Microsoft is coming out with Windows 8 ( Windows on ARM) tablets in October this year. Apple launched its new iPad on March 16. Hereunder is a feature-by-feature comparison of the two platforms:
New iPad: New iPad uses the icon-based iOS 5 home screen. It has utilities like Notification Center and alerts about email and social media messages at the top of the screen. There are one-touch links to services like Twitter, Newsstand, and iMessage.
Windows 8 tablets: Windows 8 tablets will be different from any other tablet available in the market. They will feature Microsoft’s touch-friendly Metro interface, inherited from Windows Phone 7. The hallmark of Metro is Live Tiles, blocks that provide message notifications and single-click access to preselected apps and services.
(b) DISPLAY SIZE
New iPad: The new iPad is 9.7-inches which is the standard size for all iPads.
Windows 8 tablets: Microsoft stated that common sizes for Windows 8 start at 10.1 inches and range to 12 inches.
(c ) DISPLAY RESOLUTION
New iPad: The new iPad inherited the Retina Display technology from the iPhone. Through a combination of high resolution (2048 pixels by 1536 pixels, at 264 ppi), and technologies like oleophobic coating and in-plane switching, Apple has created a unique tablet display.
Windows 8 tablets: Microsoft has said Windows 8 will support multiple display resolutions on tablets, up to and even slightly beyond that of Retina Display. The company has confirmed that Windows 8 will support a display of at least 2560 pixels by 1440 pixels, at 291 ppi, on a 10.1-inch tablet.
New iPad: The New iPad is powered by Apple’s ARM-based A5X chip, which is basically a souped-up version of iPad 2′s A5. The A5X is dual core and runs at 1 GHz.
Windows 8 tablets: Microsoft has tapped three chip-makers Nvidia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm to produce WoA processors. All of them will produce chips based on the ARM reference design for Windows 8 tablets.
New iPad: The new iPad camera checks in at just 5 megapixels and has fairly limited optics. For HD video recording, output is increased from 720p to 1080p.
Windows 8 tablets: Microsoft’s wide ecosystem of hardware partners use a variety of camera technologies. It is likely that Nokia may use Carl Zeiss optics for Windows 8 tablets.
(f) BOOT TIME
New iPad: Apple has not released an official boot time for new iPad, but users says it takes 30 seconds for the new iPad to boot up, compared to 25 second for iPad 2.
Windows 8 tablets: Windows 8 systems will fully boot in eight seconds.
New iPad: Apple and third-party developers have to date produced more than 200,000 iPad-specific apps.
Windows 8 tablets: Microsoft has adopted Apple’s closed-loop approach for WoA apps. They’ll only be available preinstalled, or as downloads from the new Windows Store. Microsoft has taken this approach to ensure that its tablets have the same ecosystem stability and security as iPad.
The killer app for Windows 8 tablets could be the new, touch-enabled version of Office, Office 15, which will come pre-installed on every WoA tablet. It’s likely that Skype will be offered as a preinstalled app on many Windows tablets. And for tablets aimed at business users, Office 365 may be an option.
( i) PRICE
New iPad: Apple’s latest tablet starts at $499 for a 16-GB, Wi-Fi only model, and ranges all the way up to $829 for a 64-GB model with Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity.
Windows 8 tablets: This is an unknown at present, but Microsoft is likely to ensure a competitive price.