Microsoft Surface Pro 3  vs Apple iPad 3 

Released June, 2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

  • 12"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 3
8.3 Out of 10
Although browser benchmarks don't always reflect the performance you see when browsing real websites, JavaScript performance in IE 11 on Surface 2 (as measured by the SunSpider benchmark) beats every other tablet significantly (and even the iPhone 5s with its new 64-bit processor), thanks to the GPU acceleration Microsoft has perfected.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Released March, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
8.1 Out of 10
The other big boon of the iPad 3G is that you get GPS capabilities, so you'll get a better experience in, say, Google Maps and geo-tagged tweets, for example.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface Pro 3 vs 3


Processing power and speed

iPad 3
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface Pro 3 vs iPad 3

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface Pro 3
48.8 fps
iPad 3
6.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface Pro 3
107.5 fps
iPad 3
27.5 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Reasons to consider the
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Much faster graphics 48.8 fps vs 6.8 fps Around 7.2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much more RAM 8 GB vs 1 GB 8x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
Significantly bigger screen 12" vs 9.7" Around 25% bigger screen
Significantly faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1 GHz 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Windows) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Significantly higher resolution front camera 5 MP vs 0.3 MP Around 16.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Jun, 2014 vs Mar, 2012 Release date over 2 years later
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Significantly longer battery life 10 hour vs 3.77 hour Around 2.8x longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Supports voice commands Yes vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Lighter 662 g vs 798 g More than 15% lighter
Sharper screen 263 ppi vs 216 ppi More than 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Smaller 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm vs 201 x 292 x 9 mm More than 20% smaller

Reviews Word on the street

Surface Pro 3  vs iPad 3 

The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad 3

More importantly, the advantages Windows RT brings to the table aren’t exclusive to Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and with some ‘full-fat’ Windows 8 tablets offering a similar feature set at around the same price, we can’t say that Surface is blowing us away.
Surface Pro 3

But Windows 8 and Windows RT didn't have a fraction of the iOS and Android apps, the kickstand didn't always hold it up in your lap and not everyone like Windows 8 enough to see Surface as a real iPad competitor.
Surface Pro 3


8.2 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface Pro 3  vs
iPad 3 
Size 12" 9.7"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 TFT LCD
Resolution 2160 x 1440 2048 x 1536
PPI 216 ppi 263 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 798 g 662 g
Size 201 x 292 x 9 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 9 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 3.77 hour 10 hour


Surface Pro 3  vs
iPad 3 
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 8 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 5 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP


Has a GPS No Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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