We pit the latest iOS 6 device against the first tablet from Microsoft, which runs the Windows RT OS.
Microsoft is playing catch up to Apple in the tablet market, and to kickstart adoption of its latest operating system, Redmond has decided to make its own tablet too.
Both devices run on mobile operating systems - the iPad ships with iOS and Surface RT uses the newly launched Windows RT. This means they rely on apps and the internet for functionality. Starting prices are the same at £399 - but it's the connectivity and the ecosystem where there is a major difference.
If you're undecided about which device to plump for check out the key specifications and our initial thoughts:
So what do we think about the devices? Check out IT Pro's initial verdict