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Microsoft Surface Pro vs iPad 4: Comparison Chart


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)
Screen Size: 10.6" 9.7"
Display: 1920x1080 2048x1536
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
Multitasking: FULL LIMITED
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
Bluetooth: 4.0 4.0
Accelerometer: YES YES
Compass: YES YES
Gyroscope: YES YES
GPS: NO 4G Version Only
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