Comparing 128GB versions of the iPad, Surface Pro
Apple started selling a 128GB version of the iPad tablet this week, just days before the availability of Microsoft's 128GB Surface Pro tomorrow. While it looks like the carefully-timed release of the 128GB iPad puts it on an even footing with the Surface Pro, Brooke Crothers of CNET argues that the storage figures have a different meaning in each platform.
For one, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is using a flash drive optimized for power efficiency, while Microsoft is using the same kind of solid-state drive that is found in laptops and Ultrabooks--including Apple's MacBooks. "Apple is using something that's more optimized for cost/power/form factor while Microsoft is using the type of SSD you'd stick in a high-end Ultrabook or other PC," according to Anand Shimpi of popular tech website Anandtech.
In addition, Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Surface Pro also comes with specifications suited for running a full-fledged version of the Windows operating system. This ranges from the use of the mSATA interface for its SSD, 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor. The Windows 8 OS also utilizes a standard file system, while individual applications can only access their own files under the iOS.
Although the Surface Pro does have a lot of versatility, it has a disadvantage when it comes to storage capacity: Microsoft has publicly stated that the 128GB Surface with Windows 8 Pro will only have 83GB of available storage space. The advertised capacity of the iPad, however, is the amount of space that is available for use.
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