Microsoft Surface vs iPad events: spot the differences

Microsoft Surface vs iPad events: spot the differences
A couple of days ago Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet and while it said that Surface is not a direct competitor to the iPad, it’s clear that Apple’s tablet plays a key role in why Microsoft ever decided to build their own tablet.

And it seems that Microsoft executives not only were pushed by Apple, but took a couple of pages from Steve Jobs’ original announcement of the iPad from way back in 2010. ReadWriteWeb’s Eliot Weisberg says “something about it felt familiar.” 

Just skip to the video below, and you’d see how much similarity there is in Microsoft’s choice for words about reimagining the tablet, the whole sit and relax with your tablet thing and others. We wouldn’t say it’s blatant copying, but it seems Microsoft were inspired by Apple, don’t you think?

source: ReadWriteWeb

Related phones

Surface RT
  • Display 10.6" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
iPad 3
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5X, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh



1. thelegend6657 unregistered

Wasn't a bad thing

2. nyuvo

Posts: 72; Member since: May 10, 2012

We could probably go back and compare apple's iPad announcement to something else that preceded it too. It's just marketing.

5. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Bingo. Nail on the head right there.

21. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

everytime something new comes out they use those words. And microsoft had the first tab in 2002 but no one cared it was before its time. So apple copied Them. Everything apple has every made you can see was cloned from something. Apple is smart thou they take others ideas make them a little better then market the hell out of it to brainwash the customers who have no clue about electronics so they all believe apple is god lets see how many apple people vote me negative now when this is the truth. check the stats.

3. android_hitman unregistered

not a bit!!

4. clayton

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

So what? This is pettiness phonearena. Please respect your readers.

13. RoundBallmer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Victor H yet again.. damn

6. mss1988

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Second Steve Jobs, but this time better off with Microsoft

8. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

This is why I always go to Engadget. PhoneArena are just a bunch of low standard writers

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Tsk tsk and tsk Victor. Like there aren't enough fanboy flame wars here at PA? Oh that's right, it's all clicks and clicks are all that count. On a side note: Steve Ballmer has to be the least photogenic man in the world. That or editors pick and choose their pictorials for specific effect. But wouldn't that entail some kind of lack of integrity in favor of sensationalism over journalism?

10. lumialove

Posts: 75; Member since: May 16, 2012

Biased towards apple

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

BS... wasn't the same....and apple uses words like "magical,unbelievable, one of its kind," and "revolutionary".... M$ gets straight too the point, and besides that... this will be a PC .. not a "toy" ...

18. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i like what u refering a "TOY" = IPAD

12. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Its odd but i was impressed by the surface.. however im not impressed by the $599 price tag that im hearing about.. lol im not paying more than $250 for a Tablet..

16. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's not just a tablet, it's a PC in a portable body with a touch screen, that is, a tablet PC. I wouldn't pay over $250 for a mobile tablet, that is, one running a mobile OS, like a maxipad or an Android tablet, either. Granted, the Surface RT version isn't the full computer OS, but it's appears more capable than anything else on the market, including its own predecessors running XP Tablet Edition

14. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

what a coincidence! steve jobs will rise from his grave and tell cook to sue microsoft for copyright infrimgement.

19. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

wolrd knows who wasThief "Steve jobs" for sure

15. iameer

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

what the heck... this is one shabby pro i-phone article.....

17. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Writer sure dont read history world knows Tablets were Concept givin by MS in 2002 APPLE foolowed that Concept in 2010 with new tech and innovation

20. lil2070

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I dunt get the point ...What are they trying to prove here ?? =P

22. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Sorry victor. Didn't phase me one bit.

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