With technology progressing and the need to have easy access to data wherever you go, the need to now replace the laptop has emerged.
The question is, which one of the two most popular tablets will be the perfect replacement?
The iPad Air and the Microsoft Surface 3 tablet are both worthy contenders.
If you are a student or a professional, the Microsoft Surface 3 is the one that is made for you. 64GB to 512GB of storage is the internal storage it can offer which in my opinion, is a fairly good amount, as compared to the maximum of 120 GB that the iPad Air has to offer.
The Surface is about 0.36 inches thick but the iPad air is slimmer at .29 inches. The iPad Air is more of an entertainment device.
Display wise, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a 12 inches screen with a 2160x1440pixels resolution and 216ppi. The iPad Air on the other hand sports a display of 2048x1536pixels with 264ppi.
Memory wise, the Surface is a monster. It features a whopping 4 to 8 GB RAM against the diminutive 1 GB RAM of the iPad Air. The processor range is an i3 to i7 Quad-Core (1.7 to 3.3 GHz) based on different models.
This is almost what a laptop can bring to you. The iPad features a 64-bit A7 dual core ARMv8 chip at 1.4 GHz, but has a separate M7 processor for handling sensor data.
Interestingly, the iPad does not support multitasking. This is not an issue with the Surface. With it, you will feel like you are using a laptop and run multiple programs at once.
The Surface can allow the use of two 1920 x 1200 external monitors by connecting them to the high speed USB 3.0 port but the iPad does not seem to have such features.
Camera wise too, the iPad falls short. It features a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front camera, where as the Surface 3 tab features both the cameras as 5 MP.
With all these features aside, let’s focus on the prices. To possess the iPad Air, you can spend a $929 sum. However for the Microsoft Surface, be ready to spend about $1950.
To sum it up, there is no doubt that the Microsoft surface Tab 3 is indeed something that can replace the laptop. iPad Air still has a long way to go in these regards.