84 facts in comparison

Apple iPad Air 2vs Apple iPad Provs Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
65
points
Apple iPad Air 2
72
points
Apple iPad Pro
52
points
Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Why is Apple iPad Air 2 better than the others?

  • Weight
    ?

    444gvs713,786g
  • Thickness
    ?

    6.1mmvs6.9,8.4mm
  • Bluetooth version
    ?

    4.2vs4.2,4
  • Height
    ?

    169.5mmvs220.6,201.4mm
  • Video recording (main camera)
    ?

    1080 x 60fpsvs1080 x 30,1080 x 30fps
  • Width
    ?

    240mmvs305.7,292.1mm

Why is Apple iPad Pro better than the others?

  • Resolution
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    2732 x 2048pxvs1536 x 2048,2736 x 1824px
  • Screen size
    ?

    12.9"vs9.7,12.3"
  • Battery power
    ?

    10307mAhvs8600,5087mAh
  • Stylus included
    ?
  • Has NFC
    ?
  • Has a barometer
    ?
  • Has an ultra power-saving mode
    ?

Why is Microsoft Surface Pro 4 better than the others?

  • RAM
    ?

    16GBvs2,4GB
  • Pixel density
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    267ppivs264,264ppi
  • Has an external memory slot
    ?
  • Internal storage
    ?

    1000GBvs128,128GB
  • Has branded damage-resistant glass
    ?
  • Megapixels (front camera)
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    5MPvs1.2,1.2MP
  • Is a multi-user system
    ?
  • USB version
    ?

    3vs2,2

Price comparison

Design

1.weight

444g

713g

786g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
2.thickness

6.1mm

6.9mm

8.4mm

We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
3.Stylus included
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
A stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
4.height

169.5mm

220.6mm

201.4mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
5.width

240mm

305.7mm

292.1mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.
6.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.

Display

1.resolution

1536 x 2048px

2732 x 2048px

2736 x 1824px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
2.pixel density

264ppi

264ppi

267ppi

Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
3.screen size

9.7"

12.9"

12.3"

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
4.has branded damage-resistant glass
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
5.has an IPS screen
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
6.LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixels
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The device has an LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixel, resulting in sharp and crisp images. Pixels in some displays (like AMOLED) share one subpixel to preserve space. This can result in a less crisp, slightly blurred image.

Performance

1.RAM

2GB

4GB

16GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
2.has an external memory slot
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
3.internal storage

128GB

128GB

1000GB

The internal storage, also called read-only memory (ROM), refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
4.Supports 64-bit
Apple iPad Air 2 (Apple A8X)
Apple iPad Pro (Apple A9X)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit apps.
5.Has integrated LTE
Apple iPad Air 2 (Apple A8X)
Apple iPad Pro (Apple A9X)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The system on a chip (SoC) has an integrated LTE cellular chip. LTE is capable of downloading at faster speeds than older, 3G technology.
6.Has integrated graphics
Apple iPad Air 2 (Apple A8X)
Apple iPad Pro (Apple A9X)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.

Cameras

1.megapixels (main camera)

8MP

8MP

8MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
2.megapixels (front camera)

1.2MP

1.2MP

5MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
3.video recording (main camera)

1080 x 60fps

1080 x 30fps

1080 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
4.has a flash
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
5.has a CMOS sensor
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
CMOS image sensors are slowly replacing CCD sensors, due to reduced power consumption and better image quality. They can be very compact and cost relatively little to produce.
6.has a built-in HDR mode
Apple iPad Air 2 (iOS 8.1)
Apple iPad Pro (iOS 9.0)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.number of microphones

2

2

2

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
4.Has a radio
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.

Battery

1.battery power

8600mAh

10307mAh

5087mAh

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
2.has a battery level indicator
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
3.has a rechargeable battery
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
4.has wireless charging
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.
5.has a removable battery
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

Features

1.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
2.Supports widgets
Apple iPad Air 2 (iOS 8.1)
Apple iPad Pro (iOS 9.0)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Windows 10 Pro)
You can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
3.has NFC
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions.
4.is a multi-user system
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Windows 10 Pro)
A multi-user operating system allows multiple users to access the device. Each user has a dedicated profile with apps and data available only to them.
5.The browser has word wrap
Apple iPad Air 2 (iOS 8.1)
Apple iPad Pro (iOS 9.0)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Windows 10 Pro)
The web browser has automatic word wrap when zooming, the user can easily read long lines without scrolling horizontally.
6.Bluetooth version

4.2

4.2

4

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.

Miscellaneous

1.Has an ultra power-saving mode
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Pro (iOS 9.0)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The ultra power-saving mode, also called low power mode, is an effective way to extend the battery life of the device. Usually, it involves limiting screen brightness and contrast, disabling location services, restricting connectivity, and turning off nonessential apps.

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