The biggest differences between the Microsoft Surface Pro and the iPad 4 aren't visible in the specifications. While the Surface Pro is clearly the more powerful device in terms of CPU power and the amount of available memory for applications, the lighter footprint of the operating system and the single-tasking focus of the iPad make this most irrelevant.
As much an ultrabook as it is a tablet, the Surface Pro is able to run the same applications available for Windows 7. The iPad is the tablet that started the tablet movement, being better at providing a tablet experience with quick-loading apps priced well below what is found on the Windows platform, but for more powerful or complex applications, lacking the depth found on the Windows platform.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is aimed at enterprises wanting to integrate tablets into their business model without losing Windows compatibility. It will also appeal to the home user that loves their laptop, but wants it to act a little more like a tablet. Is the Microsoft Surface Right for You?
The iPad is aimed at those who want the full tablet experience, a lower priced alternative that provides all of the basic home uses of a PC along with gaming, entertainment and enough flexibility to run a small business or provide niche uses within larger enterprises. Is the iPad Right for You?
Microsoft Surface Pro vs iPad 4:
|Feature||Surface Pro||iPad 4|
|Price:||$899||$499 (16 GB Wi-Fi Only)|
|CPU:||Intel i5 dual core 1.7GHz||Dual-Core Apple A6X 1.4GHz|
|Graphics:||Intel HD Graphics 4000||PowerVR SGX543MP4|
|Memory:||4 GB||1 GB|
|Storage:||64, 128 GB||16, 32, 64, 128 GB|
|Software Compatibility:||Windows 7||iPad and iPhone|
|Camera:||720p front-facing, 720p rear-facing||720p Front-facing and iSight 5 MP rear-facing|
|Wi-Fi:||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|GPS:||NO||4G Version Only|