CalixTech News Presents: Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air

Technology on the market today is all about personal preference. Whether you want to Facetime your friends and family 24/7 or need to work through databases, there is a device out there for everyone. Here, we’re going to compare two of the hottest devices on the market, the Surface Pro 3 and the iPad Air 2.

Surface Pro 3 Specs


Size 11.5”x7.93”x0.3” Location Digital Compass
Weight 800 grams (1.76lbs) Ports Full-size USB 3.0

microSD Card Reader

Headset jack

Mini DisplayPort

Cover port

Display Screen: 12” ClearType Full HD Plus

Resolution: 2160 x 1440

Aspect Ratio: 3:2

Touch: Multi-touch

Software Windows 10
Battery Life Up to 9 hours web browsing Cameras/Video/


5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera

5.0 megapixel front-facing camera

Stereo microphones

Stereo speakers with Dolby sound

Storage and RAM 64GB or 128 GB storage with 4GB RAM

256 GB or 512 GB storage with 8 GB RAM

Sensors Ambient light sensor




Processor 4th Gen Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 TPM Chip for enterprise security Kickstand Positions Multiple
Network Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology

What’s in the box Surface Pro 3

Surface Pen

36-watt power supply

Quick Start Guide

Safety and warranty documents.

iPad Air 2 Specs


Size 9.4in x 6.6in x 0.24in Location Digital Compass Wi-fi iBeacon microlocation; Cellular; Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Weight 0.96 lbs (437 g) Ports Lightning port
Display Retina Display

9.7 in (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

2048×1536 pixel resolution at 264 ppi

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Fully laminated display

Antireflective coating

Software iOS 9
Battery Life Built-in 27.3 watt-hour

Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery; up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music; up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network

Cameras/ Video/ Audio Video and Audio Calling capabilities
Storage and Ram 16GB, 64GB, 128GB Sensors Touch ID; Three-axis gyro; Accelerometer; Barometer; Ambient light sensor
Processor A8X chip with 64-bit architecture

M8 motion coprocessor

Kickstand Positons None
Network Wifi Model: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO; Bluetooth 4.2 technology What’s in the box iPad Air 2; Lighting Cable to USB Cable; USB Power Adapter

Now after looking at the specs, I’m sure you’re thinking – cool that tells me technically how they compare but I want to know the truth. Well it’s your lucky day because the truth is here. I’ve owned and used Apple products solely for the last 5 years, up until about two weeks ago. I’ve had almost every device that Apple has on the market, including the iPad Air 2 and now I have replaced that iPad with the Surface Pro 3. Yes I know, it seems taboo for avid Apple users to break through the “Apple/PC” rivalry but I’d been curious for a while and wanted to make my own decision on which device would work best for me. It’s been a really awesome journey so far. I still own a Macbook Pro that still serves it’s purpose, but now adding the Surface Pro 3 into the mix, it has changed the game for me a little bit. I now have the best of both worlds and I do not regret a moment of it!

When having the iPad, yes I was able to do most of the things I’m able to do on computer; however, I wanted more. Apple products are still a growing commodity in the business world. Not many companies operate solely on Apple products and I didn’t want to be one of those who had to teach myself the in’s and out’s of a Windows machine while also trying to learn a new trade. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my iPad. It served it’s purpose well as my primary source of Hulu, Netflix and reading tablet. I also liked being able to answer my messages and all that on the device too but it finally got to a point that I thought it wasn’t enough.


The Surface Pro 3 offers me a few more things that the iPad Air 2 didn’t. For starters, the Surface has a USB port, where I’m able to quickly transfer documents from my computer to the Surface and continue working on them from there. Although you are able to purchase Microsoft Office for Mac, the subscription only limits you to Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. On the surface, you get those plus Access, Publisher, and OneNote, which to me is a slightly better buy if you use those programs. Both equally as fast and capable, having the Surface Pro 3 compared to the iPad Air 2 is almost incomparable because when you think about it and really look at the differences, you realize that the Surface Pro 3 runs more like a computer than it does a larger version of a phone. But again, it’s per personal preference.

Which of these best suits your needs?


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Melissa Pettiford
Melissa Pettiford
Columnist @MelPFord

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