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Published on October 31st, 2012 | by John I.


The iPad mini vs The Microsoft Surface

Tablets have taken over the world of gadgetry. From the Apple iPad to Google’s Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, tablets seem to have become the next best thing for portable computing. And now, with Microsoft’s entry into the tablets market with Microsoft Surface, the choice has become even more difficult to make for the tablet buyer. However, to help make things a bit easier, here’s a brief comparison of the two latest tablets that have been released into the market: Apple’s iPad Mini and Microsoft’s Surface.

Feature Comparison

Types: The iPad mini comes in 2 flavours: a Wi-Fi only version and a Wi-Fi version with cellular capabilities. The only difference in the two versions is that the latter comes with cellular data connection ability. You can choose to take a cellular connection from Sprint, AT&T or Verizon.

The Microsoft Surface tablet is currently available with Windows RT installed, which is a custom Windows version designed to run on the ARM architecture. Another variant is also available with the new Windows 8 operating system installed. However, the issue that Surface RT has is that the Google search app is not yet available for Windows RT version. This will probably be resolved soon though.

Build: With a slightly smaller size, the iPad Mini can be easily held in a single, regular sized hand. It is 5.3 inches in width and 1.87 inches in length. At just 308 grams (312 grams in case of the cellular version), the device is one of the lightest tablets available today. The Microsoft Surface is a heavier affair at 680 grams. The surface has dimensions of 10.87 by 6.77 inches and it is definitely not comfortable in a single hand.

Screen Size: The iPad Mini sports a display of 7.9 inches (diagonal), and the screen is a multi-touch display with IPS technology. The max resolution is 1024×768 at 163ppi (pixels per inch). The Surface tablet comes with a larger 10.6 inches ClearType HD display. The screen is multi-touch sensitive (up to 5 points), and sports a max resolution of 1366×768 (16:9 aspect ratio).

Pricing : The iPad Mini Wi-Fi only version comes in 3 sizes: a 16GB model (priced at US$329), a 32GB model (priced at US$429) and a 64GB model (priced at US$529). The WiFi + Cellular Versions cost an additional US$30 for each of the sizes mentioned above. The Microsoft Surface RT comes at a price tag of US$499.00 for the 32GB version. This does not include the Touch Cover, which comes at an additional US $119.00. The 64GB version comes with the Touch Cover and is priced at US$699.00. There is also an option to buy the 32GB model with a Black Touch Cover at US$599.00

Final Thoughts

Both these devices are certainly capable and powerful enough for today’s everyday applications for the enthusiastic user. However, it finally boils down to the pricing. There is a large price gap that may make most users favour the iPad over the Surface.

Bio: Written by iTrust, the IT hardware and software specialists.


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