iPad vs. Windows tablet

You want a sleek, fast new tablet. One you can slip into your bag and hit the road with. A sleek little device that you will count on for keeping in touch, getting things done, and playing a bit of Angry Birds.

Both Windows tablets and the iPad give you apps, games, and touchscreen entertainment of all kinds. But Windows tablets also gives you the full power to be productive with your favorite desktop programs, use almost any printer, and multitask with two apps on the screen at once. The iPad can’t do all that.

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Popular apps

Like the iPad, Windows devices have a huge selection of popular apps.

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Touchscreen fun

Many Windows devices, including a huge selection of lightweight tablets, have touchscreens for games and immersive web surfing.

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Full desktop programs

Want to use the full version of iTunes? Or the full versions of Photoshop, Quicken, or any of thousands of other essential programs? You can't on an iPad.

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Seeing two apps at once

The iPad can only display one app at a time. Windows devices let you snap two apps side by side.

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Use almost any printer

The iPad only works with AirPrint-enabled printers. Windows devices work with the widest variety of printers.

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15 GB of free cloud storage

Windows devices give you 15 GB of free cloud storage on OneDrive vs. 5 GB on iCloud with the iPad.

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Multiple accounts

The iPad allows for only a single account. Windows devices allow you and your family to keep your stuff separate by giving everyone their own account.

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