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Why MSFT Surface May Be Better Than An Ipad
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Why MSFT Surface May Be Better Than An Ipad - June 25, 2012, 07:49 AM


on June 18 unveiled its new Surface tablet. The device, which will launch later this year, comes in two flavors—an Intel-based option and one running on an ARM chip—and runs Windows 8. The ARM-based version runs Windows RT, while the Intel-based option is running Windows 8 Pro, giving consumers and enterprise users the full experience on the device.

Of course, now that Microsoft has shown off its tablet, speculation abounds over how it will compete against Apple’s iPad. Some observers say that the device will be ignored by consumers, since Apple has been hogging the spotlight for years and won’t give that up so easily. Others say that Surface might actually have a chance to compete, since the device comes with some of the nicest features seen yet in a non-Apple tablet.

But perhaps that should go one step further. Apple’s iPad is still the top tablet on the market, but the Surface looks extremely impressive. And for many customers, it might just be a good idea to ditch Apple’s iPad for Microsoft’s upcoming tablet.

Is that really possible? Read on to find out:

1. A bigger display

Apple’s iPad has a 9.7-inch display, making it one of the larger options in the tablet market. However, Microsoft’s Surface comes in with a 10.6-inch screen. And on the Windows 8 Pro version, it’ll deliver a high-definition experience. Although the difference doesn’t seem major on paper, in practice, a larger screen really matters.

2. Two flavors

There is constant talk of Apple launching an iPad Mini at some point in the future to give its customers more choice. Whether an iPad Mini will ever show up, however, remains to be seen. Microsoft has decided to deliver two flavors of its device, including one that’s based on ARM and another that’s based on Intel chips. The ARM-based option will run the stripped-down Windows RT, while the Intel option will have Windows 8 Pro. More choice is always better in today’s marketplace.

3. The cover is better

Apple’s Smart Cover was supposed to be a major step up over any cover on the market. But all it proved to be good for was to protect the screen, and now with a new version, the backside of the device. Microsoft’s cover, meanwhile, includes screen protection, but doubles as a full, multi-touch keyboard, effectively turning the device into a notebook. That’s a really nice feature.

4. A full, desktop operating system

One of the issues with Apple’s iPad is that it’s running a mobile operating system designed first for smartphones. Many Apple fans and critics have called on the company to bundle OS X with the iPad. Although Apple hasn’t done so, Microsoft has heard that call loud and clear and will offer Windows 8 Pro in the Intel-based option. For enterprise users, especially, that’s great news. It’s about time tablets deliver the full OS experience.

5. The kickstand is a game-changer

Although some have questioned Microsoft’s decision to include a kickstand with the Surface, the fact is, it’s a game-changer. A kickstand extends the overall usability of the device and makes it easier for folks to get tasks done. There’s nothing worse than trying to juggle multiple products in two hands. And the kickstand solves that problem.

6. Ample storage

According to Microsoft, the Windows 8 Pro version of its Surface will come with 128GB of storage. Apple’s new iPad tops out at 64GB. That’s an important thing to keep in mind. As users bring more content, including video and audio, to their tablets, they need as much storage as possible. Having twice as much storage in the Surface than in the iPad is a major advantage for Microsoft.

7. The Windows 8 element is important

As noted, the Surface comes with Windows 8. But simply saying that that means it’ll come with a full-fledged experience isn’t enough. The fact is Windows 8 has an excellent chance of becoming one of the most popular versions of the software ever. And according to some who have used it, the OS could eclipse Windows 7 in overall functionality and popularity. Windows 8’s inclusion in Surface will be a major factor in its success.

8. Apple’s experience is getting old

Apple has done a fine job selling millions of iPads around the world, but it’s about time someone states the obvious: the iOS experience is getting a little tired. Apple has done little to dramatically improve the way the operating system functions and the fact that there is no file system in place is a conundrum. Until Apple makes iOS more sophisticated and stops it from playing the same old game, Surface looks awfully attractive.

9. It’s a true Ultrabook or laptop replacement

Microsoft has said that Surface is a new kind of device and it’s hard to argue that point. In one way, Surface can be a tablet replacement. In another, it can take on notebooks or Ultrabooks. The Windows RT version is fine for those who only want a slate. But the Windows 8 Pro option is ideal for folks looking for a notebook or Ultrabook replacement. Finally, tablets are starting to cannibalize notebooks.

10. The overall design is top-notch

Finally, it’s worth taking a look at the overall design of Microsoft’s Surface. By all measure, it’s nice looking and can go a long way in matching Apple’s iPad in look and feel. Is it better looking than the iPad? That’s tough to say. But it’s safe to say that it’s on an equal footing with Apple’s tablet.



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9. It’s a true Ultrabook or laptop replacement

Microsoft has said that Surface is a new kind of device and it’s hard to argue that point. In one way, Surface can be a tablet replacement. In another, it can take on notebooks or Ultrabooks. The Windows RT version is fine for those who only want a slate. But the Windows 8 Pro option is ideal for folks looking for a notebook or Ultrabook replacement. Finally, tablets are starting to cannibalize notebooks.
A new kind of device? Perhaps the ARM version with RT..making it a new combo but not an ultrabook-based slate.

I have had one of these sitting in my living room for the past 5 months...

Except the only I have came with a 128GB SSD and a far superior wacom chip/pen.

And it's not manufactured by Microsoft.





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Another example of someone simply trying to improve the specs and failing to dethrone Apple.... for the love of God someone please:

- Make a screen as good as the retina or you're just restyling Samsungs attempt to catch up
- Do something innovative like a laser matrix keyboard built in
- Don't talk up your product 5 months before you can deliver it. Apples secret, don't say shit until it's ready to ship, then get everyone packed up against the store doors for the first 14 days of release.

I need to pick up a new tab for travel again as the iPad 1 is getting older. I'd go check this out and maybe pick this up this week.... but it's not available. Fail.


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You'd be surprised how much Excel factors into the ability to get things done from a mobile business perspective.

Half the time it's not even used for a spreadsheet; more as a light project management tool and tracker.



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So, I can carry this tablet around, and it opens up to a 10.6" screen and keyboard, all in one? Amazing!


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Laptop-netbook-ultrabook-ipad convergence in action.

I'm starting to like Microsoft again. They're on a roll. Bing is good and possibly better than Google these days. Windows 8 looks very good, IE is pretty solid unlike Filezilla full of memory leaks, etc.
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Laptop-netbook-ultrabook-ipad convergence in action.

I'm starting to like Microsoft again. They're on a roll. Bing is good and possibly better than Google these days. Windows 8 looks very good, IE is pretty solid unlike Filezilla full of memory leaks, etc.
All the validity of that post went rocketing out the window when you said 'bing is good'.


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My next tablet is going to be a windows 8 based machine. I feel like they have come a long way.

Plus I'm bored with the whole apple scene


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All the validity of that post went rocketing out the window when you said 'bing is good'.
Today's Bing is not all that bad. Improved substantially since launch.
Google still has better search algorithms, but Bing has a few nice added features.



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If you haven't already download the bing app for IPad, it is really nice!


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