Professionals Will Find The $499 Microsoft Surface 3 More Useful Than The iPad Pro

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Motek Moyen


  • Apple’s decision to use an ARM-based processor for its iPad Pro product is a blessing for Microsoft.
  • Creative industry employees will continue to favor Surface tablets from Microsoft.
  • In the office environment, the entry-level Microsoft Surface 3 is more attractive than the $799 iPad Pro.

As someone still involved in the creative services industry, I opine that the $499 Surface 3 from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the better productivity tool than the $799 iPad Pro from Apple (AAPL). Even though the Surface 3 comes with a smaller 10.8-inch display (iPad Pro has 12.9 inches), its ability to run industry standard software makes it a clear winner.

The Atom-powered Surface 3 is already a proven decent gaming machine than runs most PC games at acceptable frame rates. The good performance and portability of the Surface 3 also makes it ideal for wider adoption in thebusiness, educational, and creative markets.

Aside from its competitive edge that it can run full versions of Microsoft Office 2013/Quicken, the basic Surface 3 model comes with a bigger 64GB internal storage, full size USB 3.0 port, and a microSD card slot for easy storage expansion.

The $799 iPad Pro doesn't have expansion USB/microSD ports and only has 32GB of internal storage. Microsoft also sells the Surface pen for $50, while the Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro retails for $99.

The Surface 3 doesn't have the Core i5 of the Surface Pro 3. However, the $35/tray Atom x7-Z8700 processor inside it is capable enough to run all the most important image editing and vector illustration programs. Creative Director Loc Nguyen already proved that the cheaper tablet from Microsoft can handle Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Autodesk (ADSK) SketchBook Pro, and Mischief.

(Source: Luc Nguyen/ParkaBlogs)

The A9X SoC of the iPad Pro boasts a GeekBench single-core score of 2090 and multi-core score of 5101. These scores are obviously higher than that of the Surface 3's Atom x7-Z8700.

(Source: Primate Labs)

However, the real world utilization of the iPad Pro remains handicapped by the limitation of iOS apps. Sure, there are now some decent iPad

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Motek Moyen is a financial analyst, technician, and Adobe multimedia content creator. He studied Mathematics, Commercial Advertising, and Computer Science in the 1990s. He does not trade stocks.

Disclosure: I am/we are long MSFT, AAPL. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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