Microsoft Surface vs. iPad vs. Galaxy Note 10.1

by nanopitech on October 18, 2012

Microsoft has lately revealed how much the soon to be released Surface tablet would cost. The price for the 32GB Windows RT slate is going to be $499, and customers would have to pay $100 extra for the one with the touch keyboard. The price for the 64GB variant is going to be $699 with the keyboard cover.

This means this tablet is going to be priced at a less amount then other upcoming Windows RT tablets, such as Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, which has a starting price of $799, and it’s even less then the iPad, which is $100 for the 32GB version.

The president of the Windows and Windows Live division at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky stated that they are excited about the price and the value. The tablet is offering a terrific deal according to him.

Look at the chart comparing the features of the Microsoft Surface with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets and the Wi-Fi only iPad.


Microsoft Surface

Apple iPad

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Pricing $499 for 32GB w/o Touch Cover; $599 for 32GB w/ Touch Cover; $699 for 64GB w/ Touch Cover $499 for 16GB; $599 for 32GB; $699 for 64GB $499.99 for 16GB; $549.99 for 32GB
Operating system Windows RT Apple iOS 6 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Size 10.81 inches high by 6.77 inches wide by 0.37 inch thick; 1.5 pounds 9.5 inches high by 7.31 inches wide by 0.37 inch thick; 1.44 pounds 10.3 inches high by 7.1 inches wide by 0.35 inch thick; 1.31 pounds
Display 10.6-inch, 1,366 x 760 pixel multi-touchscreen 9.7-inch, 2,048 x 1,536 pixel multi-touchscreen 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 pixel multi-touchscreen
Camera 720p HD rear- and front-facing cameras 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
Processor Nvidia T30 processor Dual-core Apple A5X processor 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor
Expansion slot Yes No Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, digital compass, ambient light, gyroscope Accelerometer, digital compass, ambient light, gyroscope Accelerometer, digital compass, ambient light, gyroscope
Ports USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, HD video out, cover port 30-pin connector, 3.5mm headphone jack USB 2.0, proprietary power connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, infrared port
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Notable features Features a “VaporMG” magnesium casing, ships with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Siri personal assistant app, retina display with IPS technology for wider viewing angles Ships with S Pen, a pressure-sensitive stylus that can be used to take handwritten notes
Colors Black Black, white Gray, white

What do you think about Microsoft Surface? Is it going to be a good buy?


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  • Kawser Nasim

    There is no way in hell I would buy the Surface Tab. Doesn’t even come close to what the competitors have.

  • vic10us

    I would add multi user to the surface list.

  • Nicolò Mellini

    So add multiwindow for galaxy note :)