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Windows Surface Tablet vs iPad 3 Comparison

On Monday Microsoft announced the new Microsoft Surface tablets to the world.  Click the image above for a video of the event.
There are a number of good articles covering the details and speculation about the price and specifics.  I put together the table below to compare the Microsoft Surface specs to the Apple iPad 3.
Windows Surface vs. Apple iPad 3

The pricing estimates above are based on Microsoft’s statement that the Windows RT version of Surface would cost about the same as comparable slates. Surface Pro would be priced similar to comparable competitive Ultrabook PCs.
Microsoft Surface Microsoft Surface Pro Apple iPad 3
OS Windows RT Windows 8 Pro IOS 5.1.1
Light 1 676 g 903 g 652 g (Wi-Fi) & 662 g (Wi-Fi/3G)
Thin 2 9.3 mm 13.5 mm 9.4 mm
Processor nVidia Tegra ARM ? Intel Core-i5 ? Dual-core Apple A5X with integrated quad-core graphics
Clear 10.6” ClearType HD Display with Gorilla Glass 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display with Gorilla Glass 9.7″ Retina LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch
Resolution ≥1280×720 ? ≥1920×1080 ? 2048×1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
Energized 31.5 W-h 42 W-h 42.5 W-h
Connected microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae 30-pin dock connector port, Bluetooth 4.0, PiFA integrated antenna
Productive Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block Smart cover, 3rd party keyboards
Practical VaporMg Case & Stand VaporMg Case & Stand n/a
Configurable 32 GB, 64 GB 64 GB, 128 GB 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Cost ~$600-$700 (estimate) 3 ~$1000-$1100 (estimate) 3 $499-$599-$699 (Wi-Fi only) & $629-$729-$829 (Wi-Fi/3G)