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Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT

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Interface and Functionality:

Hardware aside folks, the biggest thing you’ll need to consider is to figure out which will be the more suitable platform experiences for you. On the iPad 4, we’ll give it credit for its simple and straightforward approach that enables first-timers to easily get themselves situated thanks to its low learning curve. However, it’s still lacking personalization to stand out against its rival, which is most evident by the typical and boring grid-like styling of its homescreen. Naturally, that’s not a problem with the Surface and its brand spanking new Windows RT experience, as it features a more snazzy and dynamic look with its live tiles. For a version 1.0 of a new platform, Windows RT definitely shows its worth against the iOS 6 experience of the iPad 4, but still, it needs further refinements to make it more complete. Case in point, iOS employs the better notifications system, but we do appreciate how the two takes care of quickly switching between opened apps with their specific gestures.

The interface of the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The interface of the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The interface of the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT

The interface of the Apple iPad 4


Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Interface of the Microsoft Surface RT


Placing our attention on their core organizer apps, we really can’t say that one tablet does a better job, but more importantly, Siri on the iPad 4 is there to help us in being organized – plus, she’s always great to answer simple questions, which is something that’s not offered by the Surface. Furthermore, since iOS is a mature platform, it benefits more with a ton of tablet-optimized applications.

Apple iPad 4 - Core organizer apps - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Core organizer apps - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Microsoft Surface RT - Core organizer apps - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Core organizer apps - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Apple iPad 4

 

Microsoft Surface RT

 

Core organizer apps


Sending emails is a breeze with these two, seeing that they employ very similar layouts and functions – meaning, there’s not one that’s delivering the goods over the other. Likewise, we can also say the same thing about typing stuff up with their respective keyboards, especially when they’re spacious and responsive. Yet, it’s worth noting that the Surface also has handwriting recognition as an option too.

The keyboard of the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The keyboard of the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The keyboard of the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
The keyboard of the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT

The keyboard of the Apple iPad 4


On-screen keyboard of the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
On-screen keyboard of the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
On-screen keyboard of the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT

On-screen keyboard of the Microsoft Surface RT



Processor and Memory:

If we were to base everything purely by their specs sheet and nothing more, most people would assume that the Surface is getting more bang for the buck with its beefier specs. Ticking inside of the Surface is a quad-core 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, while the iPad 4 is running a dual-core 1.4GHz Apple A6X processor with half the RAM at 1GB. Without a doubt, the thing that counts most to most people is their real-world performance, and not surprisingly, they perform in the same manner. Specifically, that entails smooth operations with nearly all basic tasks – so there’s not one showing us that it’s the better performer. Additionally, we can see their processing prowess in other intensive tasks, like playing 3D games.

Checking out the base versions of the two tablets, which are priced at $500, the Microsoft Surface seems to have the edge with its 32GB of storage – with the iPad 4 at 16GB, though, it’s also available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. However, the microSD card slot put into the Surface is a huge benefit, as well as having that USB port to connect flash drives and external drives.


Internet and Connectivity:

Honestly, you can’t go wrong surfing the web with either tablet, since they feature smooth navigational controls and fast page loads – albeit, we notice that the iPad 4 is faster with its rendering. Frankly, they’re more than suitable for our general web surfing needs, but considering that the Surface also packs the standard desktop version of Internet Explorer 10, we find it more beneficial with other tertiary things that tablet browsers are unable to accomplish – such as being given the option to attach ANYTHING stored locally on the tablet when sending an email.

Safari on the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Safari on the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Safari on the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Safari on the Apple iPad 4 - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Safari on the Apple iPad 4


Internet Explorer 10 on the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Internet Explorer 10 on the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Internet Explorer 10 on the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT
Internet Explorer 10 on the Microsoft Surface RT - Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT

Internet Explorer 10 on the Microsoft Surface RT


Currently, the Surface is only made available in Wi-Fi form, while the iPad 4, as we’re all aware, is outfitted with various cellular connectivity – like having models that support the LTE networks of AT&T, Verizon, and most recently, Sprint. In addition to Wi-Fi, they both feature aGPS and Bluetooth 4.0.

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posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:24 25

1. mydi.maus (unregistered)


surface is the best,apple loose same ol rotten apple...

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:30 30

2. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I'm far from being an apple fanboy but how exactly did apple lose?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:32 1

3. VJo003 (Posts: 325; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


hahahhahahhahaa............

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:54 8

7. nobelset (Posts: 269; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Like always. Price, productivity.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:33 5

15. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


what price !!!

did you read the review

they are at the same price "500$"

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:35 5

16. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 139; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Actually at 500, you can't get the 32 GB version of the iPad

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:02 14

19. -box- (Posts: 3801; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Right. Also, no expandable storage, no factory keyboard option, and it's still just a ipod with a large screen.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 17:27

32. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


So...let's get a few things straight. You can pretty much use any bluetooth keyboard with the iPad. Apple even makes one.

Also...HD space? Check this out:

http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-US/support/surface-with-windows-RT/files-folders-and-online-storage/surface-disk-space-faq

If you are buying the 32GB version, it seems so much space is taken by the OS and preinstalled apps that you're only left with 16GB. Apple's OS is less than 1GB. So thankfully the surface does have expandable HD.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 20:11

44. bigdawg23 (Posts: 375; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I am not a fan boy of Apple. However an iPod is far from a large screen iPod. Apps on iPads are much nicer and offer a lot more. The use of Docs to Go is much nicer.

Now as for expandable memory most of the world needs around 32gbs. I have a GNote that has 16 plus 16 sd card. In my case it's not close to being full. I have a 32gb iPad which is pretty full because of movies and TV shows.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 15:10 3

26. pookiewood (Posts: 591; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


He Didn't say Lose, he said Loose. Loose! Footloose kick off your Sunday shoes!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:38 3

18. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


are you reading another review

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 13:17 4

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


All the way Microsoft Surface RT !

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 14:02 4

24. bensch (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


I am not an apple fan but I have to admit that the ipad seems like a very interesting product. The surface, however, would be my choice.
The article did not take into account the ipad's 4 monster GPU, which is a quadcore. It absolutely murders any other tablet on the market in terms of 3D performance. It even surpasses the new adreno 320 by many, many points.

But again, the surface wins in terms of every-day practicality. USB port, hdmi and 16:9 aspect ratio are the winners in this case.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:46 1

34. AnTuTu (Posts: 816; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Surface wins in productivity, design, platform, support, price, speed, multitasking, reputation and in every damn way.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 01:43 2

36. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Wins in platform? Support?
Big LOL to that

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 02:56 1

37. AnTuTu (Posts: 816; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Big LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL​L to you that you don't understand technology dude :)

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:52

35. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


That was a short video

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:41 4

4. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


For those of you who need one of the better displays, likes having an app store with hundreds of thousands of games and apps, simplicity and having 29 Gigs of memory when buying a 32Gb model, get an iPad 4. If you need productivity, break-proof design and a solid keyboard, and 16 gigs of memory instead of 32 GB, get the microsoft Surface.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:55 9

8. MEeee (Posts: 258; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


and if you want to save $100, get the Surface.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:41 4

5. Mfa901 (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


Where is the physical keyboard of surface

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:52 7

6. Ueliton (Posts: 34; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


This guy is the best reviewer PA has. By far! No sign of bias.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:58 3

9. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


iPad 4 is the obvious winner. It has much better specs.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:59 5

10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2192; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Clearly. Because better specs automatically equal a better device.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:03 3

20. -box- (Posts: 3801; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


If specs were everything, high-end Androids and Alienwares would win every competition they were entered in

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 15:58

39. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Don't know about alien ware in the specs department. but android usually beats in specs in the phone and tablet catagory.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 12:39

41. alfistas (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


Both Tegra and Exynos have proven inferior to Apple's offerings... The A6X though dual core is a far more advanced design. Thus performs better on pretty much EVERYTHING.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 12:43

42. alfistas (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


iPad 4 wins because it has MORE and BETTER software. It is an unfair comparison. We need to give Microsoft Developers at least 18 Moths to prepare good software titles for us... I only hope Microsoft continues to release their own Tablets. The surface is truly gorgeous!!

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 11:25

47. cccccc (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2013)


What are you talking about. . Microsoft doesn't make the third party apps for anything.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:13 2

11. pongkie (Posts: 502; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


thats just the RTs but if compared to the Pro.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:23 1

12. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


The Surface keyboard. The PHYSICAL keyboard. Where is it in this review?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:27

13. pongkie (Posts: 502; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


they have to remove it becuase it wouldn't seem "FAIR"

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:28

14. SpeakYourMind (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


I have the Windows RT tablet and already witnessed the crash screen. I wonder, it is inherited from the MS background OS's?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:37

17. pongkie (Posts: 502; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


what apps did you run?

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 12:46

43. alfistas (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


What do you expect from a brand new OS? Give it time and updates will sort out all your problems!

Common! Android has been around for 4 years and it still crashes like day 1!!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:50 1

21. Techsplash (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


i would prefer the ipad 4 over the surface because i need to have a cellular connection to surf the net as here in india wifi is only available in very very few areas.i haven't used wifi even once in my life.i even dont understand how it works so even the surface has a better os i would choose the ipad 4 over it.but of course others dont have this problem so they can choose what they want.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 13:18

23. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


i agree with you Techsplash.... am also from india &wifi hotspots can be found mostly in shopping malls....... so i prefer ipad4.... :)

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 15:03

25. devildantej (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


you could use the full usb port to attach the internet usb key I think

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 15:13

28. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


@devildantej: no idea whether that would work.... even in the review of Surface RT nothing about this was mentioned.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 17:13

31. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Dude get a MIFI and get a whole new experience from surface. Ipad is a total cheat from Apple. without jailbreak ipad would have been s**t

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 15:12

27. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


@devildantej: no idea whether that would work.... even in the review of Surface RT nothing about this was mentioned.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 15:22

29. cocote177 (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


The article doesn't consider some important features within the surface: full usb port, micro sd card lot, hdmi output, which are not included on the IPad.
The surface is a productivity tablet, and with office preloaded is a powerful tool for business, not only for pleasure.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 17:08

30. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Dont say much guys, surface is still the best tablet so far around the globe. ipad is nice and ok, but surface, i can't miss it. i love it so much.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 09:50

40. alfistas (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


So according to PhoneArena the only real looser here is Google... Hurray! At last logic prevails!!!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 01:25

45. EMOLOve1511 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I You are heavy multitasking user i should recommended MS Surface but you are normal user i think you should use apple ipad 4

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 01:33

46. EMOLOve1511 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


stupid keyboard....zzz....error grammar

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