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Microsoft has set up a comparison page, comparing its Surface RT tablet to the iPad.
The page starts off by saying, “Get the best of work and play with a Windows tablet. Play games, watch your favorite movies, read, and catch up with family and friends. Plus you can get stuff done with Office, do two things at once side-by-side, and access your files anywhere. An iPad just can’t do all of that.”
In terms of “thinness,” both tablets are even at .37 inches. When it comes to “battery life,” the iPad wins with ten hours as opposed to the Surface RT’s eight hours. In terms of “weight,” the iPad is lighter at 1.44lbs, compared to Surface RT’s 1.5lbs. When it comes to “display size,” the Surface RT comes with a bigger 10.6-inch screen as opposed to the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen.
Here’s where Microsoft starts building up their tablet.
Talking about “microSD and USB ports,” the Redmond firm says, “To plug a microSD card or USB device into an iPad, you need adapters. Price: $58. The Surface includes ports for these.”
About printers, Microsoft says, “The iPad only works with AirPrint-enabled printers. The Surface RT works with most printers.”
When it comes to “free cloud storage,” it says, “iCloud on the iPad gives you less free cloud storage than SkyDrive on the Surface.”
Talking about “Microsoft Office,” Microsoft says, “The only consumer Office app the iPad can run is OneNote. The Surface RT comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT.”
When it comes to “multiple accounts,” it says, “The iPad allows for only a single account. On the Surface RT, you and every member of your family can have your own accounts, and keep your stuff separate.”
When multitasking comes to mind, Microsoft says, “The iPad can only display one app at a time. The Surface RT lets you snap two apps side‑by‑side.”
Lastly, it compares price. The iPad will set you back $599 (around £390), while the Surface RT costs $499 (around £325).
The site compares the iPad to the ASUS VivoTab Smart, Dell XPS 10, and HP ENVY x2.
Does this make you want to get your hands on the Surface RT, or do you still prefer the iPad? Let us know through a comment on our Facebook page.
A policeman shops his own son for running up a £3,700 bill on his credit card for playing games on his iPad, The Daily Mail reports.
The paper reports, “The 13-year-old was mortified by what he had done – but worse was to come. For instead of punishing him, his father filed an official police complaint effectively accusing him of fraud.
“Doug Crossan, 48, said he was horrified when his credit card company informed him of the amount his son had spent on the games in Apple’s online App Store.
“Cameron could now face arrest and questioning by detectives.
“But that is not the reason the teenager was shopped. If Mr Crossan had wanted him to feel the force of the law he could have done it himself – he is a PC with Avon and Somerset Police. He contacted the national Action Fraud helpline in the hope of getting his money back from Apple.
“He says Cameron was unaware he was being charged for the purchases and wants Apple to refund the cash. But the technology giant has so far refused, so Mr Crossan believes that by reporting the purchases as fraudulent his credit card company will have to foot the bill.”
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Crossan said, “I am sure Cameron had no intention to do it, but I had to have a crime reference number if there was any chance of getting any credit card payments refunded.
“In theory the local police station would contact me and ask for Cameron to come in to be interviewed. I could make it difficult, of course, and refuse to bring him in, and they would have to come and arrest him.”
Crossan adds, “There was no indication in the game that he was being charged for any of the clicks made within it.
“He innocently thought that, because it was advertised as a free game, the clicks would not cost anything.”
According to the paper, “Apple has refused to cancel the charges, citing parental responsibility and pointing out that iPads contain password locks to prevent accidental or unwanted purchases.”
Crossan says, “I am a father of a studious, polite and sensible 13-year-old who has been duped after uploading free children’s games on his iPod and iPad.
“Our son is mortified to think that this has happened. I wonder how many others there are in the UK that have suffered at the hands of these apps?”
Speaking about shopping his own son, Crossan says, “Really I just want to embarrass Apple as much as possible. Morally, I just don’t understand where Apple gets off, charging for a child’s game.”
The Daily Mail notes, “In the US, Apple is paying £66million in compensation to parents whose children ran up huge bills. The case is unlikely to affect British families.”
Has your child run up the bill playing games on an iPad? Let us know through a comment on our Facebook page.
Apple has just recently released the 128GB version of the iPad. Sadly, even Apple fans think the device is “too expensive”.
The Wi-Fi-only version of the device will set you back £639. The version with a SIM-card will cost you a whopping £739.
Commenting on CNET UK’s Facebook page, one reader says, “Definitely too expensive.”
On the original article, one reader says, “I don’t see the need in a 128GB tablet. In my eyes a tablet is not a laptop replacement.”
Another says, “Use iCloud and iTunes Match sensibly and you don’t need 128GB.”
Yet another says, “You can get a MacBook Air for not much more.”
When asked if they would buy one, one reader writes, “I wouldn’t say it’s overpriced as it’s built from quality components and the design and innovation of the iPad is something no company can match, but why you would need 128GB for an iPad I don’t know. You would just buy a Mac.”
It looks like not even Apple fans think that it would be a good idea getting the 128GB version of the iPad with retina display. However, Apple did say that the tablet was designed with education and business in mind. So the Cupertino firm may not be targeting individual buyers, but schools and companies instead.
Would you like to get your hands on the 128GB version of the iPad, or do you think the device is too expensive? Share your thoughts through a comment on our Facebook page.