Thursday, October 18, 2012

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT vs apple iPad 3

Surface with Windows RT and iPad 3
Microsoft officially announced two new tablets: Surface with Windows RT and Surface with Windows 8 Pro. Since the announcement, media and fans start to compare these 2 devices with apple's flagship tablet iPad 3 (new iPad). Here we made a list of comparison between Surface RT and iPad 3.
Surface RT with Type Cover keyboard
Surface with Windows RT
iPad 3 (the new iPad)
Windows RT
Apple IOS 6
10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches
1.5 pounds
9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 inches
1.44 pounds
10.6 inches, 1,366 x 768 pixels
9.7 inches, 2,048 x 1,536 pixels
Dual-core apple A5X
Expansion slot
720P rear and front-facing cameras
5.0MP rear-facing camera
VGA front-facing camera
Stereo speakers
Full-size USB 2.0
microSDXC card slot
Headset jack
HD video out port
Cover port
30-pin dock connector port
3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
Built-in speaker
WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Special features
vaporMG casing
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT
Retina screen
Siri, the intelligent personal assistant
$499 for 32GB (NOT include keyboard)
$599 for 32GB (Include Type Cover keyboard)
$699 for 64GB (Include Type Cover keyboard)
$499 for 16GB
$599 for 32GB
$699 for 64GB

Dimensions & Display
The new Surface RT tablet is larger than iPad 3 in dimensions but both of them have similar weight. The surface RT came up with a 10.6'' display in 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution. The iPad 3 has smaller screen, a 9.7'' one, but provides better visual quality for its higher 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution.

Operation System

The Surface RT is equipped with an OS called "Windows RT", a version of the Windows 8 OS for ARM devices such as tablets. What does RT mean? We don't know yet. It may probably just like "NT" or "XP" in the past. As to the iPad 3, it uses the newest OS from apple, the IOS 6. It's a little difficult to compare two different operation systems...

Storage & Expansion Slot

Both tablets provide 32GB and 64 GB versions. Besides, the iPad 3 has an entry level 16GB version with lower price.The Surface RT also supports expansion slot  while iPad 3 has none. So is it more reasonable to get a larger storage one if you want to buy an iPad 3?


The iPad 3 has 2 cameras. The rear one has 5.0 MP and the front one is a 2.0MP VGA. For the Surface RT, detailed information about cameras are not unveiled. What we know is that both of the cameras (rear and front) supports 720p shooting.


There are more than 70, 0000 apps available on the official apple app store, according to the reports on September 12, 2012. For the Surface RT, it has installed Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, convenient to view and edit Word/Excel/PowerPoint files for users. As to other software, well, the official Windows store is still under building.
Touch Cover Keyboard
The pricing strategy of Microsoft is interesting. If I have $499, should I get a 32GB Surface RT or a 16GB iPad 3? They are both attractive. For the 32GB and 64GB version, the prices of both are the same: $599 and $699. But if you're planning to get a 32 or 64GB Surface RT, the bundle will include a type cover with pressure-sensitive keys(priced at $130 if purchase separately).

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