Comparison - Microsoft Surface RT vs Apple iPad 2
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus
13 July 2012 – The Apple iPad 2 may be dated but its hardware and software are still on par with the current generation of tablets. And with Microsoft jumping into the tablet market with its Surface tablets, we are looking at Microsoft’s ARM-based Surface RT against a discounted iPad 2.
The only similarity the tablets share is WiFi connectivity, and you will notice the subtle differences in screen sizes - the Surface RT has a 10.6-inch screen with 16:9 widescreen ratio compared to the iPad 2’s 9.7-inch Display. The RT’s ClearType HD sports 1366 x 768 display resolution which trumps Apple’s 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
Inside, the iPad 2 has a dual-core A5 1GHz processor along with 512MB RAM. While, the RT stands for the Surface’s ARM architecture powered by an Nvidia Tegra ARM processor. Microsoft’s tablet is powered by Windows 8, so in addition to the Metro UI, you can also use the same software you use on a desktop with the same operating system.
The iPad 2 comes with iOS 5.1.1 right out of the box, and is upgradable to iOS6 when the operating system comes out fall 2012. iOS 6 will introduce a redesigned Maps app, deep Facebook integration, and improved Siri functionality.
This time around the iPad 2 is thinner compared to the RT (8.8mm vs 9.3mm). However, the RT sports the tough VaporMg casing, and comes with a built-in kickstand that keeps the tablet propped up. Microsoft has also introduced the 3mm Touch Cover, which is a protective cover that doubles as QWERTY keyboard and trackpad.
As for the camera, the Surface RT comes with yet unspecified front and rear facing HD camera and the iPad 2 comes with a VGA front and rear camera. The RT comes equipped with a microSD slot along with 32 and 64GB internal storage. Following the launch of the iPad 3, Apple is only offering the 16GB variant of the iPad 2.
Other minor difference includes the RT’s full-fledged USB 2.0 port. Connectivity-wise, the iPad 2 is able to support HSPA for data connectivity.
Apple has cut the price of the iPad 2 to S$528, following the launch of iPad 3. Meanwhile, Microsoft has yet to announced the official pricing for the Surface RT, but sources from the Internet pegged the 32GB RT at USD $599 (S$761). So comparing the WiFi 16GB model against the RT, we have a S$133 or a whopping 25 percent between them.
One of the words you may not associate Apple with is ‘affordability’, but the iPad 2’s reduced price point makes it a sensible purchase if you do not insist on the latest and greatest. It is still a great ebook reader and you can enjoy content on its big screen.
Microsoft’s Surface RT on the other hand appears to be a sleek device aimed at mobile productivity. It runs on Windows 8, comes with a keyboard attachment and looks powerful enough to rival certain netbooks and ultrabooks.
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Apple iPad 2
9.7-inch screen + 1GHz dual-core processor + 512MB RAM + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + dual-camera + Apple iOS 5
Apple iPad 2 is the successor of the iPad that promises a thinner, lighter and faster tablet than the original iPad. The key highlights of the iPad 2 are the dual-core processor and dual camera. With the dual-camera in the iPad 2, users can use FaceTime to perform video calls just like the Apple iPhone 4. Unlike the original iPad, the iPad 2 comes in two colours, black and white.
The Apple iPad 2 has two variants, WiFi and 3G plus WiFi. Apple is currently offering the 16GB version of the tablet at S$528 for the WiFi only version and S$698 for the WiFi + 3G version.
WiFi + 10.6-inch ClearType HD screen, Nvidia Tegra ARM processor, front & rear facing camera, 32/64GB internal storage
Microsoft confirmed that it will be selling its own Microsoft-branded Windows 8 RT tablet under the Surface catalogue. Windows 8 RT denotes that the tablet will run on ARM architecture with the Windows 8 OS.
The tablet has a 10.6-inch ClearType HD capacitive Gorilla Glass 2 display, and has with an angled, all-magnesium VaporMg (pronounced Vapor Mag) case that weighs just under 676 grams, and only 9.3mm thick. The tablet is powered with an Nvidia ARM chip.
From the video preview, the tablet has a built-in stand, and a magnetically attached cover, which doubles as a keyboard and a multitouch trackpad. It comes in either 32GB or 64GB of storage. Connectivity options include HDMI, microSD, USB 2.0 and twin 2x2 MIMO antennas for WiFi.
Microsoft is saying that the Surface RT is coming 'fall 2012', which will most likely be the end of this year, and will unveil its pricing nearer to the availability date.
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