Features of Surface which make the iPad look dated

Microsoft has designed an exclusive tablet for Windows 8, which has excited a lot of people. The Microsoft Surface is a crisply designed and marvelously engineered tablet which is surely going to make iPad look out-dated and obsolete – and could even beat iPad. Let’s see why I feel so.

Features of Surface which make the iPad look dated

Slim Form Factor

Do you think iPad 3 is the slimmest tablet? No! iPad 4 could have been the slimmest, but Microsoft Surface RT beats it by just  0.1mm – but beats it, it does. Surface for Windows RT measures 9.3mm in thickness, whereas Apple iPad 4 is 9.4mm thick. But the side edges of Surface RT are beveled at 22-degrees and rest close to the ground,  making it appear even slimmer.

Full-Sized USB Port and HD Video Out

The Surface has a full-sized USB port, in spite of its slim form factor. This USB serves the same purpose as on a PC, allowing you to connect any of your USB peripherals right away. Surface for Windows RT has a USB 2.0 port whereas Surface for Windows 8 has a USB 3.0 port.

Optical Bonding Technique

The 10.6-inch display does support Stylus Input. Microsoft has used a new Optical Bonding Technique, that eliminates the space between the display panel and the cover glass. This helps  minimize the light refraction and benefits stylus usage.

microSDXC Card Slot

Both Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 have a microSDXC card slot for storage expansion. This card slot provides extra cheese up to 64GB in addition to the built-in storage. This is one of the biggest advantage of Microsoft Surface over Apple iPad.

Two LifeCam’s

Microsoft Surface is equipped two HD LifeCam’s – one at the front and the at the rear. Both the cameras are 720p and comes with two microphones.

Cover – and a Keyboard

In addition to the tablet, Microsoft offers two Keyboard accessories – ‘Touch Cover’ and ‘Type Cover’. This keyboard accessory serves two purposes – as a keyboard and as a protective cover too. These keyboard accessories allow you to type two times faster than on the virtual keyboard. The Touch Cover is just 3mm thick and adds negligible weight and size to the tablet. It is available in five vibrant colors viz. Black, White, Cyan, Magenta, and Red.

The Type Cover is a mechanical keyboard, the thinnest yet. It features a QWERTY keyboard, Function keys, media control keys and trackpad. These ensures protection to the display and also shuts down the display on closing it, helping it to preserve battery.


Microsoft Surface comes with an integrated kickstand, providing hands-free entertainment. Unlike the iPad, this is built-in, thereby allowing hassle-free entertainment. The kickstand increases the working ability, making it easy to watch movies, take photos and make the most of Keyboard accessories.

No heating

Apple New iPad 3 users have reported heating issues with their devices. That’s because of poor heat-sink management. Surface for Windows 8 comes with a high-end configuration. Microsoft has perfectly balanced the overheating question in Surface, by incorporating a groove that extends around the outside of the case. This groove allows perfect air flow, that is uniformly distributed across the tablet.

Balanced Battery Life

Surface for Windows RT has a 31.5 Watt-hour battery which provides ‘all day’ backup. Microsoft reports 8 hours of backup for mixed usage, but it will vary in actual use. The screen resolution of Surface for Windows RT is much less than the iPad 4, this cuts down the battery usage, eventually giving the Surface better battery life. iPad 3 has 70% more battery power than its previous avatar. It therefore takes more time to charge, as a result of which spot charging, like Surface is not possible.

Multi-user environment

Does the iPad offer a multi-user environment? No – but a Surface does. Now everyone in the family will be able to have their own accounts on the Surface and can thus use their own login, and install their apps, set individual preferences and customize it the way they want.

iPad vs Surface Comparison Chart

You can read the detailed specs of Surface RT and Surface Pro, but meanwhile have a look at the features, specs and price comparison chart below. Click on the image to see the larger version.

You can go here to see the comparison chart which compares all the specs and features of Microsoft Surface, The New iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Google Nexus 7.

Did I miss out any of the Surface features which beats the iPad’s? Or maybe you want to tell me of an iPad feature that beats Surface’s – apart from repeating the cliché – An iPad is an iPad.

Its your take! Surface or iPad!

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Varad Choudhari is a tech enthusiast and gadget freak to the core. All things digital, that’s what he always think about. He enjoys blogging about Tablets, Mobile Phones and other gadgets - and is pretty impressed with the new Windows Phone platform.