Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs. Apple iPad Air 2: Which is better for you?

Irene Feher

In a world filled with technology where portable tablets are so practical, the newest tablets from Microsoft and Apple are in high competition.

Photo from Microsoft's website
Photo from Microsoft’s website

Microsoft presented the Surface Pro 3 with the capabilities of a computer with unique

accessories. Apple’s iPad Air 2 is more of a tablet for enjoyment, rather than for productivity, with more enhanced features.

Starting at $799 for 64 GB with Intel i3, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 promises that it’s the tablet that can replace laptops.

The tablet is better than ever, weighing 2.4 pounds and having a battery life of nine hours. The 12-inch tablet comes with a full-size USB port and a microSD card reader, giving it unique features the iPad Air 2 doesn’t offer.

The Surface Pro comes with the Surface Pen, which delivers a natural experience as you’d write and draw on paper. The accessory is responsive with over 250 levels of pressure sensitivity and includes Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

The tablet also comes with a built-in kickstand and a full size keyboard, making it ideal for a variety of tasks.

The lightweight tablet can run any program that runs on Windows, including Office, iTunes and Photoshop, making it a full laptop replacement.

Photo from Apple's website
Photo from Apple’s website

Starting at $599 for 64 GB with iOS8, the Apple iPad Air 2 puts all the capabilities of a computer you may ever need in a simple piece of glass.

Being 18% thinner and displaying more vivid colors with a better Retina display, the tablet is at its best.

The redesigned display fused three layers into one and added an antireflective coating, giving the least reflective display.

The tablet also comes with a 10 hour battery life, letting the user enjoy more. The breakthrough Touch ID technology has more security than before by using your fingerprint as a password, a feature the Surface Pro 3 doesn’t offer.

The tablet also comes with the new iSight camera, which has features like panorama, time-lapse videos and slo-mo. The best part of the iPad Air 2 is all the powerful apps available in the App Store for everyday use designed for the large Retina display.