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Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB) vs Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)

Side by side comparison between Microsoft Surface 2 RT vs Apple iPad mini 3 tablets, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPad mini 3 XMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)09Points
Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
10.6"
TFT

1080x1920

5
MP

3.1mp

2GB
RAM

32bit Penta

N/A
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
13PointsApple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)Compare Microsoft Surface 2 RT X
Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
7.9"
IPS

1536x2048

5
MP

1.2mp

1GB
RAM

64bit Dual

6350
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)

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Surface 2 RT (32GB)9 Advantages Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)vsiPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)13 Advantages Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
+1.7Ghz 32bit Penta-Core25%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs1.3Ghz 64bit Dual-Core
+2GB LPDDR3100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs1GB LPDDR3
+Until 64GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
+10.6"34%
Larger screen
vs7.9"
+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.
vsUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
32GB (15GB available)vs+64GB (56GB available)3 times
More internal storage for applications and files
676 grams (23.66 ounces)vs+341 grams (11.94 ounces)98%
Lighter
8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)vs+7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)19%
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+324 PPI56%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
Not supportedvs+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
Not supportedvs+HDR photo only main 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+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

20 Common items in both devices
16 million
(back) 5MP
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
Full HD (1920x1080)
Capacitive
Multitouch
+13 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
ModelSurface 2 RT (32GB)iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
Other model namesMicrosoft Surface RT 2, Microsoft Surface 2 RTiPad Mini 3 A1601 (4G LTE)
Country or region availablefeature not registered(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandMicrosoftApple
Release dateSeptember, 2013October, 2014
Depth8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Size (width x height)172.5 x 274.6 millimeters (6.79 x 10.81 in)134.7 x 200 millimeters (5.3 x 7.87 in)
Weight676 grams (23.66 ounces)341 grams (11.94 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 mini 3 (4G 64GB)
Operating systemWindows RT 8.1iOS 8.0
Firmware updatefeature not registerediOS 12
HardwareMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
Chipset32bit - NVIDIA Tegra 4 Wayne (28nm)64bit - Apple A7 APL5698 (28nm)
CPU processor1.7Ghz Penta-Core ARM Cortex-A151.3Ghz Dual-Core Cyclone
GPU graphical controllerNVIDIA GeForce ULP MP72 672MhzPowerVR G6430 MP4
RAM memory2GB LPDDR31GB LPDDR3
Internal storage32GB (15GB available)64GB (56GB available)
External storageUntil 64GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Not supported
DisplayMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
Display typeTFT LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size10.6" inches7.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~65.4% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.7% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x1920 pixels1536x2048 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 5-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)208 PPI324 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedNot supported
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (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 supportedGSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkNot supportedUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE Cat3 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedGPRS, EDGE, 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 mini 3 (4G 64GB)
MessagingE-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlNot supportedVoice recorder
CameraMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
Back camera (main camera)5 megapixels5 megapixels
Main camera resolution2592x1944 pixels2592x1944 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 registered32mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
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 only main camera
2ª cameraMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (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 registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, DivX, XviD, H.264, H.263, WMVMP4, H.264, H.263, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AC3, FLACMP3, WAV, eAAC, M4A
ConnectivityMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
USBUSB 3.0USB 2.0 proprietary connector
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 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (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
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: Black on gray, White on silver, Gold
- Apple SIM only USA and UK
- Oleophobic coating on Retina display
- Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
- Aluminium body
- FaceTime
- Siri natural language
- iCloud cloud service
- Twitter and Facebook
- Lightning connector port
- OpenGL ES 3.0
Power supplyMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 64GB)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacityfeature not registered6350 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 mini 3 (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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