Microsoft Surface 2 ad pounds on the Apple iPad's lack of a USB port

Microsoft Surface 2 ad pounds on the Apple iPad's lack of a USB port
The latest ad from Microsoft to take on the Apple iPad goes right into Apple's face, as usual. This time, Microsoft shows off the advantages of having a full-sized USB port on the Microsoft Surface 2, unlike the Apple iPad which doesn't have one. And don't forget the HDMI Out port on the Surface 2 which lets you show on your wide-screen television, whatever you have on your Surface 2 screen.

The tag line? No USB, No Thanks. If Microsoft wanted to get a little more ambitious it could have gone a little further by copying those religious bumper stickers. No USB, No Thanks. Know USB, Know Thanks.

On Monday, we gave you a look at Nokia's new ad for its Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet. The spot points out how the Nokia slate has a longer battery life than the Apple iPad Air (the Power Keyboard adds 5 hours of battery life to the 8000mAh cell inside the Nokia slab) and the Power Keyboard also allows you to type on a physical QWERTY keyboard. "Did I buy the wrong tablet?," asks an Apple iPad Air sporting young man once he spots the Nokia Lumia 2520 at work.

Want to see Microsoft go after the iPad again? Just click on the video below.

source: MicrosoftSurface via WPCentral

Related phones

Surface 2
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 3.5 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 4, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
iPad Air
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh



1. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

lol. its true. But really a windows 8 tablet. Prefer android.

2. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I think android would be great on smaller sized tablets and phones and phablets (ugh the name -_-) but on bigger tablets and laptops and anything used for productivity, and the like, windows is still the best out there

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yes and who are these people that are using tablets for productivity. The reason MS failed hard at tablets before was because they tried to make it do something it just isn't meant to, that being work. The iPad did well because it was mainly used for casual games, light browsing and social networking (can't say it does multimedia well but if it helps throw that in there too). Now they are trying to push that as its differentiating factor, did they learn nothing from years of failure.

13. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

No the main reason windows failed hard was because they didn't have the CPU to power it properly. Intel to the rescue again! Got a Dell Venue 8 pro and it runs full office and my brother downloaded steam and was playing DOTA! Super smooth and I get battery life equivalent to the iPad. I can bluetooth a mouse and USB a full keyboard to the 8" tablet. Pretty sweet if you need to get things done in a pinch. At $299 it's very compelling. Cheaper than the new iPads and does way more. Still bought the new mini with retina display but apple better watch their back. When the Microsoft windows 8.1 tablets roll out with 300 ppi displays Apple and Android are in big trouble

14. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

My Windows tablet can do something my Nexus 7 2013 can't: play Amazon prime Video. It's full windows so it does everything!

3. CavinLe

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

lol Microsoft has the lack of apps

12. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

LOL none of those programs that can run on a windows PC count. My brother downloaded steam and was playing DOTA on the Dell Venue 8 Pro.

18. FadyNabil

Posts: 39; Member since: May 10, 2013

If you have a full Windows 8 tablet, then you have more apps than android and ipad together. if it's not enough for you, you can even emulate android with bluestacks

4. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

It's true but Apple probably has a .0001% care about this. Until the iPad stops being a huge bread winner for them, nothing is going to change about their approach to tablets.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Damn, end of month deadline, PA hasn't had this many articles posted in one day since the end of october.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There are still more days left in November. Opportunity is boundless.

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

definitely not a slow news week

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ha! That's brilliant.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am still waiting for a full windows 8 tablet with an i5 or equivalent that is the same size or smaller than the Surface 2. Vaio tap 11 is close but not there yet. Once it does though, I will probably stop using other tablets. Sure I might get 6 hours instead of 10 but 6 hours a day is plenty. I don't even think I have more than 6 hours a day for myself usually.

15. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Dell Venue 11 Pro just launched. You can get configurations from Baytrail, i3 or i5. Removable battery with up to 256 ssd hard drive and memory card support :-)

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I want the i5 version the same size as the baytrail one or smaller before I buy.

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Remember when Ballmer called the iPhone a “rounding error?” Remember him laughing at the iPhone saying no one would buy a $500 phone? Microsoft is just like that psycho ex that keeps nagging you, telling you to leave your girlfriend BOOHOO!

16. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

RT is a failure from the beginning! Surface Pro FTW

17. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

RT is already just fine for the average consumer.. Once the Windows Store has all of the most popular apps then it will be an equivalent, or better alternative to other tablets.. The surface, and other RT tablets already have some advantages of the others, so there is much untapped potential here..

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