Microsoft Surface 3

by David Loft posted March 31st 2015

File Under Mobile

At $499, it's priced in line with the iPad Air 2

The Surface 3's 10.8" 3:2 aspect ratio display is a great size. By comparison, I've always found the Pro 3 to be too big to make a great tablet and too small to make a great laptop. The Surface 3 looks like a great tablet, and unfortunately a not so good laptop. So as long as you're buying the Surface 3 for a tablet, it looks to be a good choice.

At $499, it's priced in line with the iPad Air 2, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and just $100 more than the Nexus 9. This makes it a very compelling option in the premium tablet space. Unfortunately for us Canadians, it's $639. I get that going by exchange rate, that's what it should be. But when the iPad Air 2 is $90 cheaper in Canada, the Nexus 9 is $210 cheaper & the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is $120 cheaper, it's an issue, that will hurt sales.

the upgraded model would be worth getting as it will double the RAM and storage

The base model comes with just 2GB of RAM and I'm not sure I want a Windows device with that little memory. Maybe I'm wrong here, maybe Windows 8/10 runs great with just 2GB, but as a long time Windows user, more RAM is always better. So the upgraded model would be worth getting as it will double the RAM and storage, to 4GB and 128GB. But that also brings the price to $759, well out of the range of the other tablets, it's competing with. Also worth noting for just $90 more, you could get the base model Surface Pro 3 for $849 with a larger display, faster Core i3 processor and the pen is included.

Also crazy is the accessory pricing. $49 for the pen, $159 for the keyboard cover and $249 for the dock. Odd as the Surface Pro 3 cover is $129 and its dock, just $199. Giving these prices I would imagine that the the Pro accessories will go up in price as to not add confusion to the buying decision. It's also likely we may see the Surface Pro 3 go up in price as well, so there is a clear price differentiation between the normal Surface 3 and the Pro.

Honestly, I really like the idea of this device and would strongly consider it for my next tablet

After getting past all of those shortcomings, you still have a device that's a little too small for desktop Windows apps and is lacking when it comes to the selection of Windows tablet apps. Honestly, I really like the idea of this device and would strongly consider it for my next tablet, but they have a few things that needs addressing. Maybe with the Surface 4 running Windows 10 and hopefully a larger selection of tablet apps, it will be a stronger contender?

But if you do buy this, you will have one of the best built tablets available, if not, the, best. There are currently no Android tablets that offer the build quality of the Surface line, leaving only Apple to compete. You also get an OS that natively supports multiple apps on screen at once. Something sorely missing from the stock Android and on the iPad. Worth mentioning, unlike previous non Pro models, you do get access to all the desktop class Windows apps, so full Photoshop, not a limited mobile app. But I'd suggest getting the pen.

Source: Mobile Syrup


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