Microsoft Surface 2 vs Apple iPad: New Tablet Competitors; Specs And Price Comparisons

By Katherine Diaz, Crossmap On September 28, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2 is the newest addition of the Surface tablets, when it was introduced by Microsoft Monday. There are many competitors for this Surface addition, but no doubt the biggest competitor is the Apple iPad 4th generation. Let's take a look at the different specs of the two tablets.

What storage capacities does the Surface 2 come in? The new Surface 2 is available in either 32 GB or 64 GB, while the Apple iPad 4 is available in 3 storage capacities: 16 GB, 32GB, AND 64 GB.

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Another difference of the storage in the two tablets is that the Surface 2 allows consumers to expand storage through the microSD card slot. The iPad however doesn't include this handy feature, even though many consumers have been requesting a similar expandable storage.

When it comes to the weight battle, Surface 2 is less than 1.49 pounds, which makes it almost half an ounce heavier than the Apple iPad, which weighs only 1.43 pounds. Even though the Surface 2 is heavier, it is thinner, measuring only 0.35-inch in thickness while  the Apple iPad has a 0.37-inch thickness. The Microsoft Surface 2 noticeably offers a larger display, with a 10.6-inch screen.

A built-in feature that the iPad doesn't offer, but is available in the Surface 2, is the addition of a built-in kickstand. The kickstand allows consumers to position the Surface into a laptop-like set-up.

Microsoft now allows consumers to purchase two new covers: the TouchCover 2 and TypeCover 2. These are updated versions of the previous TouchCover and TypeCover keyboards. The covers now come with better typing accuracy and greater sensitivity. But this are just a few accessories for the Surface 2, while Apple allows for a sea of accessories for the iPad.

What are the prices? The Surface 2 sells for $449 with 32 GB of storage. The 32 GB, Wi-Fi only iPad sells for $599, with the 4G LTE comes with a  price-raise  to$729, through AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.

Which tablet is worth buying?