Microsoft and Apple have long been rivals in the PC and laptop markets, but that competition has already expanded to the tablet market.
Here is a comparison of Apple’s iPad Air 2 and its competitor, the Microsoft Surface 3.
According to Ecumenical News, the iPad Air 2 is a 9.7-inch tablet whose display screen has a resolution of 1536×2048 at 264 pixels per inch (ppi). Its processor is Apple’s A8X chipset with a CPU that can run at 1.5 GHz, supported by 2GB RAM. Onboard storage for the iPad Air 2 is either 16GB or 128GB, and this is not expandable using microSD memory cards.
On the other hand, the Surface 3 from Microsoft runs on an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 quad core processor, Tech Times said. The processor is slightly faster than the iPad Air 2 as it runs at 1.6 GHz.
As for RAM, the Surface 3 can have either 2GB or 4GB of memory, the report added.
The Surface 3’s display is at 10.8 inches with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and a depth of 213 PPi, and has storage options of 64 or 128 GB. Unlike the iPad Air 2, Tech Times said that the Surface 3’s storage memory can be expanded using microSD memory cards.
The Surface 3 also comes with an 8MP rear-facing camera and 3.5 MP front-facing camera, and runs on Windows 8.1.
In contrast, the iPad Air 2 has an 8 MP rear camera as reported by the Latin Post.
The iPad Air 2 also has a fingerprint sensor, while the Microsoft Surface 3 does not have that feature but does have a stylus that can be purchased separately.
The iPad Air 2 is priced at $500 for the 16GB model, while the Surface 3 offers more onboard storage of 64GB for the same price, Ecumenical News said.
If users want to use a Type Cover keyboard for the Surface 3, the whole package will cost them $630.