Microsoft Surface RT  vs Apple iPad 3 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
7.8 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, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
8.4 Out of 10
As far as the battery life of the new iPad is concerned, I can say that the device pretty much lives up to Apple's ambitious claims.
by The Verge (Mar, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs 3

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad 3
9.4
BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 3
8.1
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 3
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 3
9.2
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad 3
8.4

Winner
Apple iPad 3 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 3  based on its graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs iPad 3

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Surface RT
994 ms
iPad 3
1,817 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Surface RT
1,751
iPad 3
2,727

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
iPad 3
6.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps
iPad 3
27.5 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

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Much faster javascript execution 994 ms vs 1,817 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
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
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
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Higher resolution front camera 1.3 MP vs 0.3 MP More than 4.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Mar, 2012 Release date 7 months later
Front view of Apple iPad 3

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Apple iPad 3

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Significantly faster graphics 6.8 fps vs 3.8 fps Around 80% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 8 hour 25% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Lighter 662 g vs 903 g More than 25% lighter
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1366 x 768 Around 3x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 263 ppi vs 147 ppi Around 80% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
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
Significantly thinner 9.4 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 30% 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
Supports voice commands Yes vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Smaller 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm Around 35% smaller

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs iPad 3 

7.0
8.4
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

6.0
8.0
Simple games like Angry Birds HD (£2.99) and Plants vs Zombies HD (£5.99) can prove better though, but Apple is truly becoming a serious player in terms of gaming.
iPad 3

Overall

7.3 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface RT  vs
iPad 3 
Size 10.6" 9.7"
Technology OLED TFT LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 2048 x 1536
PPI 147 ppi 263 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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 3 
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 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 5 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 662 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 8 hour 10 hour
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