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Microsoft Surface RT

Microsoft Surface RT
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Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT)

Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT)
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Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)

Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)
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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Windows 8.1)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Windows 8.1)
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Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air
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Price $278 to $349 at 2 stores $449 to $569 at 6 stores $189 to $259 at 11 stores $899 to $999 at 2 stores $488 to $679 at 5 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 114 reviews 4.5 stars out of 11 reviews 3.0 stars out of 48 reviews 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews 4.0 stars out of 20 reviews
Release date June 15, 2012 October 22, 2013 May 10, 2013 September 18, 2013 November 01, 2013
The Bottom Line If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps. The Microsoft Surface 2 is great for getting work done, but those looking for extensive app support (beyond Office) will find top Apple, Android, and Amazon tablets to be better options. Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get. Microsoft's subtly updated Windows 8.1 tablet feels more like Surface Pro 1.5 -- improved battery life and better accessories make it a worthwhile (albeit pricey) laptop replacement, but it's still not an iPad-level category killer. Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.

Basic specs

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Packaged contents VaporMg case
Stand
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RAM installed size 2 GB
2 GB
16 GB
4 GB
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OS provided Microsoft Windows RT
Microsoft Windows 8.1 RT
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
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Flash memory form factor Integrated
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Weight 676 g
1.49 lbs
0.64 lbs
2 lbs
1 lbs
Height 6.8 in
6.81 in
7.9 in
6.8 in
9.4 in
Input device type Detachable keyboard
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Wireless connectivity IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
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Built-in devices keyboard
Display
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