When placed flat on a table, the i Pad’s curved edge helped project audio toward us, rather than muffling it. The Surface's dual speakers are weaker than the i Pad’s single speaker.
Microsoft’s Surface comes loaded with Redmond’s tablet-specific Windows RT operating system.
The i Pad’s single speaker, located on the lower portion of its back panel, provided sufficient audio.
French Montana’s vocals were easy to hear with the volume turned up and the i Pad even produced a modicum of bass.
In our testing, however, Microsoft’s claims didn’t hold true.
When we zoomed in on the same article on the Surface and i Pad, text on Apple’s device was razor sharp, while text on the Surface was slightly blurred.
Sure, everyone wants a high-quality display for watching movies and a good selection of games, but business users need a solid productivity platform for getting real work done anywhere. The 10.6-inch Surface’s vapor-deposited magnesium frame is covered in a matte dark titanium-colored finish, which should shrug off nicks and scratches.
The Surface's unique flip-out kickstand is sturdy and functional, allowing the tablet to stand up on its own.
Measuring 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches, the Surface is just as thick as the i Pad.
The feature is perfect for watching movies while on the road or banging out a TPS report with one of the Surface’s optional keyboards attached.
Unlike the i Pad, Microsoft’s tablet offers users a full-size USB port, a micro SD card slot and an HD video port that can connect to either HDMI or VGA.
Surprisingly, the Surface’s 373 lux brightness rating was higher than the fourth-generation i Pad’s 346 lux rating, which means using the Surface outdoors in direct sunlight is easier than the i Pad.
With its class-leading Retina display, it should come as no surprise that Apple’s i Pad ran away with this round.
Swiping in from the right launches the Charms menu, from which users can search for apps and documents, Share information via social networks, access attached devices and change the Surface’s system settings.