Head-To-Head: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Vs. Apple iPad 4


The Display

Surface Pro 2 is built around the same 10.6-inch HD display as its predecessor. It's a 1920-x-1,080 10-point multitouch IPS panel with Microsoft ClearType sub-pixel rendering software at its back. At that size, the pixel count converts to just shy of 208 pixels per inch, well shy of Apple's Retina spec. Apple's 9.7-inch Retina IPS display cranks out 2,048-x-1,536 pixels, or 264 ppi. But hey, when held at an arm's length (which Redmond puts at 17 inches), it's impossible for the human eye to discern individual pixels anyway. By the way, Microsoft claims that thanks to some calibration and jiggering, its display is 46 percent more accurate than before. We'll have to take its word for it.