Microsoft Surface RT  vs Apple iPad 4 

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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
If you're willing to wait, the Microsoft Surface RT is an excellent tablet for productivity-oriented users and those who crave Adobe Flash Player support.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2012)
Released November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
9.2 Out of 10
Even now, the 9.7-inch Retina display on the iPad 4 is a marvelous thing to behold – mainly because it’s super detailed thanks to its 2048 x 1536 resolution, which puts up an admirable pixel density of 264 ppi.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs 4


Processing power and speed

iPad 4
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

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Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Apple iPad 4 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 4  based on its performance, graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Which tablet has better performance for the money?

iPad 4

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 iPad 4

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Surface RT
994 ms
iPad 4
850 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Surface RT
iPad 4

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
iPad 4
17.3 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps
iPad 4
54.4 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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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
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Slightly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 5% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

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Apple iPad 4

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Much faster graphics 17.3 fps vs 3.8 fps More than 4.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much faster web browser 2,495 vs 1,751 More than 40% better BrowserMark score
Longer battery life 11 hour vs 8 hour Around 40% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Lighter 652 g vs 903 g Around 30% 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
Significantly thinner 9.4 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 30% thinner
Supports voice commands Yes vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
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
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 4 

Currently, the Microsoft Surface is being made in 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wi-Fi form on.
Surface RT

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


7.3 Out of 10
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface RT  vs
iPad 4 
Size 10.6" 9.7"
Technology OLED TFT LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 2048 x 1536
PPI 147 ppi 263 ppi


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


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.4 GHz


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


Surface RT  vs
iPad 4 
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.3 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 5 MP


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 652 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 11 hour
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