Techlicious: Can Microsoft Surface Compete with iPad?


By Suzanne Kantra for Techlicious

Can Microsoft Surface Compete with iPad?

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled its latest foray into the tablet space with Surface for Windows RT, a tablet operating system, and Surface for Windows 8 Pro, the company’s next-gen computer operating system. It’s not the first time Microsoft has attempted to enter the tablet space, but with Surface the company is on the right track.

From its sleek styling to its colorful covers, Surface for Windows RT is clearly designed to compete with the new iPad. It has a larger but lower resolution 10.6-inch HD display (1280 x 720 pixels) versus iPad’s 9.7-inch (2048 x 1536 pixels); Surface for Windows RT measures 9.3mm thick versus iPad’s 9.4mm and Surface for Windows RT weighs 676 grams versus iPad’s 652 grams.

Both versions of Surface bring a couple of innovations not seen on tablets before. There’s a magnetized Touch Cover that doubles as keyboard—the 3mm-thick version comes a printed keyboard and the one that’s 5mm-thick has moving keys for a more traditional keyboard feel. And this pairs well with another innovation: an integrated kickstand for laptop-style computing or viewing videos. Microsoft also included a full-size USB port and microSD card slot.

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