We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Surface for Windows RT vs the iPad

Check out our comparison reviews for more

A Windows 8 tablet that's thin, light and easy on power consumption naturally invites comparisons with the iPad, so here goes.

Microsoft yesterday unveiled the Surface for Windows 8 device, a touch-screen tablet running Windows RT, the ARM-friendly version of Windows 8. See also: Microsoft Surface Tablet release date and specs.

Read PC Advisor's Microsoft Surface vs Apple iPad comparison reviews

See also: Microsoft Surface Pro vs Apple iPad comparison review

See also: Microsoft Surface RT vs Apple iPad comparison review

And: Microsoft Surface review

It differs from the new iPad in that it has an attached keyboard that doubles as a lid. The keyboard can respond either to gestures or, with the addition of a thin keyboard insert, to touch.

When configured as a notebook, the weighty part of the device is propped up by a kickstand that folds out of the back and the keyboard lies flat on the surface where the device rests.

Here is a feature-by-feature comparison of the two devices that is limited because Microsoft didn't release some key specs such as screen resolution, length, width, processor speed, cameras, etc.

Weight: Surface, 1.49 lb.; new iPad, 1.44 lb.

Display: Surface, 10.6-inch ClearType HD; new iPad, 9.7-inch multi-touch capable capacitive screen

Thickness: Surface, 9.3 mm; new iPad, 9.4 mm.

Processor: Surface, Nvidia Tegra-based ARM chip; new iPad, A5X dual-core 1GHz cortex-A9

Memory: Surface, 32GB, 64GB; new iPad, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

Battery life: Surface, 31.5 working hours; new iPad, 9 hours 3G, 10 hours 4G

Wireless: Surface, 2×2 MIMO antennae indicating 3G support; new iPad, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G

Business applications: Surface, some Office apps; new iPad, none

Price: Surface, unavailable; new iPad, $500-$829

Keyboard: Surface, Touch Cover, Type Cover; new iPad, on-screen touch keyboard


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite