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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 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
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 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
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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