (1920x1080)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
Not supportedvs+Vibrating alertAdvantage
The vibration of the device aids in the use of several features
MicroUSB 2.0vs+USB 3.0Advantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.

19 Common items in both devices
2GB LPDDR3
16 million
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
Full HD (1920x1080)
Capacitive
Multitouch
+12 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
ModeliPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Surface 2 RT (32GB)
Other model namesiPad Air 2 A1566 (WiFi), iPad 6Microsoft Surface RT 2, Microsoft Surface 2 RT
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
feature not registered
BrandAppleMicrosoft
Release dateOctober, 2014September, 2013
Depth6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)
Size (width x height)169.5 x 240 millimeters (6.67 x 9.45 in)172.5 x 274.6 millimeters (6.79 x 10.81 in)
Weight437 grams (15.3 ounces)676 grams (23.66 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedDock with QWERTY keyboard
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontfeature not registered
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported
System (OS)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
Operating systemiOS 8.0Windows RT 8.1
Firmware updateiPadOS 13feature not registered
HardwareApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)32bit - NVIDIA Tegra 4 Wayne (28nm)
CPU processor1.5Ghz 3-Cores Apple Cyclone1.7Ghz Penta-Core ARM Cortex-A15
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR GXA6850 MP8NVIDIA GeForce ULP MP72 672Mhz
RAM memory2GB LPDDR32GB LPDDR3
Internal storage128GB (117GB available)32GB (15GB available)
External storageNot supportedUntil 64GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
DisplayApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
Display typeTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDTFT LCD
Screen size9.7" inches10.6" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)~65.4% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels1080x1920 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 5-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)264 PPI208 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassNot supported
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supportedNot supported
Maximum download/uploadfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Network technologyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandNot supportedNot supported
Primary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
MessagingE-mail, Push mailE-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlNot supportedNot supported
CameraApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
Back camera (main camera)8 megapixels5 megapixels
Main camera resolution3264x2448 pixels2592x1944 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashNot supportedLED flash
Focal aperturef/2.4 (aperture)feature not registered
Focal length31mm lensfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel size1.12µm pixelfeature not registered
AutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
Touch focusSupportedNot supported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationfeature not registered
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection
BSI sensorSupportedNot supported
HDRHDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraNot supported
2ª cameraApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
Front camera (secondary)1.2 megapixels3.1 megapixels
Front camera resolution1280x960 pixels2048x1536 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)Full HD (1920x1080)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)feature not registered
Focal length31mm lensfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, DivX, XviD, H.264, H.263, WMV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC
ConnectivityApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
USBMicroUSB 2.0USB 3.0
TV outputProprietary TV-outMicro HDMI Type D
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNASupportedNot supported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
GPSNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertNot supportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5, Flash player
SensorsAccelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Other features- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Retina display
- Oleophobic coating
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- FaceTime HD
- Colors: Dark Titanium
- Dual-position kickstand
- Optional Touch Cover with keyboard
- WiFi Direct
- Microsoft Office 2013 RT
- USB On-The-Go 1.3
- SkyDrive 200GB for 2 years
- Skype free international calls and WiFi for 1 year
Power supplyApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
BatteryLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity7340 mAhfeature not registered
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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