Apple iPad Air vs Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface 2 specs comparison

Apple iPad Air vs Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface 2 specs comparison
The fifth-generation Apple iPad is here and it is the first time Apple’s 9.7-inch tablet has gotten a huge redesign going more compact and modern to deserve a brand new name - the iPad Air. The big change have come to the outside, but there’s a lot improved under the hood as well, so let’s take a look.

Apple has traditionally held the upper hand in tablet graphics and the iPad Air ups the ante in both CPU and GPU power with the Apple A7 chip. That looks to be the same chip Apple is using in the iPhone 5s, a somewhat strange decision since we’ve been accustomed to getting an Ax version of Apple’s chips with more graphical oomph in iPads. Not this time probably.

In terms of the performance gain, Apple put it simple and clear: the new iPad Air has up to 8x faster CPU performance and 72x faster graphics performance in comparison to the original. The company is usually pretty spot on with those numbers, so we have no reason to distrust them.

The new iPad Air is also 2x faster opening files and supports Wi-Fi n (not the latest 802.11ac Apple bragged about including in the new Macbook Pros).

Most importantly, at all this Apple manages to keep the 10-hour battery life. However how will this all stack up against the big competitors, the Google Nexus 10 and the Microsoft Surface 2? Take a look at the spec comparison right below.

Display

Size

10.1 inches
9.7 inches
10.6 inches

Technology

True RGB Real Stripe PLS
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

62.50 %
71.65 %
65.41 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor

Hardware

System chip

Samsung Exynos 5 Dual 5250
Apple A7
NVIDIA Tegra 4 T114

Processor

Dual-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15, 32-bit, 32 nm
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Quad-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15, 28 nm

GPU

Mali-T604 MP4
PowerVR G6430
Yes

RAM

2GB
1GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
128GB
32GB

OS

Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Windows (RT 8.1)

Battery

Capacity

9000 mAh
8820 mAh
 

Stand-by time

20.8 days (500 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
15.0 days (360 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Music playback

90.00 hours
 
 

Video playback

9.00 hours
 
10.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

5 MP (Autofocus)
5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
5 MP (Autofocus)

Specifications

 
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
 

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Recording format

 
H.264, MOV
 

Features

 
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
 

Front

1.9 MP
1.2 MP
3.5 MP

Video capture

 
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
 

Design

Dimensions

10.39 x 6.99 x 0.35 inches (263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm)
9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)
10.81 x 6.79 x 0.35 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm)

Weight

21.27 oz (603.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
16.86 oz (478.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
23.84 oz (675.8 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)

Materials

 
Back: Aluminum
 

Buyers information

Price

$ 499
$ 929
$ 449


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iPad Air

PhoneArena Score:

9.2

User Score:

8.2
  • Display 9.7 inches 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 8820 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
Nexus 10

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.3
  • Display 10.1 inches 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 5 Dual 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 9000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Surface 2
  • Display 10.6 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 3.5 MP front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 4 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • OS Windows RT 8.1

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