Apple and Microsoft have a pretty well-established rivalry at this point. Microsoft dominated Apple in sales for a long time, but Apple managed to grab on to the mobile market and take hold of a huge share, one that Microsoft can only dream of at this point. Still, Microsoft has continued to prod and pick on Apple at every opportunity lately so it’s only right that the company’s most recent device, the Surface 2, is compared to Apple’s iPad. These are the flagship tablet offerings from both companies. How do they compare with one another? We put them head-to-head in a spec showdown to find out.
iPad (4th Gen.)
|Size||241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 (mm)||274 x 171 x 8.9 (mm)|
|Screen||9.7-inch LCD||10.6-inch ClearType Full HD|
|Resolution||2048 x 1536 pixels||1920×1080pixels|
|OS||iOS 7||Windows 8.1 RT|
|SD Card Slot||No||Yes|
|Processor||Dual-core A6X||Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+||Wi-Fi|
|Camera||Front 1.2MP, Rear 5MP||Front 3.5MP, Rear 5MP|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.0||Yes, version 4.0|
|Battery||11,560mAh (10 hours of use)||10 hours of use|
|Charger||Lightning connector||Micro USB|
|Marketplace||Apple App Store||Windows Store|
Apple and Microsoft are after different audiences with their tablets. The Surface 2 is targeted toward people with productivity in mind and comes with the computing power to run things like word processors and spreadsheets at the same time. With the Quad-cord Nvidia Tegra 4 and 2GB of RAM inside it, the Surface 2 has plenty of power to do that and more. It’s got the makings of a multimedia device, and the addition of a 1080p display furthers the possibility of using the Surface 2 for play as well as for work.
Apple’s iPad, on the other hand, thrives because of its ecosystem. It has a huge amount of apps available for it, a selection that blows away anything available through the Windows Store no matter how fast it’s growing. That gives iPad owners a bit more versatility as they can find apps that make the iPad capable of doing just about anything they want it to do. Additionally, with its beautiful Retina display and an operating system that runs smoothly, the iPad might not be as powerful as the Surface 2 but it still positions itself nicely as a device built for entertainment.
If you’re hoping to be able to travel with your tablet and get some work done, you’ll likely want to turn to the Surface 2 before the iPad because of its impressive internals and the incentives of Microsoft Office RT products and SkyDrive storage that are included with the device. If you’re looking for something that is going to be more of a distraction device, playing movies and games to keep you entertained on commutes, the iPad will serve you well. We suggest playing with both devices to get a feel for them and figure out what you’re going to get out of them before making a decision. You can get your hands on the Surface 2 starting October 22, 2013.