It is possible for the IT admin to configure Cisco AnyConnect in such a way that Windows RT can connect, but it requires weakening security in ways that negate the point of using AnyConnect in the first place. For now, though, the simple fact is that Cisco does have an AnyConnect app available for the iPad (as well as the iPhone, and Android tablets and smartphones), but there isn't one for the Surface RT.
Yes, it looks ridiculous when someone holds up a full-size tablet to take a picture or capture video. But if you're going to do it, you want to do it with an iPad instead of a Surface RT.
The front-facing cameras on the two tablets are very similar. However, the rear camera of the Surface RT pales in comparison to the iPad's. The iPad sports a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, while the Surface RT has a one megapixel camera that records 720p video.
One area where the Surface RT may be better is the placement of the front camera. The front camera is in the center of the tablet when used in landscape mode, which makes it ideal for Skype, Lync, or other video conferencing tools. The front camera on the iPad is in the center in portrait mode, but if you use the tablet in landscape mode it's off to the side so everything is skewed and off-center.
It should not come as a shock to anyone that there are more iOS apps than there are Windows RT apps; Apple had a few years of a head start. I'm not faulting Microsoft for not having hundreds of thousands of apps already for Windows RT, but the disparity of apps is a reality that businesses and consumers must weigh when choosing a tablet.
Many of the premier mobile apps are already available for Windows RT: Kindle, Netflix, Evernote, Box, Skype, and Angry Birds to name a few. However, there are also some glaring omissions -- namely Facebook and Twitter.
In a way, the integration of Facebook and Twitter into the core capabilities of the OS raises the bar over the traditional siloed app approach. It unifies social media into the mainstream communications so you don't have to treat each service as an island. However, the Facebook and Twitter capabilities of Windows RT itself are extremely limited, and miss out on many of the functionalities available in the equivalent iPad apps.
It will be a long time, if ever, before Microsoft can catch up to Apple in terms of the sheer volume of apps available. Quality is more important than quantity, but right now Microsoft is a little low on both.
To be honest, there are a couple other small advantages the iPad has over the Surface RT. I did not conduct any sort of scientific analysis, but the battery life of the iPad seems better. I didn't have any issue with the Surface RT battery, or getting through the day without recharging, but I did feel like it drained faster and required more charging in general.
The other plus in the iPad column is the display. This is another area where I don't have any significant complaint about the display on the Surface RT -- it is bright and vibrant, and the text is relatively crisp thanks to Microsoft's use of ClearType technology. But, pixel for pixel it is simply no comparison to the Retina display of the iPad.
In the end, though, both are great tablets. The base Surface RT offers 32GB of storage capacity -- twice that of the entry-level 16GB iPad -- for the same $500. But, Microsoft has engineered the Surface RT to be paired with the Touch Cover, and the combo will set you back $600 (or $620 if you want a Touch Cover in a color other than black). Of course, as noted above, if you want the benefit of 4G wireless connectivity the iPad starts at $630.