Microsoft Surface Pro 3  vs Apple iPad mini 

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
Even if you didn't use another monitor, the Surface's IPS display is one of the best I've ever seen on a small Windows computer.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
Released November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
7.8 Out of 10
At 308g it's twice the weight and then some of the iPhone 6, but compared to other tablets on the market (and combined with the aluminium chassis) it feels lightweight in the hand.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface Pro 3 vs iPad mini


Processing power and speed

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3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

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 mini

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface Pro 3
48.8 fps
iPad mini
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface Pro 3
107.5 fps
iPad mini
14.9 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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Much faster graphics 48.8 fps vs 3.4 fps More than 14.2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much more RAM 8 GB vs 0.5 GB 16x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Much bigger screen 12" vs 7.8" Around 55% bigger screen
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
Much higher resolution 2160 x 1440 vs 1024 x 768 Around 4x higher resolution
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
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 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
Sharper screen 216 ppi vs 163 ppi Around 35% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Newer Jun, 2014 vs Nov, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Side view of Apple iPad mini

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Much longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 3.77 hour Around 3.5x longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly lighter 308 g vs 798 g 2.6x lighter
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 (iOS 6) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Smaller 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm vs 201 x 292 x 9 mm 2.7x smaller
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 9 mm 20% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Surface Pro 3  vs iPad mini 

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 mini

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 mini 
Size 12" 7.8"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 2160 x 1440 1024 x 768
PPI 216 ppi 163 ppi


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


Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 798 g 308 g
Size 201 x 292 x 9 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Thickness 9 mm 7.2 mm
Battery life 3.77 hour 12.75 hour


Surface Pro 3  vs
iPad mini 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 8 GB 0.5 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 Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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