Surface 2 vs. iPad 4th gen vs. Nexus 10


There has been some debate about whether it’s fair to compare the Surface to tablets such as the iPad. Some say it is more like an ultrabook than a tablet. The fact of the matter is Microsoft has created the Surface to compete with the iPad and other Android tablets, so that is exactly what we are going to do today. Here is our side-by-side comparison of the Surface 2, iPad 4th gen, and Nexus 10.

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All three of the devices above have relatively similar processors. The Surface 2 has a quad-core processor, which puts it in the lead, but the iPad and Nexus 10 are due for a refresh soon. For the time being Surface 2 wins on raw power, but very soon this will be a draw. In terms of memory and storage the devices are all on level playing field.


The Surface 2 may be the newest device in this chart, but it still has the lowest resolution. the Nexus 10 wins this round with an amazing 2560 x 1500 10-inch display. The iPad and Surface 2 displays are certainly nothing to scoff at, but they won’t look as nice as the Nexus 10.


The Surface 2 is smack dab in the middle of the pricing comparisons. Sitting at $450 it is $50 cheaper than the iPad and $50 more expensive than the Nexus 10. For a tablet that lets you do more than just play games and watch movies that’s a pretty good deal. Who do you think wins in this comparison? Are you getting the Surface 2?

  • Atticus Daniel

    How is storage a draw when the Surface has a USB port? The Nexus 10 does have a mini USB so I guess you could call that a draw but you have to use an app to access your files.

  • Billscarnage

    Well, if the Surface g2 has the micro-sd slot still the clear winner for storage would be surface. I haven’t seen anything about that yet.

  • Atticus Daniel

    I said USB not micro-sd slot. The Nexus 10 has a mini-USB port and the Surface 2 and a USB 3.0 port.

  • Donovan Shore

    Hardcore Android guy here but I do agree that IF I was choosing between these then the Surface would have my money. Kudos MS for a great product. But the other side is I have yet to really get any hands on time with the device. But, I am extremely interested in it.


    The ‘mini display port’ is on the pro, the RT/2 has a micro-hdmi port (you can buy a non MS for $10)

  • Will Turner

    Nexus 10 resolution is 2560 x 1600, not 1500.

  • Atticus Daniel

    The current Nexus 10 also has the mini HDMI port. It’s great for playing games or watching video on the TV


    I know (it’s micro, not mini btw), but my point was that in the table it says mini display port on the Surface RT instead of micro HDMI