Microsoft presented the latest Surface tablet, which will be available sometimes during this year, but the price of this device is still unknown. The company still keeps some secrets about the tablet, but we know that we are talking about a line of tablets, with different characteristics and features. Of course, as this tablet claims to be a serious competitor for the iPad, we should determine the differences between those devices. Of course, the term of comparison is the iPad 3, the most popular tablet in the market and the device that is the target of Microsoft.
General considerations: Surface has an inferior resolution compared with the iPad, but it is stronger in terms of processor, battery and functions. As for the estimated price, the Microsoft tablet with Surface Windows RT will have the price of 400-500 $, while the version with Windows 8 might reach 800-1000 $.
Design: While the iPad has the common design of a tablet, the Surface comes with a QWERTY keyboard and with support as standard, making it easy to use in any kind of circumstances. In fact, the Surface tablet looks like a notebook, but it can also be used like a simple tablet.
Processors: The Dual Core Apple A5X processor is inferior to the Intel core i5ivyBridgeprocessor of the Microsoft tablet, and this was expected, as Microsoft never disappointed in terms of power and processor features. However, the Apple processor has the advantage of having increased graphic capacities, consuming a low number of resources
RAM: While the 1GB RAM of Apple is more than enough to accommodate all the functions needed for a good functioning of the device, we have no information about the RAM of Microsoft Surface, and therefore we can’t talk about those matters just yet.
Touchscreen: The 9.7 inches of the iPad are enough to play the latest movies and media files, and even if the Surface comes with a 10.6 inches screen, the inferior resolution of the Microsoft tablet might represent a problem for the users that are looking for an enhanced video experience.
Operating system: While the iOS 5 is a good operating system for Apple, Windows 8 might represent the true revolution of this tablet. As the W8 system is still not released, it remains to be seen if the system will have the expected success.
Storage: At this chapter, the Microsoft tablet is superior, with a maximum storage capacity of 164 GB and with the possibility of adding a Micro SD card, while the iPad only comes with 64 GB maximum, and without the possibility of enhancement.
Connectivity: The devices are able to connect to the internet with Wi-Fi, USB and other methods; therefore, we can say that one or the other is better from this point of view. It is the decision of the fans, but this battle will surely be interesting, especially because Microsoft plans different versions of Surface.
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