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Apple iPad Air vs Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface 2 specs comparison

0. phoneArena 22 Oct 2013, 14:09 posted on

The fifth-generation Apple iPad is here and it is the first time Apple’s 9.7-inch tablet has gotten a huge redesign going more compact and modern…

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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:11 11

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7687; Member since: 14 May 2012)


iPad Air > Surface 2 > Nexus 10.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:15 4

2. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


apple did doom the nokia tablets...

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:19 1

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7687; Member since: 14 May 2012)


2520 isn't anything special. It's basically DOA.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:24

8. buccob (Posts: 1350; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


hey Papa what do you think about Tablet Z? It should be next to those... (though kind of small battery)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:27 3

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7687; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Tablet Z shouldn't isn't worth mentioning anymore. iPad Air puts it to shame completely.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 20:52 2

19. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Disagree. Z is still an outstanding tablet if you want Android. Thin, super light weight, smooth, and great build quality makes this a great tablet to get.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:15 1

3. harvardale (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


True. But an unfair comparison as the new Nexus 10 will be announced next week.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:19 3

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


The new nexus 10 will be the best tablet once released. But, At least the iPad air will be best for 10 days, good job apple.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:20 1

6. Santi_Santi (unregistered)


why is the Nexus 10 on that comparison?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:21

17. 1113douglas (Posts: 189; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


its to good for it

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:23

7. buccob (Posts: 1350; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Why isn't this compared to Sony Tablet Z which is thinner... and a bit better specs...

PA just want to make the iPad look better in comparisson..

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:28 4

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7687; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Google's flagship vs. Microsoft's flagship vs. Apple's flagship.

There you go.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 01:06

21. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Tablet Z has worst specs than the Nexus 10.....people these days.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:25

9. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


nexus 10 was a big flop. Apps n game quality is no where near ipad. nexus 10 is absolute waste of money , if u wanted to use it for apps n stuff . no app is decent. all upscaled ones.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:29 6

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7687; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I can tell you never used a Nexus 10 before.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:43 1

15. Santi_Santi (unregistered)


+1 for you, there

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:33

13. erikiksaz (Posts: 96; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Plus the nexus 10 has been selling for mid 300s new for months now.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:38 2

14. ady_lad (Posts: 73; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)


So wait, you are comparing a 1 year old tablet (Nexus 10) with a brand new one, and another one that is yet to be launched? And by the way...why not the full Windows 8 Surface since most of the people do this comparisson when buying a tablet? Sure...this is a fair comparisson PA.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:06 2

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3940; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


They should have waited for the new Nexus 10 to be released (which should be any day now), but they were right to use the Surface 2 and not the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro is a full laptop replacement with Intel's Haswell processor and 4+ GB of RAM, and full Windows 8.1. Plus it's $1000 for the base model, which is MUCH higher than these tablets. The Surface 2 is closer in price and OS practicality.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:21

18. 1113douglas (Posts: 189; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


IS EVERYONE FORGETTING ABOUT THE NOTE 10.1! Best tablet on the market by longshot!

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 01:05

20. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Nexus 10 was so ahead of its time that its crazy. Best tablet I have used by far and I would still put it ahead based on the PPI.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 05:04

22. kimnurseboi (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Nokia 2520 is much sexier and much more innovative! ....

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:44

23. junkerbunk (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


HOW IS THE AIR BETTER THAN THE NEXUS 10??? Sure, the Air is 5 ounces lighter. I am not complaining about 5 ounces of extra weight when I have 330PPI display, 1.7GHZ Processor, and 20 Hours of up time with a ONE YEAR OLD DEVICE! While the NEW Air only has 264PPI, 1.3 GHZ processor, and only 10 hours of battery life? I can deal with 5 ounces to have a much faster processor, twice as long battery life, and much more rich/higher quality display. Especially when my tablet is one year old and this is Apple's latest and greatest. This just shows you how people are so easily succeptible to marketing that these basic facts are overlooked.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 22:11

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3940; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


First, the Nexus 10 has a 300 ppi display, not 330 ppi. Second, despite being clocked 400 MHz lower, the A7 in the iPad Air MAJORLY outclasses the Exynos 5250, in both CPU and GPU power. The A7 even beats the Exynos 5420, Samsung's current flagship SoC, and it has 2 more A15 cores than the 5250 at a higher clock speed (1.8 GHz). It's not always about cores and clock speeds, it's about architecture, and the dual Cyclone cores + PowerVR G6430 GPU in the A7 either beats or matches everything on the market right now, whether it be quad core 1.8 GHz Cortex A15 or quad core 2.3 GHz Krait 400.

Here's a link to benchmarks of the iPhone 5S, which has the same 1.3 Ghz A7;

http://anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/5

And here's a link to the Nexus 10 benchmarks;

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6425/google-nexus-4-and-nexus-10-review

If you don't want to look through them, here's a simple run down;

Mozilla Kraken benchmark in ms, the lower the better;
iPhone 5S - 5,904.9 ms
Nexus 10 - 11,146 ms

Google Octane v1, the higher the better;
iPhone 5S - 5,500
Nexus 10 - 2,748

The iPhone 5S and the new iPads have essentially twice the CPU performance of the Nexus 10. In GPU, it's the same story.

"This just shows you how people are so easily susceptible* to marketing that these basic facts are overlooked."

By only looking at the basic facts, you made some very bold statements that were entirely false. This just shows you how manufacturers gain people's bias by just playing the numbers game with cores and clock speeds, and you're a perfect example.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 07:40

25. junkerbunk (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Wow great post Berzerk000. I see there is much more to consider beyond the stated specs to determine performance. Thanks for the revealing post. I learned something today.

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