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Microsoft Surface 2 vs Apple iPad mini

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PA Rating - 8
Posted: 23 Sep 2013
Market Status: Released

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PA Rating - 8.5
Posted: 23 Oct 2012
Market Status: Released US carrier availability: Available - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular

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Design
Device typeTabletTablet 
OSWindows (RT 8.1)iOS (6.1, 6) 
Dimensions10.81 x 6.79 x 0.35 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm)7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm) 
Weight23.84 oz (676 g)
the average is 16.4 oz (467 g)
11.01 oz (312 g)
the average is 16.4 oz (467 g)
 
Body material Aluminium 
Display
Physical size10.6 inches7.9 inches 
Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels1024 x 768 pixels 
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

208 ppi162 ppi 
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDIPS LCD 
Colors 16 777 216 
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touch 
FeaturesLight sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Oleophobic coating 
Camera
Camera5 megapixels5 megapixels 
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

 F2.4 
FeaturesAutofocusBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) 
Features Digital image stabilization 
Front-facing camera3.5 megapixels1.2 megapixels 
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40)Apple A5 
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 
Graphics processorYesPowerVR SGX543MP2 
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2048 MB RAM512 MB RAM 
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB 
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC  
Battery
Stand-by time15.0 days (360 hours)
the average is 29 days (692 h)
  
Not user replaceableYesYes 
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Multimedia
Music player   
Filter byAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Genre, Playlists 
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback 
SpeakersLoudspeakerStereo speakers 
Internet browsing
BrowserInternet Explorer 11Safari 
Built-in online services support Facebook, YouTube (upload), Flickr, Twitter 
Technology
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 
UMTS 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 
FDD LTE 700 (band 17), 1700/2100 (band 4) MHz 
Data LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS 
nano-SIM Yes 
Positioning

Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

 A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning 
Connectivity
Bluetooth4.04.0 
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz 
USBUSB 3.0Yes 
ConnectorFull-size USBProprietary 
Features USB charging 
OtherTV-Out, OTA syncTV-Out, Computer sync, OTA sync 
Other features
NotificationsFlight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneFlight mode, Silent mode 
Additional microphone/sfor Noise cancellation, Video recording  
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass 
OtherVoice recordingVoice commands, Voice recording 
Availability
Officially announced23 Sep 201323 Oct 2012 
Shopping information
Warranty period12 Months  
Accessories Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter 
MSRP price$ 449$ 459 

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