By Vamien McKalin | Oct 31, 2012 03:09 PM EDT
The Microsoft Surface RT tablet, with Windows RT at the helm, holds the promise to be a hit product for the holidays. However, Microsoft's tablet has competition from the iPad, and possibly the iPad mini.
While the iPad is arguably the most popular tablet among consumers, several new tablets have been launched of late, including the Microsoft Surface RT which goes on sale on Oct. 26.
This OS may not be the same as Windows 8, but it is still a more powerful operating system when compared to iOS on the iPad. The iOS on the iPad is a slightly improved version of the same software on the iPhone. Windows RT in many ways is the same compared to Windows 8; users will get all the cool functions to play around with, except for Legacy applications.
When the Surface RT is booted up, users will be greeted with the Windows 8 Design Style user interface. Unlike the iPad, user interface is not just a grid of icons, but that of Live Tiles. These Tiles show relevant information that does not require the user to launch the app to view certain basic information. This piece of innovation works great on Windows Phone and even better on Windows 8 where the user has more customization options.
Microsoft Office 2013
Aside from Windows, the Office Suite is Microsoft's top-selling software product and arguably the best in its class. The Apple iPad has nothing that compares to Microsoft's offering, and despite the App Store having a plethora of options, none of these give the same world class experience as Office, which makes Office 2013 a perfect reason for purchasing a Surface RT tablet this Christmas.
Doesn't seem like much does it? Well it is. The ability to plug your USB devices into your tablet is something users shouldn't be deprived of. Users can rest assure that with the Surface RT, they can always have the option to plug-in their USB drive, or their favorite keyboard. This is not possible on the Apple iPad, and may never be a feature to find its place on the device for a long time to come.
The Surface RT tablet's biggest advantage is the Touch Cover. This accessory comes as both a cover and keyboard for those who prefer having something to type on apart from just the touchscreen. While the iPad has a cover, it is not a keyboard and the user is required to purchase a separate attachment to do that task.
There is no doubt the Apple iPad is a worthy tablet deserving of its success; however, when it comes down to real computer work, Apple's tablet falls short. This is where the Microsoft Surface RT comes in as it is not just a tablet for doing simple tasks like checking Facebook or sending a tweet on Twitter, it allows the user to perform powerful real computer tasks, which is the main reason why consumers should consider purchasing a Surface RT tablet over the Apple iPad.
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