Microsoft Surface RT  vs Acer Iconia W4 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
8.3 Out of 10
The solid build, kickstand, the associated rage of keyboards and big screen make it adept for both work and play, and it's the closest device we've seen to a true hybrid.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2013)
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Released October, 2013

Acer Iconia W4

  • 8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1
Front view of Acer Iconia W4
8.2 Out of 10
Its silver aluminum build keeps it lightweight, but it's also attractive.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs W4

Performance

Processing power and speed

Surface RT
n.d.
Iconia W4
n.d.
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Microsoft Surface RT 

TabletRocket recommends the Microsoft Surface RT  based on its graphics and reviews.

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Microsoft Surface RT 

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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs Iconia W4

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
Iconia W4
2.9 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps
Iconia W4
8.2 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface RT

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Has a Wi-Fi 802.11n vs None Most tablets have a Wi-Fi
Significantly bigger screen 10.6" vs 8" More than 30% bigger screen
Much faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
Has a light sensor Yes vs No Somewhat common; Automatically adjust screen brightness for environmental factors
Back view of Acer Iconia W4

Reasons to consider the
Acer Iconia W4

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Significantly longer battery life 10 hour vs 8 hour 25% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Much lighter 415 g vs 903 g 2.2x lighter
Much smaller Unknown x Unknown x 10.8 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 100% smaller
Supports voice commands Yes (Windows 8.1) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Significantly thinner 10.8 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 20% thinner
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 2 MP 2.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Sharper screen 188 ppi vs 147 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Faster processor 1.8 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Oct, 2012 Release date 11 months later
Higher resolution front camera 2 MP vs 1.3 MP Around 55% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs Iconia W4 

7.0
7.4
Again, one of the two 64GB models features an Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor, while the other runs on the faster i5 CPU.
Iconia W4

6.0
6.0
Pinch-and-zoom was fast and responsive, fonts rendered quickly, and sites filled the 16:9 screen to offer an excellent experience.
Surface RT

Overall

7.3 Out of 10
6.8 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface RT  vs
Iconia W4 
Size 10.6" 8"
Technology OLED IPS LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 1280 x 800
PPI 147 ppi 188 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v3.0
Supports 3G No No

processor

Cores Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.8 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No Yes
Has a light sensor Yes No

storage

Surface RT  vs
Iconia W4 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP 2 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 5 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 Micro USB
Hdmi support 1 HDMI Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 903 g 415 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm Unknown x Unknown x 10.8 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 10.8 mm
Battery life 8 hour 10 hour
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