Comparing the Microsoft Surface screen to the competition

Comparing the Microsoft Surface screen to the competition
DisplayMate recently selected the Amazon Kindle Fire HD as having the best screen among the low priced 7 inch crowd. Now, DisplayMate has tested the display on three full-sized tablets, the Windows Phone 8 Microsoft Surface RT, the Android powered Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and the third-generation Apple iPad. The conclusion? It is hard to say. The Microsoft Surface RT screen reflects the least, and has better factory display calibration, but the text is not as sharp as on the the third and fourth gen iPad models and the color gamut at 57% means that the colors are not as saturated.  The sub-pixel rendering on the Microsoft tablet allowed it to beat out the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 when it came to text sharpness.

The Third-generation Apple iPad crushed the other two tablets with a 264ppi pixel density as opposed to 149ppi on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and the 148ppi on the Microsoft Surface RT. At least we can say that the Samsung tablet is a much older model, but surely Microsoft could have stepped it up with the resolution a bit.

The bottom line from DisplayMate is that the Microsoft Surface RT screen outperformed all full-sized 10 inch Android tablets with standard resolution, and had a better screen than the Apple iPad 2. But the third iteration of Apple's tablet has better color saturation and accuracy than Microsoft's tablet. If having a tablet that displays sharp text is important to you, it would seem that the third-gen iPad beats out the other two. If you are going to be using the tablet outside a lot, the Microsoft Surface offers better protection from reflections. For example, the third-gen iPad reflects 33% more ambient light than the Microsoft Surface, a number that rises to 41% on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1.

We would suggest that DisplayMate re-do the testing, replacing the older Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 with the new Google Nexus 10. This tablet has a screen that challenges the iPad with a 2560 x 1600 resolution and a 300ppi pixel density. The Samsung built 10 incher will launch tomorrow from the Google Play Store.

source: GizmodoAustralia, MicrosoftNews via WMPoweruser



1. MeoCao unregistered

MS took a page or 2 from Apple: MS declared that resolution is not important and even had a "research" to prove it. This is awfully similar to Apple's infamous "reality distortion field". Surface screen is simply disgrace considering the money MS asks for it. But may be users are not looking at the screen "the right way"?

2. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Surface RT < iPad mini < iPad 4< Suface Pro

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

All of those < Nexus 10

3. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

we must wait for surface pro

14. MeoCao unregistered

waiting is favorite theme for MS fans, now the talk is waiting for WP8.5 and next gen of Surface. And when those things arrive people will skip that and wait for the next next thing. It's waiting forever for MS.

18. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

An android fanboy cant talk to others about waiting, look at the updates roll out not good Do you like been the android version of the apple trolls

4. bomariam1

Posts: 43; Member since: May 08, 2012

Still I don't like the way w8 present the main screen. It seems that I won't change from note10.1 especially that we will get MS Office.

5. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Nexus 10 = Super PLS? Note 10.1 = PLS. Surface = PLS.

7. carlosechev07

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Please.. the screen on Surface are a really pixelated crap... it's not competitive for the money you are paying.. Please people, don't expend your money, compare before buy..!!!

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That's sound advice for people who buy tablets based purely on screen quality...

16. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

and by that i dont think you have used one

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Galaxy tab 10.1 is too old.... don't compare it with new ones..

9. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

@meocao The resolution matters till someextent that is why Apple came up with retina display. If u take a phone, we usually bring it to a feet closer n still ur eye cant detect ny more than 330 for a tablet its around 270 so they improve colour reproduction ,viewing angles etc. And THE TABLET SHOULD HAVE APPS FOR ITS RESOLUTION. Which only IPAD have almost 250K apps EXCLUSIVE. None can't beat that. In performance ipad has already beat nexus10 note 10.1 n ofcourse surface with a big difference. So I don't see a reason y to buy something other than ipad

10. SleepingOz unregistered

I kinda agree the ipad is one of the best tab out there. Hardwares and ecosystem are great but the reason why I won't be getting one is that iOS sucks!

15. MeoCao unregistered

iPad? forget it, there are Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

13. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Wait till nexus 10 is in market... Then I will come back and take a look... Come on those androids tabs r wayy too old....

17. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

at least you can increase the ppi from within windows 8

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