For readers who are considering buying the Microsoft Surface 2 or the Apple iPad Air, here is a specs and price comparison between the two devices in Australia. The comparison could help readers make an informed decision.
Display and Design
The Microsoft Surface 2 comes with a 10.2 inch TFT capacitive touch screen, rendering 1920 x 1080 resolution. The iPad Air comes with a 9.7 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, rendering 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.
The Microsoft Surface 2 comes with 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm dimensions and weighs 675.9 grams. The iPad Air comes with 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm dimensions and weighs 469 grams.
Hardware and Operating System
The Microsoft Surface 2 is equipped with a 1.7 GHz quad core cortex-A15 processor and NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40) chipset. It comes in 32 GB and 64 GB internal memory variants, which can be expanded by up to 64 GB using a Micro SD card.
The iPad Air is equipped with a 1.3 GHz dual core cyclone processor and Apple A7 chipset. It comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB internal memory variants an no Micro SD slot for additional memory.
The Microsoft Surface 2 runs on Microsoft Windows 8.1 RT operating system and has 2 GB of RAM. The iPad Air runs on the iOS 7 operating system and has 1 GB of RAM.
Both the devices sport a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus. The Microsoft Surface 2 has a 3.5 MP secondary camera whereas the iPad Air has a 1.2 MP secondary camera.
The Microsoft Surface 2 comes with a non-removable Li-Ion battery whereas the iPad Air comes with a non-removable Li-Po 8,820 battery.
Price in Australia
The Microsoft Surface 2 32 GB variant is priced at around AU $529.95 and the 64 GB variant is priced at around AU $629.95. The iPad Air 16 GB variant is priced at around AU $609.95, the 32 GB variant is priced at around AU $729.95, the 64 GB variant is priced at around AU $849.95 and the 128 GB variant is priced at around AU $979.95 in Australia.
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