iPad mini vs. Windows

The world of compact tablets isn't what it used to be.

You want the newest, fastest, most stylish 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 Words with Friends.

Both Windows and the iPad mini give you apps, games, and touchscreen entertainment of all kinds. But Windows gives you the full power to be productive and get stuff done with your favorite desktop programs.


iPad mini vs. ASUS VivoTab Note 8

iPad mini

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

Thinness

iPad mini

0.28"

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

0.43"

Battery life

iPad mini

10 hrs

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

7 hrs

Weight

iPad mini

0.68 lbs

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

0.84 lbs

Display size

iPad mini

7.9"

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

8"

USB port

To plug a USB device into an iPad mini, you need an adapter. The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 includes a Micro USB 2.0 port.

iPad mini

iPad mini: Requires a separately sold adapter

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

Windows device: Ports included

Stylus

iPad mini

iPad mini: no stylus.

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

Windows device: has a stylus.

Hard drive size

iPad mini

16 GB

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

32 GB

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 mini

iPad: Does not run full desktop programs

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

Windows device: Runs the full desktop versions of programs

Comes with Microsoft Office

The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

iPad mini

Office 365 subscription sold separately

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

Windows device: Comes with Microsoft Office

Seeing two apps at once

The iPad mini can only display one app at a time. The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 lets you snap two apps side‑by‑side.

iPad mini

iPad mini: Displays a single app at a time

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

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

Printing

The iPad mini only works with AirPrint-enabled printers. The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 works with most printers.

iPad mini

iPad mini: Works only with AirPrint-enabled printers

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

Windows device: Works with most printers

Free cloud storage

iCloud on the iPad mini gives you less free cloud storage than OneDrive on the ASUS VivoTab Note 8.

iPad mini

5 GB

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

15 GB

Multiple accounts

The iPad mini allows for only a single account. On the ASUS VivoTab Note 8, you and every member of your family can have your own accounts, and keep your stuff separate.

iPad mini

iPad mini: Allows only a single account

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

Windows device: Allows multiple accounts

Price

iPad mini

$249

ASUS VivoTab Note 8

$249

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 6/2014. Retail prices may vary.

Lightweight powerhouse

You can browse, read, and play games for hours on the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 with Windows 8.1. It's light enough to take with you and was designed for on the spot notetaking with a built-in stylus.

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