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Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2

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Camera


Not everyone will jump at the idea of taking snapshots with tablets, but nonetheless, these are outfitting with rear and front facing ones. Specifically, they both pack along 5-megapixel cameras, but it’s only the iPad Air’s camera that benefits by having an auto-focus one – whereas it’s a fixed focused one with the Surface 2. When it comes to their front-facing cameras, it’s a 1.2-megapixel one in the iPad Air, and a larger 3.5-megapixel one in the Surface 2.It doesn’t shock us that their respective camera apps are pretty sparse with their shooting modes and manual controls, so don’t expect to be tinkering around much with either of them. Instead, the experience is a simplified one, as they focus on making the experience straightforward.

Okay, we’re not going to beat around the bush here people! Frankly, the iPad Air is unanimously the better performer with its 5-megapixel camera – that’s because it features auto-focus, something that’s strangely omitted with the Surface 2. Bearing that in mind, the iPad Air can snap macro shots that place emphasis on the subject. As for the fixed focused 5-megapixel shooter of the Surface 2, subjects that are snapped very close to the camera appear out of focus. In general, the iPad Air is just simply more equipped, since its boasts the sharper visuals.

Camera UI of the Apple iPad Air - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Camera UI of the Apple iPad Air - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Camera UI of the Apple iPad Air - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2

Camera UI of the Apple iPad Air

Camera UI of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Camera UI of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Camera UI of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2

Camera UI of the Microsoft Surface 2

Under low lighting situations, there’s a dip with details out of the two, a common occurrence no doubt. However, there’s just more noise with the Surface 2’s shots, which softens its overall quality more so than the iPad Air.

Likewise, we’re going to stick with the iPad Air when it comes to shooting high-definition 1080p videos. First and foremost, the iPad Air exhibits enough pleasant qualities for us to accept its quality – like its more defined details, balanced exposure, and clear audio recording. Unfortunately, the quality out of the Surface 2 isn’t as enticing, seeing that detractive elements like heavy artifacting, washed out colors, and muted audio recording, softens its overall quality considerably. 



Multimedia


Although the functionalities of their respective music players mirror one another, there’s a higher presentation value seen with the Surface 2’s offering. It’s just different, and unlike the iPad Air’s conventional stance, we’re really drawn to its dynamic looks. Yes, they both feature dual speakers, though positioned in different areas, but interestingly enough, it’s the iPad Air’s set that produces the stronger volume.

Music player of the Apple iPad Air - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Music player of the Apple iPad Air - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Music player of the Apple iPad Air - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Music player of the Apple iPad Air - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2

Music player of the Apple iPad Air

Music player of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Music player of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Music player of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Music player of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2

Music player of the Microsoft Surface 2

Out of the box, the Surface 2 has more video codec support, which means that we can simply copy videos to a flash drive or something, and have it playing right away. However, the iPad Air requires us to convert videos prior to loading them, so they’re properly fitted to play on its screen. Obviously, their sharp looking display help to draw us in, but the Surface 2’s kickstand is an added treat to the entire experience.

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posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:40 4

1. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


"especially when the Surface 2 is more PC-like than your average tablet."
Actually, Microsoft made the PC tablet-like, so that when people use their tablet, they get the impression they are on a PC.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:52 11

2. darkvadervip (Posts: 343; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Is this just the surface 2 or the pro because the pro blows the iPad air away. Can I get a motion for that

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 13:49 1

15. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


It's also much more expensive and has much worse battery life. They're really in different categories.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:55

3. xIJoeyBoyIx (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)


I'm not a apple fan but the new ipad is a great piece of kit the look and fell is phenomenal. If only android could add more tablet optimized apps and someone like Samsung make a tablet that is made from aluminium but yet has great specs then would that only be an ipad beater but also a fantastic project. I'm just surprised that it hasn't been done yet.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 10:10 5

6. Jason2k13 (Posts: 657; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


so it has to be made out of aluminium to be considered premium?

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 13:51

16. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


I think it was a suggestion, not a requirement. The point is the plastic Samsung uses definitely isn't premium. Plastic can seem premium, but the slimy glossy plastic they've been using isn't it. The Note 3's texture is better.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 15:01 1

19. xIJoeyBoyIx (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)


Personally I think premium is when software and hardware and aesthetics work perfectly. The Samsung note 2014 edition is a beast of a tablet, great screen and great performance but yet still doesn't do it for be with the build quality. If I am paying over £400 for a tablet I want it to feel better in the hand. I use a nexus 10 and I still believe its the best android tablet you can buy and that's not made from aluminium. Also to answer your questions no aluminium doesn't need to be considered premium but it helps product seem more money worth.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 22:13

21. Jason2k13 (Posts: 657; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


90% of people i see with ipads or samsung tablets uses a cover/case... they probably have the same view as you about having the "premium feeling".

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 10:22 1

7. taikucing (unregistered)


My $12 Chinese MP3 player with speaker is made of aluminium. My $5 Chinese iPod nano clone is made of aluminium. So my cheap MP3 player is premium?

You want an iPhone beater? Goophone i5S
You want an iPad clone with aluminium case? Chinese can make it.

You want someone like Samsung make a tablet that is made from aluminium? Your wish comes true --> Motorola Xoom

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 12:21 3

11. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


What a surprise. Another droidtroll thinks his slow laggy Nexsucks with the toy camera, stuttering screen, and loads of malware can even compete. At least it finally has 4G. Too bad it has nothing else to compete.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 12:57

13. Sauce (unregistered)


KABOOOOM! Goes the dynamite.. x'D

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 09:57 2

4. thezunelune (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Thank you for a fair review. They are so hard to come by, seriously.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 10:08 3

5. MojoDojo (Posts: 87; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


If one follow your comparison one would think that the conclusion will be to buy a Surface 2. It wins in most of the inportant comparisons between the two, and the categories it doest win in, it eqauls. Except the app ecosystem. Yet Surface 2 got 8 and Ipad Air got 9.2!!

An example of what you can do with the Surface 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG1b0yBJHLM

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 10:45

8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Surface 2 will start getting 9 + once it captures 10% of market share.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 11:13 2

9. HASHTAG (unregistered)


How does market share have to do anything w/ the score it gets?

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 12:17 1

10. MojoDojo (Posts: 87; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Are you serious? I dont know if your comment is funny or stupid. Maybe both.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 14:08

17. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Tablets are pretty much useless without a decent app ecosystem. Unless you're content with just using the browser and the few apps available. The surface 2's screen is also lower res, processor isn't as fast. Then there's Windows 8's still awful tablet/desktop hybrid UI. I think it's pretty clear why the Surface didn't win.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 12:24 1

12. alaahershy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


iPad Air ---> Who care it's on ios 7
Surface ---> I care It's 8.1

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 13:46

14. shammont (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


These 2 devices are pretty equal. Go with which ever gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. I personally would pick the Surface. I have a Galaxy Tab2(Android) and a Surface Pro. The Tab2 is so clunky and jerky. It is just not smooth like the Apple and Microsoft products. I would take 100 bucks for the Tab2 and it is brand new. Anyone interested let me know.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 14:23

18. pookiewood (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Can't wait to get a Surface 2. Almost there!

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 15:44

20. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Still only one browser (Internet Explorer) on Surface 2. Not to mention a really limited app selection.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 04:02

22. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


vote for apple ipad air.

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