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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Apple iPad Air

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Remove phone

Posted: 23 Sep 2013
Market Status: Released
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Apple iPad Air Remove phone

Posted: 22 Oct 2013
Market Status: Released US carrier availability: Available - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular

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Design
Device typeTabletTablet 
OSWindows (8.1 Pro)iOS (7.x) 
Form factorCandybarCandybar 
Dimensions10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches (275 x 173 x 13 mm)9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm) 
Weight31.99 oz (907 g)
the average is 15 oz (429 g)
16.86 oz (478 g)
the average is 15 oz (429 g)
 
Body material Aluminium 
Design featuresStylus  
Side Keys Right: Volume control, Other 
Colors Black, White, Gray 
Tablet dockYes  
FeaturesUSB (4)  
Display
Physical size10.6 inches9.7 inches 
Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels2048 x 1536 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 ppi264 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 
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touch 
FeaturesLight sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Oleophobic coating 
Camera
CameraYes5 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 
Features Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) 
Camcorder1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) 
Features Digital image stabilization 
Front-facing cameraYes1.2 megapixels 
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) 
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.

 Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture 
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.

Dual core, 1600 MHz, Intel Core i5 4200UDual core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone 
Graphics processorIntel HD Graphics 4400PowerVR G6430 
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.

4096 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR31024 MB RAM / LPDDR3 
Built-in storage64 GB128 GB 
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC  
Battery
Capacity 8820 mAh 
Type Li - Polymer 
Not user replaceableYesYes 
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Multimedia
Music player   
Filter byAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Playlists 
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback 
Supported formatsMP3MP3, AAC, eAAC, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless) 
Video playback   
Supported formatsMPEG4, H.263, H.264MPEG4, H.264, Motion JPG, AVI, MOV 
SpeakersStereo speakersStereo speakers 
YouTube player Yes 
Internet browsing
BrowserInternet ExplorerSafari 
supportsHTML, HTML5, FlashHTML, HTML5 
Built-in online services support Facebook, YouTube (upload), Flickr, Twitter 
Technology
CDMA

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

 800, 1900 MHz 
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 
UMTS 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 
FDD LTE 700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 800 (band 19), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 850 (band 26), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz 
Data LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A, EV-DO Rev.B 
nano-SIM Yes 
Global Roaming 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, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning 
Navigation Yes 
Phone features
Phonebook Unlimited entries 
OrganizerCalendar, Alarm, To-Do, Document viewer (Office, PDF), Calculator, World clock, Timer, NotepadCalendar, Alarm, Document viewer (.jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics), Calculator, World clock, Notes 
Messaging Threaded view, Predictive text input 
E-mailIMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft ExchangeIMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange 
Instant MessagingWindows Live / MSNYes 
Connectivity
Bluetooth4.04.0 
Wi-FiYes802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz 
Dual antennas, MIMODual antennas, MIMO 
Mobile hotspot Yes 
USBUSB 3.0Yes 
ConnectorFull-size USBProprietary 
Features USB charging 
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm 
Charging connector Proprietary 
OtherTV-Out, OTA syncTV-Out, Computer sync, OTA sync 
Other features
NotificationsFlight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneFlight mode, Silent mode 
Additional microphone(s) for Video recording 
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass 
OtherVoice recordingVoice commands, Voice recording 
Regulatory Approval
FCC approval

FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

   
Date approved

Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

 22 Oct 2013 
 FCC ID value: BCGA1475 link 
FCC measured SAR

FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

   
Body 1.19 W/kg 
Simultaneous Transmission 1.33 W/kg 
Availability
Officially announced23 Sep 201322 Oct 2013 
Shopping information
Accessories Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter 
MSRP price$ 899$ 929 

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