It seems that the biggest rivals of IT world are back again to fight again with each other – both Apple and Microsoft are now ready to compete for the throne of tablet market. Microsoft has just launched its Surface RT tablet whereas Apple has launched its iPad Mini to clear the garbage of 7-inch segment of tablet market.
Microsoft Surface RT is a 10.6-inch tablet powered by RT version of Windows 8 whereas Apple has also refreshed its iPad lineup by launching new iPad 4 and iPad Mini which runs popular iOS 6 of Apple. The current market competition is not actually in between Surface and iPad but it’s between iPad mini and Surface because iPad mini is the newest addition by Apple in its product line and Microsoft has also launched Surface RT for the first time in market.
So, customers are actually having a hard time to decide which one to buy? Should they go for iPad mini which fits perfect in one hand or Surface RT which offers a lot more than any other tablet in market is offering.
Let’s talk about Apple iPad mini first. The new iPad mini by Apple is actually a miniature version of iPad only, it features A5 dual-core chip, 7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology having 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi), 5 MP iSight rear camera with 1080p full HD video recording, 1.2 MP HD front camera for FaceTime, iOS 6, 10 hour battery backup, dual-band Wi-Fi, LTE support, Lightning connector, and Bluetooth 4.0.
iPad mini measures 200 mm x 134.7 mm x 7.2 mm and weighs 308 grams only. iPad mini is super lightweight and thin, fits perfectly in one hand and comes in two color combinations – Black & Slate and White & Silver. It comes in 3 memory variants – 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular options.
The Wi-Fi only iPad mini 16GB is priced at $329, 32GB at $429, and 64GB costs $529 whereas Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini 16GB costs $459, 32GB is priced at $559, and 64GB for $659 only.
If we talk about accessories available for iPad mini, the new smart cover for iPad mini is available in six colors. The magnetic technology makes it fit perfectly to protect iPad mini screen. It is priced at $39.00 and available at Apple Stores to buy.
iPad mini comes with iOS 6 pre-installed with all original iPad apps installed in it. You can even choose from 275,000 apps available on app store exclusively for iPad only.
If we look at other popular 7-inch tablets available in the market like Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and Barnes & Nobles Nook HD are priced under $200 only and offers almost the same stuff as iPad mini is offering but iPad mini is priced way too high for a 7-inch tablet market segment.
As the device is right now up for pre-orders only and will be hitting shelves on 2nd November, this is all what we know about it till now. So, let’s come to the Surface RT which is actually winning million hearts right now with its innovative design and hands soothing feel.
Powered by Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 2 GB of RAM – Microsoft Surface RT is a powerhouse. It is having 5-point multi-touch 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display with stock resolution of 1366×768 pixels and aspect ratio of 16:9 (widescreen) which gives the standard viewing experience. Surface comes with Windows RT and Office Home and Student 2013 RT pre-installed in it. By default, Surface is having Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and Games app in it. You can install thousands of apps via Windows Store available in your Surface to make it more productive, entertaining and useful.
If we talk about the extra features available in Surface RT, iPad mini will seems to be outdated all of sudden. Surface RT features 720p HD LifeCams both front and rear-facing, two microphones, Stereo speakers, Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, Headset jack, HD video out port, Cover port, dual-band Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 technology. All these features are actually entitled in laptops and ultrabooks but Microsoft has actually fitted all these things in a Tablet which is only 0.37in thick.
Surface RT measures 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in and weighs 1.5lbs. Surface RT is having VaporMg casing which is thinner and lighter but stronger than Aluminum. Surface RT is available only in Dark Titanium color, comes in 32GB and 64GB models with an option of expandable up to 64GB using external MicroSD card. Surface features a kickstand which can be used to place it on a table for better viewing angle for watching movies and pictures or working with documents. Surface uses latest MagSafe technology to connect accessories safely and perfectly.
The 32GB Surface RT is priced at $499 and 64GB is priced at $599 which is way cheaper to iPad, if compared. Microsoft is also offering Touch Cover for Surface which protects Surface as well as have full keyboard integrated in it. So, with Touch Cover On, your Surface actually transforms in to a laptop from tablet. Touch Cover costs $119.99 and available in five beautiful colors. The other cover, called Type Cover is also available – it is having physical keys on it and actually a better option for people who have lots of typing jobs on a regular basis. The Type Cover costs $129.99 and comes in Black color only. Surface 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$599, and a 64GB version bundled with a Touch Cover priced at US$699.
Microsoft Surface is available both in online and retail stores to buy in US, UK, Australia, and few Asian countries. If you are residing outside these countries, you can still order one for yourself by paying extra for shipping charges.
Surface is beating both iPad and iPad mini in all the scenarios and right now, Surface is my hot favorite and am going to buy it this weekend over iPad mini. If you really wants to be an owner of a tablet soon, you should strongly consider Microsoft Surface RT as your next tablet.
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