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Apple iPad 4 vs Microsoft Surface RT

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Before taking our first snapshots, something in the back of our mind was telling us that we’d get better results with the iPad 4 – especially knowing that there’s a significant size disparity between their cameras. Rightfully so, that’s the case here, as the iPad’s 5-megapixel camera delivers the sharper looking details by far. However, it’s rather interesting to find that they both produce colors that are natural in tone and a balanced exposure. In low lighting situations, though, it’s again the iPad 4 getting the nods thanks to its superb handling of exposure to draw out details.

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Likewise, there’s no competition with video recording quality too, which is hardly a surprise knowing you get 800p recording on the Surface and 1080p with the iPad 4. Standing out the most is the iPad’s superior details, which demolishes the dull and soft tones produced by its rival. Additionally, there’s just a heavy presence of artifacting with the Surface when panning – making the iPad 4’s results far more pleasant.

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For the iPad 4, it surely makes good use out of the old adage of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Well, that’s plainly obvious seeing that it’s still sporting the same music player interface that was employed by the original iPad. Certainly, it’s functional in what it does, but it lacks the dynamic look of the Surface’s music player. Interestingly enough, the iPad 4’s single speaker actually pumps out stronger tones than the stereo speakers of the Surface – with the two producing pleasant tones that don’t have a hint of distortion.

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Mainly due to its 16:9 aspect ratio of its display, we undeniably prefer using the Surface for watching videos – even more when it supports a wide variety of video codecs out of the box. Of course, it’s still pleasant over on the iPad 4, but we’re left to deal with seeing those typical black bars above and below the video.

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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: 359; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:54 8

7. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Like always. Price, productivity.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:33 5

15. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 164; 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: 178; 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: 3991; 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: 455; 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: 631; 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: 164; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


are you reading another review

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 13:17 4

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; 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: 1580; 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: 1580; 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 24 Apr 2016, 15:45

48. lolmoi97 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Apr 2016)


Surface screen and os was s**t GO APPLE

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: 353; 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: 287; 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: 3725; 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: 3991; 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: 179; 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: 634; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


thats just the RTs but if compared to the Pro.

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