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 Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi, black)

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi, black)
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Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)

Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
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Price $799 to $980 at 2 stores $449 to $499 at 3 stores $569 to $772 at 8 stores $6 to $270 at 7 stores $379 to $379 at 3 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)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews 4.0 stars out of 20 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one! 3.0 stars out of 48 reviews 3.5 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date September 18, 2013 November 01, 2013 January 05, 2014 May 10, 2013 November 08, 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. Not quite a workstation replacement, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is an expensive behemoth of a tablet with a vast amount of features that will benefit only the most serious of tablet users. Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get. With everything that was great about the HDX 7 and more, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 isn't just a great value, it sets the standard for a media consumption tablet.

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Weight 2 lbs
1 lbs
1.65 lbs
0.64 lbs
13.2 oz
Height 6.8 in
9.4 in
8.03 in
7.9 in
6.2 in
OS provided Info unavailable Apple iOS
Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito"
RAM installed size 4 GB
Info unavailable 3 GB
16 GB
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Clock speed Info unavailable Info unavailable 1.9 GHz
Info unavailable 2.2 GHz
Wireless connectivity Info unavailable Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth LE
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
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