Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Windows 8.1) comparison

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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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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)
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Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)

Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)
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Sony Vaio Tap 11

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Price $899 at 1 store $445 to $499 at 3 stores $499 to $530 at 6 stores $6 to $262 at 5 stores
CNET editors' rating
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)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews 4.0 stars out of 20 reviews 3.5 stars out of 10 reviews 3.0 stars out of 48 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date September 18, 2013 November 01, 2013 September 03, 2013 May 10, 2013 September 03, 2013
The Bottom Line 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. The improved S Pen goes a long way to making this high-end tablet worth the extra cost, but if you're not sold on the stylus, it's easy to find a better deal. Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get. Sony's thin, powerful Tap 11 tablet shows up the competition in terms of design. It's not ideal for everyone, but only a few tweaks away from being the runaway leader in this smallish category.

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Weight 2 lbs
1 lbs
18.9 oz
0.64 lbs
1.7 lbs
Height 6.8 in
9.4 in
7.9 mm
7.9 in
0.39 in
OS provided Info unavailable Apple iOS
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Microsoft Windows 8
RAM installed size 4 GB
Info unavailable 3 GB
16 GB
4 GB
Clock speed Info unavailable Info unavailable 1.9 GHz
Info unavailable 1.5 GHz
Wireless connectivity Info unavailable Wi-Fi
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Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
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