iPad Air vs. Surface 2 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1

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It's a tablet takedown: CNET pits the newly announced iPad Air against the Microsoft Surface 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

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During a San Francisco press conference today, Apple took the wraps off its newest iPad Air tablet. Sporting a more powerful 64-bit A7 processor, narrower bezels and a thinner 7.5mm profile, the iOS 7 device features incremental upgrades from its previous iteration and retains the familiar aesthetics consumers have come to expect.

And while it's obvious that this iPad is an improvement on the last, Apple isn't the only company out there making top-notch tablets.

From different mobile OSes to various display sizes, users can now choose from a bevy of tablet alternatives. To see how the new Apple iPad Air compares, CNET has compiled this chart that stacks it against other current front runners that were recently announced. This includes the Microsoft Surface 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition). Check it out below, and be sure to tell us what device you prefer in the comments below.

Apple iPad Air Microsoft Surface 2 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Dimensions 169.5mmx240mmx7.5mm 173mmx275mmx8.89mm 175.3mmx257.8mmx8.8mm
Display 9.7 inches; 2048x1536-pixel resolution; 264ppi 10.6 inches; 1920x1080-pixel resolution; 208ppi 0.1 inches; 2560x1600-pixel resolution; 299ppi
Operating system iOS 7 Windows RT 8.1 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
4G LTE Yes Expected early 2014 No
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0 v4.0
Rear-facing camera 5 megapixel; 1080p video 5 megapixel; 1080p video 8 megapixel; 1080p video
Front-facing camera 1.2 megapixel; 720p video 3.5 megapixel; 1080p video 2 megapixel; 1080p video
Processor Apple A7 (64 bit) with M7 motion co-processor Nvidia Tegra 4 Exynos 5420 quad-core processor
Storage and memory 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB 32GB and 64GB; 2GB RAM 16GB and 32GB; 3GB RAM
Expandable memory No Up to 64GB Up to 64GB
Battery life Up to 10 hours of video playback Up to 10 hours of video playback 8220mAh; up to 10 hours of video playback
Colours Black and white Silver Black and white
Price Wi-Fi: AU$598 (16GB), AU$699 (32GB), AU$799 (64GB), AU$899 (128GB) Cellular: AU$749 (16GB), AU$849 (32GB), AU$949 (64GB), AU$1049 (128GB) Wi-Fi: AU$299 (16GB), AU$339 (32GB); LTE: AU$439 (32GB) Wi-Fi: AU$498 (16GB), AU$TBA (32GB) 3G: AU$624 (16GB), AU$TBA (32GB)

Via CNET.com

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CurnsyC posted a comment   

From a price point the surface has done very well considering its a micro$oft product. But the note really has a nice specs list. The iPad for me was very much a disappointment. No real massive improvement to warrant the extra coin.


Harry4G posted a comment   

Specswise Note 10.1 is clear winner.What about app ecosystem for this 2560*1600 high resolution?price of Wi-Fi model AU$498 is correct?


B_Chapman posted a comment   

Ipad Air: 469g or 478g (4G model)
Surface 2: 680g
Note 10.1: 535g

Soo... The Note gets second place for weight, but with all the other specs I'd call this a win for Samsung.


BrianC5 posted a comment   

The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a unique capability: S-Pen, a pressure sensitive pen for drawing and handwriting.


melanthios posted a comment   

Weight is the pretty much the most important


AllanJ1 posted a comment   

You not included a weight comparison. Apple touts the Ipad Air's light weight as a huge selling point! "Take it everywhere!"


AdrianV posted a comment   

How much RAM does the iPad Air have?


EesK posted a reply   

Only 1 GB of Ram and considering it's running 64 bit it would need 4 GB Ram to use this feature. Go figure?Apple is really falling behind here.Sk


jkfaldu posted a reply   

so which is a good buy ,in terms of overall like speed,screen resolution , act apple iPad sir or galaxy note 2014 edition

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