Microsoft Surface Tablet and Apple iPad 3rd generation - A comparison


Are you confused to buy upcoming iPad or Mircosoft Surface tablet? This article deals with the comparison between Microsoft Surface Tablet and 3rd generation iPad, and also gives pros and cons of each tablet with each other. After reading this article, you can take decision which to buy or which is better?

We know iPad is now leader in tablet market and recently Microsoft has announced its Surface Tablet to compete it with and to make unique place in tablet market.

Difference between Mircosoft Tablet and iPad


Processor Comparison

Microsoft surface tablet is going to be released in two different version. 'Windows (RT)'/'Surface' and 'Windows 8 Pro/Surface Pro'. The Surface/Windows RT will be equipped with Nvidia Tegra based ARM chip while Windows 8 Pro will contain Intel third-generation Core I5 processor. Thus, Surface is having low speed of around 1 GHz or 1.2 GHz compared to high speed of Core i5 processor having 2.5 to 3.5 GHz process speed. While iPad will be having Dual-core Apple A5X dynamically clocked processor having maximum clock speed of 800 MHz to 1 GHz.

Thus, Mircosoft Surface Pro tablet is better than iPad in terms of processor and its speed.



Size Comparison between Tablet and iPad

Surface and Surface Pro tablets will be having thickness of 9.3 mm and 13.5 mm respectively. Surface and Surface Pro will be having 676 g and 903 g respectively. While iPad is having thickness of 9.4 mm and 652 g weight. Thus by size, one can understand that iPad is light in weight and slim. So, iPad wins the race in size portability and handling.

Microsoft Surface Tablet Vs iPad: Comparison between Microsoft Surface Tablet & 3rd generation iPad

Display Comparison

Surface and Surface Pro tablets will consists of display screen with 10.6 inch clear type and will be of HD technology but iPad is having 9.7 inch Retina type in display category. Thus, resolution of 1280x720 for RT and 1920 x 1080 for Pro tablet and 2048x1536 for iPad third generation.

Though smaller in display size but by screen resolution iPad is better than microsoft tablets.

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  • Operating system comparison

    Surface tabet will be having Windows RT as operating system and Surface Pro will be having complete Windows 8 as operating system But iPad is having its own iOS version 5.1. A survey regarding Window as operating system Vs iOS as operating system, tells that Window is having good features compared to iOS. Thus, Microsoft surface tablet is a step ahead in operating system compared to iOS.



    Comparison between other features



    Have a look at the table shown below and compare the other features.

    Comparison between Microsoft surface tablet and Apple

    Conclusion: Microsoft Surface may be better than iPad


    From the above comparison, I would like to give more marks to Microsoft Surface tablet because of higher speed of processor. Second plus point is that it will be also used as tablet-cum-computer. Microsoft tablets will be having USB ports that will add more connectivity compared to iPad having no USB port. Windows OS will be having more features compared to iOS.


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