Internally, the $499 iPad Air and the $449 Surface 2 are just as different as they are externally. As iFixit has shown in the teardown, the iPad Air has a minimal amount of circuitry inside. Like its predecessors, most of its internal space is taken up by batteries. The Surface 2 tablet is almost as spare in terms of circuitry (iFixit), but it does have a few extra bits so it can support the ports and card slots that Steve Jobs didn't see fit to add to the iPad.
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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."