Microsoft Surface Pro 3  vs Apple iPad 4 

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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 November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
8.9 Out of 10
The screen looks superb when flicking around the internet - be it text heavy sites or those filled with pointless photos of Michael Bublé being stalked by raptors, it all looks so much better than on previous tablets or smartphones.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface Pro 3 vs 4


Processing power and speed

iPad 4
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

iPad 4
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


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Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 

TabletRocket recommends the Microsoft Surface Pro 3  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface Pro 3 vs iPad 4

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface Pro 3
48.8 fps
iPad 4
17.3 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface Pro 3
107.5 fps
iPad 4
54.4 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 17.3 fps More than 2.8x 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
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 1.2 MP Around 4.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Jun, 2014 vs Nov, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

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Much longer battery life 11 hour vs 3.77 hour Around 3x longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Supports voice commands Yes vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Lighter 652 g vs 798 g Around 20% 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 4 

In contrast to the Surface RT's 1366 x 768 resolution display, this is undoubtedly sharper with its visuals, since every single detail has definition – whereas some jagginess was evident with the Surface RT's display.
Surface Pro 3

You can imagine that a device designed for internet browsing is only going to be improved hugely with the addition of a high resolution Retina Display - and you'd be pretty much bang on the money.
iPad 4


8.2 Out of 10
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface Pro 3  vs
iPad 4 
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 No


Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.4 GHz

form factor

Weight 798 g 652 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 11 hour


Surface Pro 3  vs
iPad 4 
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 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP


Has a GPS No No
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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