By: Emma Tkachuk
In today’s society technology is everything, which also means it is always changing to keep up with customer demands. There are so many competitors in the industry, with the two powerhouses being Apple and Microsoft. Recently, Microsoft has come out with the new Surface 3. It is different from any other tablet they have developed, such as the Surface 2 or Surface Pro 3. Microsoft hopes that their new Surface will replace the need for laptops. They have taken feedback, given by customers with previous Surface products, and completely innovated their new tablet.
Microsoft was already receiving pre-orders for the new Surface 3 the day of the product announcement; they unveiled of the new tablet on March 31st. It is the best of both worlds between a tablet and a PC. The Surface 3 is thinner (8.7 mm) and lighter than any other tablet they have made, weighing in at 1.37 pounds. It can run all the apps Windows provides, along with any other desktop apps the customer feels needed for in their everyday life.
How does it compare to other products on the market? It is being closely compared to the latest MacBook Air and it definitely adds up. The Surface is lighter and thinner than the MacBook. The Surface is made from magnesium, as opposed to Apple’s signature aluminum build. The display on the Mac may be just fractions bigger than that of the Surface, but the Surface has a much higher resolution at 241 pixels per inch where the Mac has 135 pixels per inch. The Surface also includes a front and rear-facing camera, instead of only having a front camera. One big difference is that the Surface has LTE available for people who are on-the-go, which the MacBook does not offer. Another very important factor is price: the Surface 3 is listed at $499, or $630 if you also buy the much needed type cover; the MacBook Air starts at $900. Although the Surface is considered a tablet, it is not compared to the iPad Air 2 because they are nearly two totally different products.
With all the features the Surface has to offer, will Microsoft finally surpass Apple? They have created a product that can change the way you work, and offer everything that will help you accomplish it, in a sleek and compact design. In my opinion, the Surface goes above and beyond any laptop or tablet on the market, even those made by Apple. So, will this tablet really replace the need for a laptop? Or will people choose to go with a regular MacBook or iPad because they are the normal, secure choices?