Microsoft Surface vs iPad 3
Microsoft Surface vs iPad 3 – OS
iOS 5 on the iPad is attractive, smooth running, and bursting with great apps. And iOS 6 is just around the corner, bringing Apple's virtual assistant Siri to the iPad. While Microsoft might not yet have the apps to compete with Apple's mobile OS, what we’ve seen of Windows 8 so far looks brilliant.
Microsoft Surface vs iPad 3 – connectivity
Connectivity is the iPad's Achilles heel – and the Surface is packed with ports. The Surface Pro has a Mini DisplayPort for outputting to a monitor, as well as USB 3.0 and a microSDXC port. The Surface RT dials things back with USB 2.0, microSD (up to 64GB) and Micro HD connectivity, but it still beats the iPad's single dock connector.
The Surface also has great add-on options: Microsoft has grabbed headlines with its Touch Cover, a 3mm, magnetically attaching cover that includes a pressure sensitive keyboard. Microsoft's also created the Type Cover – a more solidly built effort that packs physical keys and a multi-touch trackpad into its 5mm thick frame.
Microsoft Surface vs iPad 3 – verdict
While the iPad 3 may have a more stable OS, better screen, and greater app offerings initially, Windows has the hardware advantage. With more powerful slates that have greater connectivity the Surface could bridge the laptop/tablet gap where the iPad fails. And with the price being touted as between US$600 (£380) and US$1000 (£635), Apple should be very worried indeed.
But with the Surface RT not due out until around October, and the Surface Pro due in early 2013, Apple has plenty of time to play catch-up before the iPad's next annual refresh.