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Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB) vs Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)

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

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Compare Apple iPad Air 2 XMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)07Points
Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
10.6"
TFT

1080x1920

5
MP

3.1mp

2GB
RAM

32bit Penta

N/A
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit 3s

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)

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Surface 2 RT (32GB)7 Advantages Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)vsiPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)19 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
+Until 64GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
+10.6"9%
Larger screen
vs9.7"
+LED flashAdvantage
The LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
vsNot supported
+(front) 3.1MP156%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 1.2MP
+(front) Full HD (1920x1080)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
vs(front) HD (1280x720)
+Vibrating alertAdvantage
The vibration of the device aids in the use of several features
vsNot supported
+USB 3.0Advantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
vsMicroUSB 2.0
1.7Ghz 32bit Penta-Corevs+1.5Ghz 64bit 3-Cores9%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
32GB (15GB available)vs+64GB (54GB available)3 times
More internal storage for applications and files
676 grams (23.66 ounces)vs+444 grams (15.54 ounces)52%
Lighter
8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)vs+6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)46%
Thinner
TFT LCDvs+TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDAdvantage
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD display is brighter and more vivid
1080x1920 pixelsvs+1536x2048 pixels52%
Higher resolution screen
208 PPIvs+264 PPI27%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
(back) 5MPvs+(back) 8MP59%
Higher resolution main camera
Not supportedvs+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
Not supportedvs+HDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
190000 apps (Windows Store)vs+2100000 apps (App Store)10 times
More apps available to download and use
Not supportedvs+4G LTEAdvantage
The 4G LTE network is newer and faster
(Not supported) vs+(4G LTE) 100 MbpsAdvantage
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device
802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)vs+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
Not supportedvs+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
Not supportedvs+Scratch-resistant glassAdvantage
Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keys

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 featuresMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
ModelSurface 2 RT (32GB)iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Other model namesMicrosoft Surface RT 2, Microsoft Surface 2 RTiPad Air 2 A1567 Cellular (4G LTE), iPad 6
Country or region availablefeature not registered(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandMicrosoftApple
Release dateSeptember, 2013October, 2014
Depth8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)
Size (width x height)172.5 x 274.6 millimeters (6.79 x 10.81 in)169.5 x 240 millimeters (6.67 x 9.45 in)
Weight676 grams (23.66 ounces)444 grams (15.54 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardDock with QWERTY keyboardNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsfeature not registeredAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported
System (OS)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Operating systemWindows RT 8.1iOS 8.0
Firmware updatefeature not registerediPadOS 13
HardwareMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Chipset32bit - NVIDIA Tegra 4 Wayne (28nm)64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)
CPU processor1.7Ghz Penta-Core ARM Cortex-A151.5Ghz 3-Cores Apple Cyclone
GPU graphical controllerNVIDIA GeForce ULP MP72 672MhzPowerVR GXA6850 MP8
RAM memory2GB LPDDR32GB LPDDR3
Internal storage32GB (15GB available)64GB (54GB available)
External storageUntil 64GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Not supported
DisplayMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Display typeTFT LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size10.6" inches9.7" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~65.4% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x1920 pixels1536x2048 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 5-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)208 PPI264 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedScratch-resistant glass
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supported1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/uploadfeature not registered100/50 Mbps
Network technologyfeature not registered2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandNot supportedQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkNot supportedCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkNot supportedCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE Cat4 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
MessagingE-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlNot supportedVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Back camera (main camera)5 megapixels8 megapixels
Main camera resolution2592x1944 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashLED flashNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredf/2.4 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registered1.12µm pixel
AutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
Touch focusNot supportedSupported
Image stabilizationfeature not registeredEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedSupported
HDRNot supportedHDR photo/video and HDR photo on front camera
2ª cameraMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Front camera (secondary)3.1 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Front camera resolution2048x1536 pixels1280x960 pixels
Video recording (secondary)Full HD (1920x1080)HD (1280x720)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredf/2.2 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, DivX, XviD, H.264, H.263, WMVMP4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AC3, FLACMP3, WAV, eAAC+
ConnectivityMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
USBUSB 3.0MicroUSB 2.0
TV outputMicro HDMI Type DProprietary TV-out
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNANot supportedSupported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedNot supported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5, Flash playerHTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Other features- 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
- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Retina display
- Oleophobic coating
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- FaceTime HD
Power supplyMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacityfeature not registered7340 mAh
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 rateMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
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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