So the Microsoft Surface RT has not really lived up to its promise to be an iPad Killer. In fact, the iPad Mini that has previous generation specs has been outselling the Surface tablet.
But regarding 4 key areas, the Surface trumps the iPad:
1. The Best Office Integration
So Microsoft is about to roll out Microsoft Office apps for iOS and Android devices next year. But as of the moment, Windows devices have the best Office integrations in town. This is a big advantage for businesses that deploy their employees outside the office. It has Word, Excel, Powerpoint and the 2013 version of One Note. It runs great with the ARM processor and allows users to quickly save files to the cloud through Microsoft SkyDrive.
2. The Best Keyboard
Microsoft really gave the concept of their cover keyboard a lot of thought and what we’ve got are two options, the Touch Cover and the Type Cover, that works well with the Surface tablet. Both can be magnetically attached to the tablet and also acts as covers for the tablet. Like SmartCover for the iPad, it also automatically puts the tablet to sleep when it is folded over the screen. Now for the difference between the two covers. With Touch Cover, you get a very slim keypad whose keys do not depress. It uses audio clicks to mimic typing sounds to let users know if they were able to press the key. If you prefer a keypad that depresses, the Type Cover is more in your alley. It is an actual slim keyboard with actual keys instead of a flat surface like the Touch Cover. Either way, they are great additions to the Surface experience.
3. Apps that run well on the OS
Windows still has a problem with apps quantity. They still do not have the equivalent of business favorites like RingCentral and SproutSocial. But the apps that do run on it look specifically designed for it. Apps like Skype and Zinio run smoothly on the Surface tablet and features the same tile interface of Windows 8. And in the future, Microsoft is prepping to have apps run across multiple platforms and that might solve the apps problem of the company.
Unlike the iPad that does not allow you much freedom, the Microsoft Surface is much closer to Android in this regard. It allows for different modes of connection including Bluetooth, a USB port, and it even has an SD card slot for additional memory. This means more freedom to navigate files, and more room for accessories with different options for connectivity.
Though the Surface sales has been underwhelming so far, it does not mean that it there is no room for it in the tablet market. With its gorgeous tile interface and sleek design alone, it is already worth a second look. Add in the points above and you might just come to the conclusion that this might actually be the tablet for you.