Microsoft Surface RT vs. Apple iPad: Direct Competitors go Head-to-Head

 

Microsoft has already started accepting pre-orders for the Surface tablet running on Windows RT. And, as a result of this, we’ve already received some more details on the specifications we can expect to see in this latest offering from the Microsoft stables. Big screen, gorgeous colors, and the tiles of Windows, this tablet sure looks hip enough to capture our hearts. Today, we’re comparing how the Surface RT stands up against the iPad in terms of its tech specs.

Dimensions: The Surface RT does have a slightly bigger screen than the iPad at 10.6 inches, as opposed to the iPad’s 9.7-inch touch-screen interface. In terms of thickness though, they’re both identical, while the Surface RT’s slightly more elongated than the iPad. Due to its slightly larger screen, unsurprisingly, it does weight a tad bit more than Apple’s offering, at 1.5 pounds, while the iPad only weighs 1.46 pounds.

The internals: While the iPad is powered by Apple’s A5X dual-core processor, Microsoft’s Surface RT runs on a Nvidia Tegra T30 processor. The Surface RT has an edge over the iPad in terms of RAM, featuring 2GB of RAM, whereas the iPad has just 1GB of it. Coming to the resolution of the screen, however, the iPad is far better endowed with a 2048X1536 pixel resolution, against the Surface RT’s 1366X768 pixel resolution.

Connectivity: Both these tablets offer WiFi connectivity as well as Bluetooth 4.0 options, so in this category, they’re equally capable.

Camera: Microsoft has designed the Surface RT with an interesting choice for the cameras. It’s got two cameras, both with a 720p resolution which is just about adequate. While the iPad has a 1080p resolution camera in the rear, we find its VGA front-facing camera rather disappointing, especially considering just how important this camera is on a tablet, when it comes to making video calls.

Ports: The Surface RT is well equipped with ports and this is one key differentiator that could give it considerable edge over the iPad. The iPad comes with Apple’s minimalistic design, featuring just a 30-pin dock connector port, headphone jack, and a micro-SIM card tray in the 4G model. The Surface RT, on the other hand, has a full-size USB 2.0 port, a HD video out port, a headset jack, a microSDXC card slot allowing for storage expansion, and also a cover port.

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