When the iPad came out, tablets became an iconic centerpiece. Apple has then become a market leader and this year, Microsoft released its latest tablet device to compete with the iPad. Can the Microsoft Surface beat the dominant iPad in the tablet world and is the Surface a better choice against the leading tablet? Let’s discuss how the Microsoft Surface stacks up.
The MS Surface looks sturdy and sleek and it can match Apple’s build. It’s longer and narrower as compared to the iPad. It’s a thicker and beefy tablet which makes it heavier than the iPad. Kickstand and Touch Keyboard are features that make it a stand-out from the iPad. The built-in kickstand makes typing and viewing comfortable especially when you’re using it on a tabletop or a desk.
The MS Surface has a widescreen layout while the iPad has a traditional 4:3 screen ratio. Because of this, displays will look sharper.
Processor and RAM
MS Surface uses Intel Core i5 which is almost the same processor found in the MacBook Air. The iPad uses a dual core processor which makes the MS Surface a winner when it comes to processor speed. MS Surface RAM has a 4 GB of RAM plus it has a Micro SD slot which means that users can add up to 64 GB of extra space. The iPad only has 1 GB of RAM. Wireless -MS Surface has Wi-Fi support whereas iPad can be both used on WI-FI and 3G/LTE.
Given that MS Surface has a more powerful processor than the iPad, its Intel Chip can drain its battery. It may last for around 4 hours whereas with an iPad it can last up to ten hours. The iPad is still the king when it comes to battery life.
If the camera is important for you, the MS Surface is not a preferred choice since it only has about 1-megapixel. iPad has a 1.2-megapixel on the front and 5-megapixel at the rear.
MS Surface lets users create different accounts upon using it. With its start screen, you will see a tiled interface and you just need to move from side to side to browse through the tiles. Touch the tiles to perform the function it supports. It comes with Microsoft Office Programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It’s like your regular desktop PC just turned mobile with live tiles. Microsoft aims at being simple and touch friendly with the traditional elements of desktop MS computer.
When it comes to Apps, the iPad has over 200,000 apps whereas MS Surface has only about 80,000 apps available. With today’s tablet users, apps are very vital.
Clearly the MS Surface can’t knock down the iPad. Both tablets are strong enough to drive different types of consumers on their end. Both tablets cater to different types of user. If you’re the type who loves using Windows, then you may choose MS Surface. If you’re in for apps and for longer battery life, then iPad will work for you.
MS Surface is taking its stand in the market tablet and it may or may not beat the iPad in the tablet market! Let’s just wait and see!
Tags: MacBook Air, Microsoft Office Programs, Microsoft Surface, the iPad, Touch Keyboard