iPad Air 2 vs. Windows

Get the best of work and play with a Windows tablet. Play games, watch your favorite movies, read, and catch up with family and friends. Plus you can get stuff done with desktop programs, do two things at once side-by-side, and access your files anywhere. An iPad just can’t do all of that.


iPad vs. Surface 3

iPad Air 2

Surface 3

Thinness

iPad Air 2

.24"

 

Surface 3

.34"

0.53” with keyboard***

Battery life

iPad Air 2

Up to 10 hrs

 

Surface 3

Up to 10 hours of video playback*

Weight

iPad Air 2

.96 lbs

Surface 3

1.37 lbs

Hard drive size**

 

iPad Air 2

64 GB

Surface 3

64 GB

Display size

iPad Air 2

9.7"

Surface 3

10.8"

Specialized Pen***

iPad Air 2

Surface 3

Windows device: Yes

microSD, USB and Mini DisplayPort

The iPad has no internal storage expansion, USB, or display ports, so adapters are required. Surface 3 includes a full-sized USB port, micro-USB 3.0 port, micro SD slot, and Mini DisplayPort.

iPad Air 2

Surface 3

Windows device: Ports included

Full desktop programs***

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

iPad Air 2

Surface 3

Windows device: Runs the full desktop versions of programs

Printing

The iPad only works with AirPrint-enabled printers. Surface 3 works with most printers wired (USB) or wireless.

iPad Air 2

iPad: Works only with AirPrint-enabled printers

Surface 3

Windows device: Works with most printers

Free cloud storage

iCloud on the iPad gives you less free cloud storage than OneDrive on Surface 3.

iPad Air 2

5 GB

Surface 3

1,024 GB
(1 TB)****

Comes with Microsoft Office

Surface 3 comes with one year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal****.

iPad Air 2

Surface 3

Windows device: Comes with Microsoft Office

Multiple accounts

The iPad allows for only a single account. On Surface 3, you and every member of your family can have your own accounts, and keep your stuff separate.

iPad Air 2

iPad: Allows only a single account

Surface 3

Windows device: Allows multiple accounts

Seeing two apps at once

The iPad can only display one app at a time. Surface 3 lets you snap two apps side‑by‑side.

iPad Air 2

iPad: Displays a single app at a time

Surface 3

Windows device: Can display two apps side-by-side

Price

iPad Air 2

$599

 

Surface 3

$499

$628 with keyboard***

* Testing conducted by Microsoft in March 2015 using 128 & 64 GB units with 4 GB RAM. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.

** System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See Surface.com/Storage for more details.

*** Sold separately.

**** Available on Surface 3 with Windows 8.1 purchased prior to December 31, 2015. While supplies last. Office activation required within 6 months of Windows activation date.

Storage capacity varies based on device configuration. Battery life may vary depending on usage. Technical specs, including variations in color, vary by retailer and by country or region. Images may not be to scale.

Pricing is based on MSRP on 4/2015. Retail prices may vary.

Ultimate portability

Surface 3 offers the perfect balance of performance and value. Every aspect has been meticulously crafted–from the strong, light frame with a 3-position Kickstand to the 10.8” high-resolution screen. Surface is elegant and durable enough to take everywhere. It runs Windows and Office perfectly and has a full-sized USB for easy connectivity.

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