Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Apple iPad 4 vs Google Nexus 10 Based On Features And Price

Sure, the user is having a gala time while the companies battle it out for their market share. With the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 now available in the market, it’s turning out to be a strong competitor to the Apple iPad 4 as well as Google Nexus 10. Here’s what differentiates them considering the Microsoft Surface 2 price and features.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Price

Microsoft Surface 2 has finally hit the shores. The tablet is a major improvement over Microsoft Surface Pro and has been priced at $899. Surface 2 is a powerful offering from Microsoft arsenal’s and what really makes this tablet competitive is its sturdy design. The tablet has a strong industrial built and has “no flex body”. Weighing 676 g the tablet is slightly on a heavier side as compared to Apple iPad 4 which weighs 652 g.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Features

Yet for a 10-inch tablet, Microsoft Surface Pro is quite thin and light and could be easily carried while travelling. Just like its predecessor it supports a kickstand and could be easily turned into a mini laptop. The biggest change in the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is its 10 hour battery life which is 25% more than its predecessor. Another change is the 1920 x 1200 resolution display which makes for a brighter, clearer and crispier viewing experience.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Apple iPad 4

However, Surface 2 display cannot beat the 2048 x 1536 resolution “retina” display of Apple iPad 4. Apple iPad 4 is notches above the Microsoft offering, in spite of the company’s trademark of Microsoft’s “ClearType” technology.

As usual, the Tegra 4 processor in Surface Pro 2 makes for a great multitasking experience. The only complain that tech experts are claiming is the lag time they experienced while downloading apps on Surface tablet.

The Surface 2 runs on Microsoft’s latest version of Windows RT 8.1 which does not allow running of various applications such as Adobe Photoshop, any web browser other than Internet Explorer, music software like iTunes, and Dropbox.

Overall Microsoft Surface Pro 2 has much better features then Microsoft Surface Pro and is a great entry a 10-inch tablet (Google Nexus 10, iPad 4) market.

Specifications of Microsoft Surface Pro 2

  • Screen: 10.6in full HD 1080p LCD
  • Processor: 1.7GHz quad-coreNvidia Tegra 4
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB SSD plus microSDXC slot
  • Operating system: Windows RT 8.1
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Compass, USB 3.0, micro HDMI
  • Cameras: 3.5MP front-facing and 5MP rear-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 675.9g

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In Lieu of Apple iPad 5 vs iPad Mini 2 vsGoogle Nexus 7.2! Microsoft SlashesPrices of Surface RT Bundles, Touch Covers & The Pro To Attract Users

In an offer that’s exciting for all, Microsoft has decided to put forward its Surface RT bundles, the Pro and Touch Covers at discounted rates. As per recent reports, consumers can now grab the Surface RT bundle, including both the Surface RT and a black Touch Cover with a slashed $50 in its cost.

Getting light on users’ pocket, the discount goes in effect on 30th August. Consumers can grab 32GB version of the bundles at $399 (£257) and 64GB version at $499 (£321). The Touch Cover will cost $79.99 (£52), lowered from $119 (£77).  

Starting on 4th August, Microsoft has already lowered down the cost of the Surface Pro by $100 (£75) in the U.S and other countries.

However, Microsoft has not yet confirmed the reduced rates.

This move by Microsoft is seen as a way to lure consumers, ahead of Apple launching its iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. Nevertheless, there’s also Google Nexus 7.2 in line that comes in competition with Microsoft’s Surface.

The stir about Microsoft’s keenness to offer discounts could be seen as a way to entice all tech savvy buyers towards its products in lieu of Google Nexus 7.2, Apple iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2.       

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Google Nexus 10 vs Sony Xperia Z vs Microsoft Surface: Snazzy And Spunkier Apple iPad 5 Murderers?

In the current year, various big firms have taken a plunge into the world of tabs to offer users top-notch devices. So which full-size Android tablet works best for shoppers? Let’s read and compare.

Specifications Sony Xperia Tabet Z Microsoft Surface Pro Google Nexus 10
Display size 10.1-inch 10.6-inch 10.055-inch
Resolution 1,920 x 1,200 pixels 1,920 x 1,080 pixels 2,560 x 1,600 pixels
Pixel density 224ppi 208ppi 300ppi
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes
Operating system Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Windows 8 Pro Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Processor 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M quad-core 1.7GHz dual-core, Intel core i5-3317U Dual-core ARM Cortex A15
System memory 2048 MB RAM 4096 MB RAM 2GB RAM
Built-in storage 16GB 64GB 16GB, 32GB
Camera 8.1-MP rear, 2.2-MP front 1-MP 5-MP rear, 1.9-MP front
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Connectivity USB 2.0, microUSB, HDMI USB 3.0, full-size USB, Micro USB, NFC, dual side NFC, Micro HDMI
Battery 6000 mAh 42 W-h 9,000 mAh
Dimensions 172 x 266 x 6.9 mm 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm
Weight 495 grams 2 lbs 603 grams
Price* Rs. 38, 790 Rs. 53,337 Rs. 23,672

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Microsoft Surface Pro Vs Samsung ATIV Tab 3: Evaluating The Zenith of All Devices

Running Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft Surface Pro has attested itself as an innovative tab that’s been a success. Following the bitter experience with ATIV Windows 8 tab, Samsung rolled out a ground-breaking device, tagged as Samsung ATIV Tab 3.

Announced this year on 20th June, the 10.1-inch ATIV tab 3 is touted as the slimmest tab made by Samsung so far. Its Super PLS LCD panels boast a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels at 155-ppi. The tab is powered by Intel Atom Z2760 chipset, built inside the Saltwell dual core CPU, covered at 1.8GHz. With 64GB of built-in storage, the ATIV tab 3 sports 2GB of system memory and a PowerVR SGX 545 GPU. Along with a 5-megapixel rear camera, the tab also holds a small camera at the front.

Considering the other 10.6-inch Microsoft Surface Pro, the tab comes packed with IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 208ppi. Powered by 1.7GHz dual-core Core i5-3317U processor, the tab houses 1GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory and Intel’s HD Graphics 4000 GPU. Apparently, the device holds just 1-megapixel camera at the front.

Microsoft has kept the price tag of $900 for its Surface Pro, whereas Samsung still hasn’t announced the costing of its ATIV Tab 3.… Read the rest

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Not sure of what to use your Microsoft Surface Pro for? Here are some Tips

Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market was clouded with confusion. First came the Surface RT running on Windows RT – not too many people were sure of how it was different from Windows 8. And when they found out that it had limitations, it became one more strong reason, in addition to the high price of course, to stay away from it.

But that changed when the company launched the Surface Pro tablet which runs on Windows 8 Pro and functions pretty much like a regular laptop – except with a form factor of a tablet. People didn’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks for something that did everything their regular computing devices did and was more portable and good looking.

With a starting price of around $900, the Surface Pro sure has a lot of advantages, including being able to run Microsoft Office. Windows RT, on the other hand, might not find as many takers because of its limited compatibility offerings, especially as an enterprise mobile device. Sure, it gives you the advantage of mobility, but when Android tablets and even the iPad can offer the same at lesser price, why spend on a Microsoft Surface RT?

But the Surface Pro, now that’s quite an interesting alternative. It may still be more expensive than your regular laptop, but it’s so much lighter and sleeker, making it easy to carry around all day. With a longer battery life, it’s meant for those on the move, but with just as much power as a regular notebook.

Check your mail, work on MS Office, use it like a normal Windows 8 machine – the possibilities are endless. And when Microsoft unveils Windows Blue, we think it might just become even more attractive a device.

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Sony Xperia Z, Microsoft Surface Pro fight it out to Pull Down the iPad, Blackberry Differs

We’ve all been hearing about how the tablet market is set to grow over the next few years, possibly even faster than the smartphone market. And of course, nearly every major tech company has managed to put out their own tablets into this ever expanding market. But here’s a shocker – BlackBerry chooses to disagree.

Even as the likes of Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Microsoft Surface Pro fight it out to pull down the iPad, according to BlackBerry, tablets may not even be required a few years down the line. In a statement made by the company’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, to Bloomberg News, he mentioned that there could be need for larger screens in the workplace but tablets don’t make business sense.

Even as BlackBerry is trying hard to sell its latest Q10 and Z10 smartphones, there are rumors that the company could bring out a new tablet in the market. Of course, it has to offer something unique to pull the crowd away from its competition like the upcoming iPad 5 or even the Microsoft Surface Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

The CEO remains optimistic that BlackBerry could emerge as the leader in mobile computing within 5 years through its strategy of bringing out something new instead of following its competitors. His long term goal includes replacing laptops and tablets with smartphones.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Beats Apple iPad 4 To Lead The Tablet War Movie, Microsoft Surface Pro, Kindle Fire Add Spunk As Supporting Cast

Turning the clock back by few hands, I remember being left with the Apple iPad  as a feasible choice for a sleek sexy tablet to garb. Coming back to the present– I am almost flooded with choices as diverse as the colors on earth. Samsung is oozing glamour with its Galaxy Note 8.0 while Microsoft Surface Pro has hit bull’s eye in the niche laptop consumer market. Before I forget, the Google Nexus 10 has become my next-best friend set to match shoulders with my BFF Samsung Galaxy.

  • Bite into the Apple Ipad 4- With rich legacy thronging its name, the iPad 4 boasts of rippling resolution that matches head with an uber cool  iOS interface.  While I find the iPad 4 too heavy to slip into my handbag, the functionality woos me back into a date with this Apple offering.
  • My prayers for a tab fitting into my handbag meet the right match with the Google Nexus 7. The Jelly Bean cooks up a taste that is yummy for Android fans. With a pocket-able price, the tablet is light both ways.  Just that, the app story could be worked upon to a fair bit on the Nexus.
  • Shopping for a compact tablet that comes between the Apple iPad 4 and the Google Nexus, I got hands on the Kindle Fire HD.  With high definition at the forefront on its 8.9-inch screen, the Amazon baby is a delight for flicking between Reader books or catching up a latest movie.
  • Come over all average tablets into a world that is called Galaxy. Samsung has played its cards too right and the Galaxy Note 8 barely disappoints. The seductive screen, the swipe-worthy S-stylus, the Airview-phew– variety indeed is the spice of life with the Note 8.
  • Microsoft was king and perhaps is yet to lose the battle of the latest to giants such as Samsung! With the Surface Pro, I was happy that Microsoft is back on war field. Despite hiccups with the bank breaking tag, the laptop grabbed buyers from the high-end consumer markets. With Windows 8 and its promise to take you across multitasking in a jiffy, the Surface is worth a buy if you rarely care for price tags.

For skeptics—here is a blow—these are no cons or inspired from Apple avatars. Each of the tab outing from the giants are fed with specs that kill and looks that amaze.

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HP Envy X2 Vs Microsoft Surface Pro: Should You Pick A Hybrid Or A Tablet?

Tech lovers are really loving this year, and not just because of the wide variety of smartphones and tablets out there. When Microsoft unveiled its latest Windows 8, everyone talked about how we can expect newer form factors, and yes, indeed the laptop has undergone a makeover since then. They’re turning just as portable as tablets, but with more computing power. So today, we’re looking at the HP Envy X2 and pitting it against the Microsoft Surface Pro to help you decide which of these you should invest in.

HP Envy X2: This one’s a true laptop-tablet hybrid, all thanks to its detachable keyboard. Get rid of the keyboard and carry it around like a tablet, and put it back on and you’ve got yourself a laptop in front of you. The Envy X2 comes with a 11.6-inch HD display with a resolution of 1366X768 pixels and is powered by a dual-core 1.8 GHz Intel Atom processor and 2 GB of RAM. It runs Windows 8 and has 64 GB SSD for storage. It’s also fitted with an 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front-facing one. Two USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI port and even a card reader make it as convenient as a regular laptop, but we do miss the optical drive. The Envy X2 weighs just over 3 pounds and comes with a price tag of $649.99.

Microsoft Surface Pro: Now this one’s more of a tablet than a hybrid in terms of form factor, but comes with a soft touch keyboard cover. It has a 10.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920X1080 pixels and weighs just about 2 pounds. The Surface Pro is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM and even has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset. You get either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage space in the Surface Pro. There are two 720p cameras, a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, and even a microsSDXC card slot in this device.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Vs Microsoft Surface Pro Vs Apple iPad 4: It’s The Stylus Stamp Making The World Difficult For Microsoft And Apple

Even though it’s the 7-inch segment in the world of tablets that’s seeing tons of competition, there’s a lot happening in the 10-inch space as well. What once used to be the exclusive forte of the iPad is now witnessing many new entrants, including Microsoft’s very own Windows-based Surface tablets. Samsung has recently upgraded its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet by putting in the S Pen functionality, making it a lot more alluring. But would this emerge a winner over the Microsoft Surface Pro and the iPad 4?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: With an all-plastic body and a 10.1-inch screen having a resolution of 800X1280 pixels, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a sleek and attractive tablet. It is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4412 processor and 2 GB of RAM. Available in 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB variants, there’s a microSD card slot included as well. A 5 MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera give this tablet quite a bit of photo-power too. But the newest upgrade gives the Galaxy Note 10.1 an S Pen. The S Pen has found a lot of takers ever since Samsung started off the Galaxy Note phablet with this feature. Its precision makes it a perfect assistant to let you literally take notes on the tablet. The floating touch capabilities also give an enhanced user experience. And the world follows suit – with every passing day, new apps exclusively for S Pen devices are also rolling out, so users can do more with their S Pens.

Microsoft Surface Pro: The Surface Pro runs on the full fledged version of Windows 8 Pro, making it just as effective as a regular laptop, only with a much more portable form factor. Sporting a 10.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920X1080 pixels, it’s definitely got better viewing capabilities than the Galaxy Note 10.1. The Surface Pro is powered by a dual-core Intel Core i5 1.7 GHz processor and 4 GB of RAM, so you can multitask as much as you want. With 64 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, it offers ample storage space to users as well. There’s a 1 MP front-facing camera but no rear camera in this tablet. But even though it lacks the Galaxy Note 10.1’s USP of the S Pen, it does run Windows 8, so you can use Office and many other Windows applications even when on the move.

Apple iPad 4: This one occupies the top slot as the most popular full-sized tablet, but we think its position is slowly slipping. Its 9.7-inch screen boasts of the highest resolution of 1536X2048 pixels among these 3 tablets. The iPad 4 is powered by an Apple A6X dual-core 1.4 GHz processor but just 1 GB of RAM. Running on iOS 6, it is fitted with a 5 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front-facing camera. But there’s no S Pen here, nor is there Office – however, it does have the distinct advantage of having the most number of apps on offer.… Read the rest

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Microsoft Surface Pro Vs Goole Nexus 10 Vs Apple iPad: A Rare Windows 8 Assortment Leaves Tablet World Agape

If you’re wondering why Microsoft hasn’t been in the news for Windows 8 since the OS launched a few months ago, well, don’t worry, it’s all going pretty well for the company. All those months of hype and aggressive marketing appear to have paid off for Microsoft, with Windows 8 adoption rates growing at a steady rate.

To start with, the best thing about Windows 8 is the form factor of the latest machines. If you’re willing to spend a little extra and you care a lot about performance, it’s not hard to see why a Windows 8 based laptop-tablet hybrid device makes most sense for you over an iPad 4 or another Android-based tablet. In terms of tech specs, nothing can come close to what these hybrid models can offer – and of course, the greatest advantage is that you can use Microsoft Office on your portable Windows 8 device.

Initially, Microsoft tried to catch everyone’s attention with the Surface tablet running Windows RT. And while it’s priced comfortably in the same range as its competitors, it didn’t quite give the complete Windows experience. It’s still more of a tablet than anything else and you can just as easily pick up a  Google Nexus 10 or iPad 4 instead.

Shortly thereafter, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro running the full fledged Windows 8 OS and blew our minds! It’s more portable than an Ultrabook, but the tinier form factor doesn’t seem to affect its performance at all. However, given its steep price of $999 for the 128 GB SSD model and then another $130 for the Type Cover, it still didn’t seem to make it on most buyers’ preferred list of gadgets.

A more convenient alternative is the wide range of tablet-laptop hybrids in the market made by Microsoft’s hardware partners. They let you enjoy the complete Windows 8 experience even when on the go. And the keyboard’s already there – you don’t need to make an additional purchase.

Given the way things are going, we can expect to see a lot more new tablets and hybrid devices coming out in 2013, all running on Windows 8. It’s familiar, so you don’t need to ramp up your knowledge on yet another OS to operate a Windows 8 based device, and you know it works well. But as more Windows 8 based portable devices enter the market, can we expect Android and iOS to become more versatile to take on Microsoft’s silent success?… Read the rest

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