Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro 2
You’d think that Microsoft would arm the Surface Pro 2 with better camera hardware, to anticipate its rivals and all, but sadly that’s not the case, since it packs the same gear from last year – 1-megapixel fixed focused front and rear cameras. As for the iPad Air, it receives at least some love, mainly because it features a 5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera, and a 1.2-megapixel front facing one.
Yes, they both feature cameras, but that doesn’t mean we’d be inclined to used them when the occasion rises.Their camera apps are pretty basic, which means that experience is all taking snapshots easily and without distractions.When it comes to quality, it’s the iPad Air – no question about it! Before going into the reasoning, we need to point out the disparity between them, as the iPad Air’s 5-megapixel camera overshadows the Surface Pro 2’s 1-megapixel count. Keeping that in mind, it doesn’t surprise us details are downright hazy and indistinct with its results. And it doesn’t help when it doesn’t offer auto-focus, which means that macro shots turn out as blurry messes. Thankfully, the images produced by the iPad Air’s camera are more agreeable, as it delivers visuals that are sharper. Under low lighting situations, neither actually excel greatly in this particular condition, but yet again, we side with the iPad Air’s camera, mainly because of the speckled and noisy production of the Surface Pro 2.
We’re just a loss for words with the Surface Pro 2’s 1080p video recording quality! It’s dreadful, to the point that we question how it can actually pass for being 1080p resolution. Well, we’re not saying that the iPad Air’s quality is the utmost best in the space, but it’s light years better than the horrendous visuals put out by the Surface Pro 2.
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1. Apple iPad Air Sample Video
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Sample Video
Although the functionalities of their respective music players mirror one another, there’s a higher presentation value seen with the Surface Pro 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 and more potent volume.
Out of the box, the Surface Pro 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.
Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro 2 - Camera and Multimedia