Apple iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Android Tablet Comparison

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With Apple losing market share on the tablet front, the only winner is the consumer spoiled with choices. Here are 4 different tablets comparison powered by 3 different OS.

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Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface and Android Tablet Comparison

 
Microsoft
Surface Pro 3
Sony
Xperia Tablet Z2
Samsung
Galaxy Note 10.1
Apple
iPad Air
OSWindows 8.1 ProAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeaniOS 7
CPU4th Generation Intel Core i3, i5, and i72.3 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad Core Adreno 320Exynos® 1.9GHz Quad Processor + 1.3 GHz Quad ProcessorA7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
RAM4GB / 8GB3 GB3GBn/a
Display12" ClearType
2160 x 1440 pixels
10.1" TFT
1920x1200 pixels
10.1" TFT
2560 x 1600 pixels
9.7" IPS
2048 x 1536 pizels
Expandable
Storage
microSDXCmicroSDmicroSDn/a
Battery Life Standby9 hours battery life surfing none stop11 hours battery life surfing none stop8 - 9 Daysn/a
Battery mAh8000mAh6000mAh8220mAh11560mAh
ConnectivityWi-FiWi-Fi / LTEWi-FiWi-Fi / LTE
Size11.5” x 7.93” x 0.3”10.47" x 0.25" x 6.7"9.6" x 6.8" x 0.3"9.4" x 6.6" x 0.29"
Weight28 oz15 oz19.05 oz16 oz
Storage64 / 128 / 512GB16 GB32 / 64 GB16 / 32/ 64 / 128MB
Cameras Rear / Front5mp front and back8.1MP / 2.2MP8MP / 2MP5MP / 1.2MP
PortsUSB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
USB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
USB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
30-pin connector Lightning connector

Which Is The Better Tablet?

Depending on your needs, all 3 different OS has their pro and cons. We have to admit when it comes to portable devices, hardware is not a strong selling point, it is the platform.

  1. Windows 8 / Microsoft Surface Pro – This is like having an instant on laptop on the go, not exactly the lightest tablet but reasonably light. What makes this better than the rest is the availability of Microsoft Office. Not to mention Photoshop and all the desktop software.
  2. iOS 7 / Apple iPad Air – Very good eco-system, lots of apps, most important of all, the apps works. Unlike Android where it might or might not work due to OS fragmentation. What we liked about iPad is it just works.
  3. Android hardware and OS – The main selling point is affordability and choice. Lots of hardware, very cheap hardware too. The drawback is fragmentation, some apps might work, some might not. Most programmers tend to test their app with the more popular brand – Samsung.

Apple iPad: Steve Jobs Keynote

It all started in 2010 with the launch of iPad by Steve Jobs. Just in case you’re wondering, the iPad came first before the iPhone. Apple has been doing research and development on a large handheld multi-touch device for many years, they simply implemented the technology into iPhone.

Tablet Infographic

Between a smartphone and a tablet, I use my tablet more often than my smartphone. Perhaps it is the big screen. Anyway, here are 2 facts on tablets and the usage of tablets.

tablet use infographic

Tablens Infographic

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