Microsoft Surface 2 32GB vs 64GB review of storage potential

By Peter Chubb - Dec 2, 2013

When Microsoft released the Surface RT last year there was a huge dilemma as to which storage version to go for, the 32GB or 64GB? It’s easy to say just go for the larger model, but there are several factors to consider, with the main one being price because people not being able to stretch their budgets.

This is the same for this year’s model, as the Microsoft Surface 2 32GB vs 64GB debate still continues, and so we thought we would have a little review just to see what the general consensus is in regard to each version.

Believe it or not there will be some people out there who are under the illusion that the Surface 2 battery life could be affected by what size storage you choose, but this isn’t the case and you will still get around 10 hours for the 32GB and 64GB.

The only difference is with the price, as the Microsoft Surface 2 32GB costs $449 and the 64GB version will set you back $559.

Microsoft Surface 2 32GB vs 64GB

From what we have seen in forums, it seems that the 32GB is the more popular model because of the $110 saving. Okay, we know that you have to purchase a 32GB SD card, but they are very cheap and still leave you with money spare to spend on a Surface 2 accessory.

Some people do a lot from the cloud, and the free 200 GB storage for two years allows them to stream their movies and music without the worry of taking up valuable storage space on the Surface 2.

However, there are others out there who feel more is better, and would rather spend the extra, but you have to ask the question, is 64GB really needed?

You could argue that 32GB of onboard storage, 32GB external and 200GB cloud is more than enough. However, when you consider how long you will have the Surface 2 for, should you even worry about the extra $110?

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  • iPad User

    Do you have the link for the End of Life announcement or schedule from Microsoft regarding Windows RT?

    • iPad User

      Oh never mind I found it…

      • Wonton

        Which Ipad version do you have Ipad User?

  • Tim Jordan

    This Surface is not the Surface Pro so it is running RT which has a locked bootloader. That means that the hardware can not be provisioned to run anything other than Windows RT. This is a problem when RT reached end-of-life like XP is. Now XP customers can load Linux onto their old XP boxes and get new life out of the computer. With RT, at end-of-life the box will have to be thrown out. No recycling, no giving it to a local school as a Linux machine, no anything. Thrown out!

    • iPad User

      There is no EOL for Windows RT….

      • Tim Jordan

        The ISSUE is how the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot (protocol) v2.3.1 that Microsoft has mandated for all Windows 8 64bit systems illegally blocks boot loading software (such as FREE and legal Ubuntu) from being loaded unless a Microsoft or one of it’s affiliates (collaborators) has digitally sign (cryptographic signature) your code with their UEFI signing key (KEK certificate which is a DER encoded binary X509 v3 certificate) stored in the firmware.

        Why should Ubuntu developers or any other free software developer be held hostage and forced to PAY Microsoft any FEE for the right and privilege of running our own software?

        Not to mention there is no centralized signing authority to provide UEFI keys. Microsoft has made itself the only authority (gatekeeper) holding all the master keys.

        I want to point out there is NO such thing as “Windows Hardware” because Microsoft does NOT manufacture Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, Acer, Asus, MSI, VIA, HP, Dell, Celvo, Sager, etc… This is Microsoft extending its own brand (software) upon firmware, claiming it’s their platform. Why do the manufactures accept this theft of their hardware product?

        • Douglas Kirschman

          The vast majority of end users, including most business users, don’t mind lock in. MS was correct there.

          Where they went wrong was the lack of support for anything X86 based. People just couldn’t understand a version of Windows that can’t run their legacy apps.

          Tim Cook called it (the Surface) a flying car. He was right. Sure it does both the work of a PC and that of a tablet, but in its zeal to do it all, it did nothing really well.

    • Douglas Kirschman

      I’m sure there are millions of people just dying to load Linux on their seven year old HP Pavilion. They were CRUSHED when they found out they couldn’t do so on their Surface.

      Of course… millions of people didn’t buy Surface.

    • Wonton

      I still run XP on my old laptop. Do I need to throw it out?