Microsoft Surface vs New iPad
It’s the first foray into the tablet world for Microsoft with the Surface tablet and its main challenger is possibly the new iPad. Could this be the new PC vs Mac grudge match?
On a tablet, the screen is all important and they don’t come much better than the new iPad. Apple calls it 'resolutionary', we call the 9.7-inch screen that supports a 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) and it is the best screen we've seen on a tablet. The Microsoft Surface Pro it’s a larger screen at 10.6-inches on the Pro and RT models with what Microsoft are calling a Clear Type HD display.
NVIDIA has announced that its chip will be used in the Surface Pro model and it will be a TEGRA but no official news on the power but it’s likely to be the quadcore Tegra 3. The new iPad comes with the A5X and runs a quad-core graphics chip.
It’s a mixed bag when it comes to weight the new iPad is heavier than the Surface RT at 680g compared to 676g but lighter than Surface Pro that comes in at a heavy-weight 903g.
Connectivity is a win for the iPad. It likely that neither the Surface RT nor the Pro will not be available in a 3G version for the moment, leaving the new iPad unchallenged in non-wifi connectivity and its now added LTE and HSDPA+ for us in the UK.
The price is where it should get interesting but not quite yet as Microsoft hasn’t officially announced what price-point the Surface will come in at but we’re promised it’ll be competitive. Apple has stuck with the same price as the iPad 2, prices start at a pricey £399 for the basic model.