Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface 2
Luckily, we’re able to get through a solid 8-hour work shift with heavy usage out of both of them – so there are no worries about constant recharging. Still, in our experience, we find the Surface 2 pulling out more juice from its battery. In fact, a full charge gets us up to 2 days of normal usage – whereas it’s only just over a single day with the iPad Air.
It’s still early in the holiday season, but you know that the competition is going to be fierce between these two prized tablets. In its attempt to try and gain ground on Apple’s stranglehold, Microsoft strategically prices the Surface 2 at the base price of $450; $50 less than the iPad Air’s starting price of $500. Of course, it’s a great tactic that should help to shine some light on it – especially when the Surface 2 is more PC-like than your average tablet.
Meanwhile, the iPad Air is gearing up to take the holiday season by storm, despite the competition it sees from the lower priced Surface 2. Should it be scared at all? Well, not really.Donning a new design, one that’s remarkably thin and lightweight, it’s sure to catch some eye brows from prying shoppers who are eager to pick up a tablet. And as we’ve seen, it continues to prove itself as a venerable competitor – mainly due to its excellent performance and diverse apps ecosystem.
Seriously though, we can go either way with this comparison. Depending on your needs, either tablet can suffice in a number of ways – albeit, the savings is found with the Surface 2. If you’re in the mood to experiment, or want something that can almost double as a laptop, the Surface 2 is a fantastic choice. If not, the obvious decision is to go with the safe route of picking up the iPad Air. Whatever decision you make, there’s no arguing that they’re equipped in dealing with a handful of needs.
1. alterecho (Posts: 1094; 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.
2. darkvadervip (Posts: 360; 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
15. stealthd (Posts: 1061; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
It's also much more expensive and has much worse battery life. They're really in different categories.
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.
6. Jason2k13 (Posts: 784; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
so it has to be made out of aluminium to be considered premium?
16. stealthd (Posts: 1061; 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.
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.
21. Jason2k13 (Posts: 784; 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".
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
11. c.hack (Posts: 528; 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.
13. Sauce (unregistered)
KABOOOOM! Goes the dynamite.. x'D
4. thezunelune (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
Thank you for a fair review. They are so hard to come by, seriously.
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:
8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Surface 2 will start getting 9 + once it captures 10% of market share.
9. HASHTAG (unregistered)
How does market share have to do anything w/ the score it gets?
10. MojoDojo (Posts: 87; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Are you serious? I dont know if your comment is funny or stupid. Maybe both.
17. stealthd (Posts: 1061; 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.
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
14. shammont (Posts: 30; 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.
18. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
Can't wait to get a Surface 2. Almost there!
20. sgodsell (Posts: 2107; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Still only one browser (Internet Explorer) on Surface 2. Not to mention a really limited app selection.