I can remember when the first iPad made its mark in 2010 and the public was over the top with their enthusiasm for this innovative product. Even when the iPad 2 rolled out a year later, people were renting and buying this technology in droves.
Fast forward to 2014 and while the iPad Air 2 was just introduced, it appears that the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3, is giving tablet users pause. Even with an estimated iPad market share of 27%, Microsoft is coming on strong.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty of product specifications, let me say this: If your company or event attendees want MS Windows OS and Office Suite, the Surface Pro 3 tablet rental makes a lot of sense. On the other hand, if they are used to iOS and love the Apple lineup, iPad rentals probably are a good choice.
What the Surface Pro 3 Has that the iPad Does Not
USB 3.0 Port: This Universal Serial Bus (USB) is the standard for computer connectivity. USB 3.0 allows for the transfer of data at up to 5 Gbit/s which is more than ten times faster than USB 2.0 technology.
Surface Pen: This device acts as a mouse alternative and allows you to mark up documents, photos and take handwritten notes and instantly transform them into OneNote.
Detachable Keyboard Cover & Kickstand: While these options are available with iPads, they are add-ons and not integrated into the technology. In addition, the Pro 3 has a “clickable” keyboard, which mimics a standard PC keyboard.
How the Surface Pro 3 Lines Up to an iPad Air 2
…is 22% longer and 18% wider which means it has 47% more screen size than the iPad.
This larger screen may be a very attractive to your employees and attendees who want larger photos, videos and presentations to view.
…is 49% thicker and weighs 2.5 times more than the Air.
Attendees may be concerned if they are going to be standing and walking while using the tablet for note taking and application access.
…has 22% less pixel resolution than the iPad Air 2.
This can be important with second screen uses in a large audience environment where attendees want a very crisp view of the presenter.
…has 4 times more storage than the iPad Air 2 and a microSD slot to expand beyond that.
If your company or event is planning on placing a lot of data, presentations and video on a tablet, the Surface is the answer, hands down.
…has a 9-hour battery life, which is pretty close to the Air.
If there has been an Achilles Heel of the Surface, this has been in it. Previously, versions of the Surface have been sorely lacking in longevity of battery life. When it comes to tablet rentals, this is a great stride for Microsoft.
Bottom line, if you want a tablet that acts like a laptop, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is probably the rental for you, your employees and attendees.
However, if you are exclusively looking for a tablet with touch screen capabilities and a lot of apps, iPad rentals are probably the best option.
The Good News
Hartford Technology Rental has a wide selection of Microsoft Surface tablet and Apple iPad rentals for your event, trade show or corporate rental needs. Give us a call at 888-520-5667 to learn more!