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Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB) vs Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)

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

Compare Microsoft Surface RT XApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)13Points
Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)







(Non removable)

05PointsMicrosoft Surface RT (32GB)Compare Apple iPad mini 2 X
Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)







(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)

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iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)13 Advantages Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)vsSurface RT (32GB)5 Advantages Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
+1.3GHz 64bit Dual-core59%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs1.3GHz 32bit Penta-core (40nm)
+331 grams (11.59 ounces)105%
vs680 grams (23.8 ounces)
+7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)25%
vs9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches)
+TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDAdvantage
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD display is brighter and more vivid
+1536x2048 pixels200%
Higher resolution screen
vs768x1366 pixels
+324 PPI119%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs148 PPI
+(back) 5MP4 times
Higher resolution main camera
vs(back) 1MP
+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
vsNot supported
+HDR photo only main cameraAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
vsNot supported
+(front) 1.2MP33%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 1MP
+Full HD (1920x1080)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vsHD (1280x720)
+2300000 apps (App Store)11 times
More apps available to download and use
vs190000 apps (Windows Store)
+6400 mAh55%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs4120 mAh
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
16GB (12GB available)vs+32GB (15GB available)25%
More internal storage for applications and files
Not supportedvs+Until 64GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
Larger screen
Not supportedvs+Vibrating alertAdvantage
The vibration of the device aids in the use of several features

20 Common items in both devices
16 million
Only digital zoom
EIS: Digital stabilization
(front) HD (1280x720)
+13 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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📱 Model features

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
ModeliPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Surface RT (32GB)
Other model namesiPad mini 2 A1489 (WiFi)Tablet Microsoft Surface RT 1
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
Release date11/12/201310/26/2012
Depth7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches)
Size (width x height)134.7 x 200 millimeters (5.3 x 7.87 in)172 x 274.6 millimeters (6.77 x 10.81 in)
Weight331 grams (11.59 ounces)680 grams (23.8 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontfeature not registered
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
System versioniOS 7.0Windows RT 8.0
Firmware updateiOS 12Windows RT 8.1
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
Chipset64bit: Apple A7 APL0698 (28nm)32bit: NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30L) (40nm)
CPUDual-core, 1 processor:
2x 1.3GHz Cyclone ARM v8 (Dual-core)
Penta-core, 2 processors:
4x 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A9 (Quad-core)
1x 500MHz ARM Cortex-A9 (Single-core)
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR G6430 MP4NVIDIA GeForce ULP MP12 (416MHz)
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredBrowsermark: 73180 (v1)

💽 Memory and storage

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
Internal storage16GB (12GB available)32GB (15GB available)
External storageNot supportedUntil 64GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)

📲 Display

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
Display typeTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDTFT LCD
Screen size7.9" inches10.6" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.7% (screen-to-body ratio)~65.6% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels768x1366 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 5-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)324 PPI148 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedNot supported
Refresh ratefeature not registered60Hz
Display featuresfeature not registeredNot supported

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface 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

📷 Camera

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
Back camera (main camera)5 megapixels1 megapixels
Main camera resolution2592x1944 pixels1280x720 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsHD (1280x720) 30 fps
FlashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.4 (aperture)feature not registered
Focal length33mm lensfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Touch focusSupportedNot supported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionNot supported
BSI sensorSupportedNot supported
HDRHDR photo only main cameraNot supported
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
Front camera (secondary)1.2 megapixels1 megapixels
Front camera resolution1280x960 pixels1280x720 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)HD (1280x720)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
Loudspeakerfeature not registeredSupported
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, DivX, XviD, H.264, H.263, WMV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, M4AMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
USBUSB 2.0 proprietary connectorUSB 2.0
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
TV outputProprietary TV-outMicro HDMI Type D
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
GPSNot supportedNot supported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
Ambient Light sensor
Ambient Light sensor
Vibrating alertNot supportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity6400 mAh4120 mAh
Charger, watts Wired charging Wired charging
Wireless chargingfeature not registeredNot supported
Talk time autonomy10 hours8 hours
Standbyfeature not registered360 hours (15 days)

➕ Other features

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)
Call controlNot supportedNot supported
MessagingE-mail, Push mailE-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingfeature not registeredSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5, Flash player
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedDock with QWERTY keyboard
Miscellaneous• Colors: Black on slate, White on silver
• Oleophobic coating on Retina display
• Aluminium body
• FaceTime
• Siri natural language
• iCloud cloud service
• Twitter and Facebook
• Lightning connector port
• OpenGL ES 3.0
• Colors: Dark Titanium
• Optional Touch Cover with keyboard
• WiFi Direct
• Microsoft Office 2013 RT

☢️ Radiation rate

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 16GB)Microsoft Surface 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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