iPad Air vs. Surface 2 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1

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


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 0.29-inch 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 bevvy of tablet alternatives. To see how the new Apple iPad Air compares, CNET has compiled this chart that stacks it against other current frontrunners 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 fancies your interest the most.

iPad Air     Microsoft Surface 2        Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Dimensions9.45 x 6.7 x 0.29 inches;
1lb. (Wi-Fi only) or
1.05 lbs. (Wi-Fi and cellular)
10.81 x 6.81 x 0.35 inches; 1.49 lbs.9.57 x 6.75 x 0.31 inches; 1.19 lbs. (Wi-Fi only) or 1.21 lbs (Wi-Fi and cellular)
Display9.7 inches; 2,048x1,536-pixel resolution; 264ppi10.6 inches; 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution; 208ppi10.1 inches; 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution; 299ppi
Operating systemiOS 7Windows RT 8.1Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
4G LTEYesExpected early 2014Yes (global)
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Rear-facing camera5-megapixel; 1080p video5-megapixel; 1080p video8-megapixel; 1080p video
Front-facing camera1.2-megapixel; 720p video3.5-megapixel; 1080p video2-megapixel; 1080p video
ProcessorProprietary A7 (64-bit) with
M7 motion co-processor
Nvidia Tegra 4Exynos 5420 quad-core processor
Capacity16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB32GB and 64GB; 2GB RAM16GB, 32GB, and 64GB (global); 3GB RAM
Expandable memoryNoUp to 64GBUp to 64GB
Battery lifeUp to 10 hours of video playbackUp to 10 hours of video playback8,220mAh; up to 10 hours of video playback
CarriersAT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-MobileAT&T and Vodafone expected early 2014n/a
Available colorsBlack and whiteSilverBlack and white
PricingWi-Fi only: $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB), $699 (64GB), and $799 (128GB); Wi-Fi and cellular: $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB), $829 (64GB), and $929 (128GB)$449 (32GB) and $549 (64GB)$549.99 (16GB) and $599.99 (32GB)

Credit: Lynn La/CNET

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