Tablet Comparison Table

The Apple iPad effectively had this market to itself for a year, but now there is a bewildering array of options to consider. To help you choose between the Galaxy Tabs and the Asus Transformer, or in this case thea Microsoft Surface or an Asus Vivo Tab, we have prepared a chart of specifications. At first, they can all look pretty similar, but some now have quite significant differentiators. To be honest, some also have significant problems.

Our comparison chart is split into handy tabs for you to compare similar tablet PCs side by side.


Most tablets are iPads - or they run some form of Android. But there has always been a demand for those running Windows. Microsoft announced Windows 8 in June 2012. It is meant to have a more tablet-friendly interface. At the same time, they showed off the Microsoft Surface. That's available now, but Microsoft are still promising jam tomorrow. But if you need to run a particular legacy application actually on something light, then you need to choose from these - or an ultrabook.

While you're here, check out our guide to Windows as a platform in this environment.

  Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Microsoft Surface RT Microsoft Surface Pro Asus VivoTab ME400C Acer Iconia W510 ViewSonic ViewPad 10  

Availability September 2013 October 2012 Q2 2013 February 2013 October 2012 October 2010 Availability
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro Windows 8 RT (No legacy applications) Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Pro Dual boot, Windows 7 and Android 1.6 Operating System
Display 10.6" 10.6" 10.6" 10.1" 10.1" 10.1" Display
Resolution ClearType Full HD 1920x1080 Stated as "HD Display"
( 1280 x 720?)
1920x1080 1366x768 1366x768 1024x768 Resolution
Apps Windows Store Windows Store Windows Store Windows Store Windows Store See notes Apps
Camera 720p Front and Rear Front and rear Front and Rear 720p 2MP Front / 8MP Rear Front 2MP
Rear 8MP with flash
1.3MP webcam Camera
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive multitouch Yes Touchscreen
Processor Dual Core i5 NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip Intel Core i5 Intel Atom Z2760 1.6GHz 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 Intel Atom 1.66Ghz Processor
Memory 4 GB To Be Announced 4Gb 2Gb 2GB 1GB Memory
Storage 64, 128, 256, 512 GB 32 - 64Gb 64Gb / 128Gb with microSDXC card slot 64Gb 64GB 16GB SSD hard drive + micro SD slot Storage
Bluetooth Yes 4.0 Yes Yes Yes (4.0) 3.0 Yes Bluetooth
USB Ports Full-size USB 3.0 Yes (2.0) USB 3.0 micro USB 1, via dock Yes USB Ports
HDMI output Mini DisplayPort Micro HDMI mini HDMI micro HDMI Via dock Yes HDMI output
WIFI 802.11a/b/g/n Yes (2x2 MIMO antennae) 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a 802.11 b/g/n WIFI
3G No No To Be Announced Some models Optional To Be Announced 3G
Battery 48W power supply 31.5Wh - but no word on how long this will last. 42 W-h 8.5 Hrs 9hrs - claims 18 hrs with keyboard 3200mah - 4 hrs Battery
Weight 898 g 676g 910g 580g 599g
1.2kg with keyboard
875g Weight
Flash Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Flash Support
GPS No Yes To Be Announced "Supported" A-GPS Only when booted to Windows 7 GPS
Comments Windows tablets in general are on offer in the shops, but few sell on Amazon. This is the most popular currently and it would appear at about number 30 in our Amazon Bestsellers list - but we only show the top twenty. Not generally well received especially as regrds not being able to run legacy applications.  

The most viable yet - much lighter than the others here and at what looks like it may be a subsidised price.

There is also an Asus Transleeve Bluetooth Keyboard for VivoTab ME400C

Feels plastic

The docking mechanism feels flimsy to touch.

Docking keyboard with USB, Ethernet and FineTrack pointing device

Intel chipset does not support later versions of Android. Not to be confused with the forthcoming 10pro. Comments


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Platform options (Operating Systems)

Android Ice Cream (or Ice Cream Sandwich)

No official announcement yet, but widely rumoured to be out in late 2011 and combine the capabilities of Gingerbread and Honeycomb, with dual core support.

Android 3 Honeycomb

Targeted for tablets. Formally released with Motorola Xoom February 2011: now improved to become 3 .1.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Available since December 2010. Does not support dual core processors. Improvements to user interface, speed and battery life.

Android 2.2 Froyo

Available since May 2010 and finally became the most common version on Android smartphones in January 2011. Froyo supports Flash and will allow your device to work as a WiFi hotspot (if your tablet has 3G support, SIM card and contract.) The importance of these two features in particular makes anything running earlier versions seem a poor choice.


This is Apple's wildly successful mobile operating system. While it only works on Apple hardware and does not support Flash, it has withstood the attentions of more (and more demanding) tablet users than any of the alternatives.


The official Android Market now has 250,000 apps (May 2011). However, a number of tablets are not officially recognised by Google who appear to want all devices running Android 2.x to be fully functioning mobile phones, despite their size. As a result, many tablets are not officially permitted access to the market. In most cases, the manufacturer has added some sort of library of their own. Generally, these aren't very successful. However, the more ambitious user can follow reasonably simple instructions to download an unofficial copy of the Android Market and install it. This market should work properly, giving you access to free and paid apps and taking your money in the normal way. However, paid apps are not available in all countries.

Until recently very few of the apps available were optimised for Honeycomb. Developers of the most popular apps, however, have taken the time to optimise their apps: one compendium estimates that there are around 400 apps optimised for Honeycomb (August 2011). It was also recently announced that Honeycomb 3.2 will feature a 'zoom-to-fill' compatibility mode, giving the users a chance to experience non-optimised apps in full screen.



29 January 2014

Added Microsoft Surface 2 Pro

4 April 2013

Added Microsoft Surface RT and Asus VivoTab (Removed Asus Eee Slate EP121 and ZooStorm SL8)

10 October 2012

Added Microsoft Surface RT

10 May 20/11

More specs for Acer Iconia W500 added.

14 March 2011

bModo 12G added.

08 March 2011

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