In Pictures: App wars - Windows 8 Metro vs. the iPad

Microsoft's Metro environment in Windows 8 and Windows RT takes the iPad approach to apps, but is it better?

Clock: iPad wins (uncontested)

Before iOS 6, the iPad had no Clock app -- unlike the iPhone. Now it does, and that's a relief for when I travel, as it gives me an alarm clock I know how to use: no more hoping I figured out the hotel's clock alarm contraption. (Because I'm paranoid, I set it on the iPhone, too.)

You also get a world clock (done very prettily), a timer, and a stopwatch. Those are less useful on an iPad than an iPhone, but it can't hurt to have them.

Metro has no clock app, so you have to use a third-party option, your smartphone, or the hotel alarm clock.

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