Engadget Readers Choice Awards Microsoft Surface RT Tablet of the Year

Engadget readers choice awardsThis week Engadget announced their Readers Choice awards, no less than three Microsoft products were featured including the Microsoft Surface RT as tablet of the year

Engadget just announced their 2012 readers choice awards. I’d like to take a minute to look at each of the Microsoft products that earned an award. Yesterday I talked about the SmartPhone of the Year: Nokia Lumia 920. Today I’d like to talk a bit about the

Tablet of the year: Microsoft Surface RT

I bought a Surface RT when it first came out, and the number one question I am asked when someone sees it for the first time is what’s the difference between a Surface RT and an iPad. So I thought now would be a good time to point out some of the differences. This is not a complete list, but will give you a sense of how they differ.

You can see the specs for each device yourself by clicking on the headers for each column.


Microsoft Surface RT iPad
Weighs 1.5 lbs weighs 1.44 lbs
9.3 mm thickness 9.4 mm thickness
10.6” screen ClearType HD display 9.7” screen Retina display
Built-in kickstand No kickstand
8 hours battery life up to 10 hours of surfing web, watching video with wifi, 9 hours using cellular network
USB 2.0 Port No USB
Micro HDMI Connector Lightning Connector
micro SDXC Card slot No SD Card slot
32 GB or 64 GB storage 16GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB storage
CPU: Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU: Dual core A6X with quad core graphics
2 microphones 1 microphone
stereo speakers 1 speaker
Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Accelerometer, GPS Accelerometer, GPS
Can connect to Wi-Fi Can connect to Wi-Fi and there is a model that supports Cellular data
Front & rear camera Front & rear camera
Compatible with existing Printers wireless printing requires AirPrint
Can have multiple users each with their own login Single user account
Supports RDP and remote apps no built in desktop virtualization
Snap (so you can have two apps running side-by-side) One app at a time
comes with Microsoft Office can use iWork or 3rd party apps
supports cloud based storage on SkyDrive which supports folders and can be accessed from any web enabled device supports iCloud which can be synced to Macs, iPhone, and iPads
Windows Store has apps (but not as many apps as iPad) has more apps than Windows 8 store
Comments (1)

  1. Eric says:

    How did the RT get the reward for 2012 as it was not released until Nov. 1st of 2012?

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