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Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro 2

0. phoneArena 14 Nov 2013, 04:42 posted on

Rather than waiting until after the busy holiday season, Microsoft decided to launch its latest high profiled tablet, the Surface Pro 2, well ahead of Apple’s iPad Air – a daring move that will hopefully entice consumers. These two mighty devices are different no doubt, as their starting price points indicate to us, but nevertheless, they’re indeed tablets that have a lot to prove at the end of the day. So how do they stack up against one another?...

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posted on 16 Nov 2013, 21:41

33. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


"This entire idea that tablets are only good for specific use-cases is an apple invention that the world has just swallowed without questioning."

As an anthropologist, I will agree that you just hit the nail right on its head with that. I have studied this phenomena myself and it couldn't be more correct. We have all become so accustomed and molded on how to use our devices, generally thanks to the programs/limited apps made for them.

For now, nothing will beat a PC regardless of its form, state or shape.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 20:13

31. diyi75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Phonearena is biased. How do u compare a tablet with a tablet PC?

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 21:35

32. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


And this is why people will forever hate Windows 8 RT. This should have been between the RT and the iPad ONLY. Comparisons like these confuse people further and make no sense unless we're only talking about portability.

iPad = Tablet; good for web surfing, music and playing Angry Birds.

Surface Pro = PC; good for EVERYTHING in life.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 07:10

34. NEDM64 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


10 years from now on, we will talk about who was right. If we aren't already using all tablets, and all the computing muscle will be acessible through the cloud.

That's how things are, and the iPad is just the face of it.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 14:36

36. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


In the future we will simply observe an even bigger and more obvious immersion/hybridization of devices to cater for what everybody will desire at some point - a true all-in-one, which is what Microsoft and various OEMs have been trying to provide.

Personally, I would find it interesting if Apple would eventually swallow their pride and release a touch-screen-optimized Mac OS to put on MacBooks, or they will probably continue to rely on their divided playing field as it is right now: desktops, laptops, tablets. Whichever path they choose, an iPad will always remain a toy or a light workstation only limited by the hardware and apps provided.

The future is now. Windows will just get more and more portable and optimized with further releases, and the rest will only level the playing field (if not surpass them).

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 07:26 1

35. TheNeighbor (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Yes, I agree with what you're saying. But I think future devices will be full PCs.

Right now, Microsoft has done a good with the Surface Pro lineup, providing us amazing processing power in a small nice package.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:01

37. TheNewNormal (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2013)


No mention of the excellent wacom active digitiser. Aside from it's obvious uses, hovering above the screen to move through 'mouse-over' web menus is really cool.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 04:35

38. cincella (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


The Pro2 is a laptop that detaches. The iPad is a real tablet. The late Mr. Steve Jobs was right when he said Microsoft has no taste. Leave the innovation and quality to Apple and let Mr. Gates trail behind with some clunky "me too" product.

posted on 11 Nov 2014, 10:19

39. katreka (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


I just bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to replace my Toshiba laptop, and all I can say is that I've never been happier with my choice. I absolutely love my Surface Pro 3. And as a result of this, I am also going to buy a Surface Pro 2 to use as my tablet when I'm out of the house. Regarding the build quality of this device is absolutely high-end. I mainly love the straight edges, no curved edges like on the Ipads and other companies' products. It's absolutely comfortable to hold in your hands, plus the addition of the kick-stand is just a very convenient feature. This device is all metal construction. I bought a Bluetooth Logitech keyboard and a Bluetooth Microsoft mouse and I am also set. One more thing, I just hate the curvy edges of all products; to me straight edges give more grip than any other edges.

posted on 11 Nov 2014, 10:22

40. katreka (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Correction:
I just bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to replace my Toshiba laptop, and all I can say is that I've never been happier. I absolutely love my Surface Pro 3. And as a result of this, I am also going to buy a Surface Pro 2 to use as my tablet when I'm out of the house. Regarding the build quality of this device is absolutely high-end. I mainly love the straight edges, no curved edges like on the Ipads and other companies' products. It's absolutely comfortable to hold in your hands, plus the addition of the kick-stand is just a very convenient feature. This device is all metal construction. I bought a Bluetooth Logitech keyboard and a Bluetooth Microsoft mouse and I am all set. One more thing, I just hate the curvy edges of all products; to me straight edges give more grip than any other edges.

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