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The folks over at Gizmodo shared an excellent article from DisplayMate comparing the displays of the new Microsoft Surface RT tablet and several version of the iPad. Their "display shootout" is very detailed and thorough. In the end, the Surface RT display actually outperforms the iPad 2 in all categories but one, and equals or exceeds the iPad 3 in all categories but two. Those two categories were pretty important subjectively however. Overall, the iPad 3 wins out, but the Surface RT really held its own and trumped the iPad in several categories like low screen reflectance. It lost out to the iPad 3 in resolution and color gamut. Here's a couple of quotes with their conclusions, but definitely give their full article a read because they also compare the Surface RT versus the Android competition as well,
Here's their conclusion regarding the iPad,
The Surface RT out performs the display on the iPad 2 across the board except for the Color Gamut. The Surface RT is comparable or better than the iPad 3 in all test categories except two: Screen Resolution and Color Gamut. The iPad 3 has a much higher resolution of 2048x1536 and a much larger 99 percent Color Gamut. In terms of visual sharpness, the Surface RT with ClearType Sub-Pixel Rendering improves text sharpness significantly so that it is significantly sharper than the iPad 2, but not as sharp as the iPad 3. In terms of the Color Gamut, the new iPad 3 has significantly better color saturation and color accuracy. While the Surface RT Color Gamut is similar to the iPad 2, the iPad 2 has somewhat better color saturation because of its steeper Intensity Scale and Gamma (as explained in Figure 3 below).
Here's their overall conclusion,
The display on the Microsoft Surface RT outperforms all of the standard resolution full size 10 inch Tablets that we have tested in our Display Shoot-Out series. The Lab tests and measurements documented in the Shoot-Out Comparison Table below indicate that Microsoft has paid a lot of attention to display performance for the Surface RT. In particular, on-screen text is significantly sharper, it has a better factory display calibration, and also significantly lower screen Reflectance than the iPad 2 and all full size 1280x800 Android Tablets. But it is not as sharp as the iPad 3 or 4, nor does it have their large full Color Gamut. We’ll have to wait for the high resolution Windows Pro Tablets that will be launching in early 2013 for direct comparisons with the high resolution iPads and Android Tablets. This is a great start for Windows Tablets and brings much needed competition to the Tablet marketplace. In addition, many other manufacturers will be launching their own branded Windows RT and Pro Tablets – we’ll include the best of them in future Mobile Display Shoot-Outs.
It's pretty exciting to see that Microsoft has put forth the effort to make the display high quality. We can't wait to get our hands on one!