Despite very poor sales, Microsoft is still insisting its Surface tablet computer is better than Apple’s iPad. That’s not surprising. However, the way the company has organized the strengths and weaknesses of each device in a handy little chart admittedly does provide a few compelling reasons to take the Surface out for a spin. But there’s one glaring omission, too.
Microsoft recently took to its blog to post a side-by-side chart profiling a wide range of vital iPad/Surface statistics. Specifically, the company compared the fourth-generation iPad 32GB and the 32GB edition of the Surface RT, which runs a slimmed-down version of Windows 8 called Windows RT.
The chart reveals the two tablets have a few things in common: both are 0.37″ thick, both weigh roughly a pound-and-a-half and both allow for wireless printing.
There are also a few areas where the iPad comes out on top: its battery life is listed at ten hours (versus Surface’s eight) and it’s just a tad lighter at 1.44 pounds (versus Surface’s 1.5 pounds).
But in most other areas the Surface excels: it’s got a larger screen (10.6″ versus 9.7″); it comes equipped with microSD and USB ports, it can print to virtually any type of wireless printer, it offers more cloud storage (7GB versus 5GB), it comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT, it allows for multiple user accounts, it allows users to present apps side-by-side and it’s about $100 cheaper ($499 versus $599).
Visitors to the site can also draw comparisons between the Surface RT and the ASUS VivoTab Smart, the Dell XPS 10 and the HP Envy x2. Now you just need a site where you can get HP coupon codes or coupon codes for the others as well.
Of course, the comparison doesn’t take the availability of applications into account. Right now there are roughly 80,000 apps available in Microsoft’s Windows Store, while iPad users have access to more than 700,000 apps through the iTunes Store.
I guess Microsoft just straight-up forgot about that one.