Microsoft Surface RT  vs Apple iPad 2 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
7.9 Out of 10
The tablet scored 922 on the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark (an excellent score) and it feels quite responsive overall.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2012)
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Released March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
7.9 Out of 10
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

Surface RT
10.0
iPad 2
8.8
Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 2
6.6
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 2
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 2
9.1
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad 2
7.9

Winner
Microsoft Surface RT 

TabletRocket recommends the Microsoft Surface RT  based on its performance.

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

iPad 2
8.9

Apple iPad 2 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 2  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs iPad 2

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Surface RT
994 ms
iPad 2
1,808 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
iPad 2
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps
iPad 2
14.8 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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Much faster javascript execution 994 ms vs 1,808 ms More than 45% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
More RAM 2 GB vs 0.5 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Much faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 9.7" Around 10% bigger screen
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1 GHz 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Higher resolution rear camera 2 MP vs 0.92 MP Around 2.2x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Higher resolution front camera 1.3 MP vs 0.3 MP More than 4.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Sharper screen 147 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 10% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly higher resolution 1366 x 768 vs 1024 x 768 Around 35% higher resolution
Front view of Apple iPad 2

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 2

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Faster graphics 14.8 fps vs 11.5 fps Around 30% better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
Lighter 589 g vs 903 g Around 35% lighter
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 8 hour 25% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Much thinner 8.6 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 35% thinner
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
Smaller 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm Around 40% smaller

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs iPad 2 

7.0
8.3
The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad 2

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface RT  vs
iPad 2 
Size 10.6" 9.7"
Technology OLED IPS LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 1024 x 768
PPI 147 ppi 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

Surface RT  vs
iPad 2 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.3 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 0.92 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 None
Hdmi support 1 HDMI None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 903 g 589 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 8 hour 10 hour
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