Surface RT vs. Android Tablet Comparison Smackdown

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We compare the specs - and other features - of the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT.

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)

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  • TAG : Surface RT 32GB z Touch Cover - 449.99 USD
  • The Surface RT and the Surface 2 feature Windows RT, a light version of Windows 8 designed for use on ARM processors. Windows RT offers a somewhat familiar Windows experience, centered around the Windows 8 Modern UI, and support for apps from the Windows Store, but it won't run legacy software from Windows 7 or Windows XP, and there's no support for current x86 programs. The new Surface 2 and the older Surface RT (starting Oct. 22) will be sold with the updated Windows RT 8.1, which incorporates many of the interface tweaks seen in on laptops and desktops.

    The app selection through the Windows Store is also significantly improved since the debut of the Surface RT a year ago. The Windows Store now boasts some 100,000 apps, including Windows RT versions of many of the most popular iOS and Android apps, as well as RT-friendly versions of many Windows programs. The app selection is constantly evolving, but because the same apps and services are available on both models of Surface, it isn't really a differentiator.

  • Microsoft also updated the for the Surface, including the flexible keyboard covers - you know the ones, seen snapping into place during complex dance numbers in all of those Surface ads. That magnetic docking connection is just as sturdy and impressive as it ever was, but the keyboards are improved thanks to even slimmer designs and enhanced sensitivity. While the new covers look great, they are also backwards compatible with the Surface RT.

    Looking at the old and new Surface tablets solely in terms of hardware and performance, it's easy to say that the Surface 2 looks to be the better of the two. With a slimmer, lighter design, better hardware and a number of new features and services, it appears to handily top last year's Surface RT.

    Surface 2 Surface RT
    OS Windows RT 8.1 Windows RT
    (Upgradeable free)
    Dimensions 10.81 x 6.79 x 8.89mm 10.81 x 6.77 x 9.4mm
    Weight 676g 680g
    CPU NVIDIA Tegra 4, 1.7GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1.3GHz quad-core
    RAM 2GB 2GB
    Storage 32GB / 64GB 32GB
    Available Storage 17GB / 46GB 15GB
    Front Camera 3.5MP 1.2MP
    Rear Camera 5MP 1.2MP
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
    USB 3.0 2.0
    Active Battery Life 8 hours 10 hours
    RRP US$449 / $549 US$349

  • Surface Pro

    Surface RT

    Which version of Surface is right for me?

    A powerful PC with the application support and security features you've come to expect from Microsoft.

    Buy this version if you need to use Windows 7 software and the ability to connect to a work or school network.

    An ultra-thin and light "take anywhere" design with all-day battery life (up to 8 hours). Light, loaded, and ready to work when you are.

    Buy this version if you want to enjoy the best of the Windows Store, plus the newest version of Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview2 for getting things done with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.

    What types of things can I do with this version of Surface?

    Use the most powerful version of Surface to run full versions of software desktop applications and apps from the Windows Store. Surface Pro also includes a pen.

    Get up to 8 hours of battery life and Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote).

    What are my storage options? 6
  • 64 GB (with approximately 29 GB available for user content)
  • 128 GB (with approximately 89 GB available for user content)

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  • 32 GB (with approximately 16 GB available for user content)
  • 64 GB (with approximately 45 GB available for user content)

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  • Touch vs. Type Cover

    Touch Cover is an amazingly thin and ultra-light dual keyboard cover, with a spill-resistant surface, it comes in several vibrant colours to express your personal style.

    Type Cover has a full row of function keys, and marries the comfort and speed of a traditional laptop keyboard with an incredibly thin form factor so you can be productive anywhere, anytime.

    Equipped with a 31.5 Wh battery, the original Surface RT had a claimed battery life of 8 hours for mixed activity, which equated to 7 hours 45 minutes in our video rundown test. Thanks to the new energy-efficient hardware, Microsoft claims that the new Surface 2 will provide up to 10 hours of battery life during video playback, which we haven't yet had a chance to confirm with testing in the PC Labs.

Surface RT 64GB z Touch Cover - 549.99 USD

Microsoft Surface RT was released late in 2012 and was the poster boy for , the version of Windows 8 designed for ARM-powered systems. This is a cut-down version of the full operating system.