Tablets Replace iPad with Surface Pro 3?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by shanshor, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. shanshor macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    Pretty much, I'm thinking of replacing my iPad and Surface Pro 1 with a new Surface Pro 3.

    Essentially, here's how i use each device:

    iPad 4:
    Travel companion (games/movies on plane and at hotels)
    Remote for iTunes on PC
    General web browsing device
    MusicNotes/UltimateGuitar for music and tablature

    Surface Pro 1
    Use in lab to connect my USB microscope (does not work with Macintosh)
    Use in class (sometimes) to take notes / annotate PDFs. Would probably use more often with SP3.

    It would cost me about $500 to make the upgrade. Do you think it would be worth it for me? Thanks guys
     
  2. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    I'm pretty biased, but I'd say HELL yes. Unless you are running an iOS specific game that is exclusive to iOS, or for a rare app that you can't find in windows form.

    Games: superior IMO, but that's because I load desktop games onto it. YMMV and this is only personal preference. Woo GTAV on my tablet!!!

    ITunes remote: not sure how it works as a remote, but hey you can always just install iTunes onto the surface taking away a level of complexity.

    Web browsing: No comparison, you see the web in it's full glory the way it was intended.

    Music: this I'm not sure of, I'm sure others will chime in.
     
  3. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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  4. shanshor thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow cool! Ok, how does it work in a travel setting? Do you have any experience like that?
     
  5. Misskitty macrumors 6502

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    look at my sig. i did it two weeks ago, and its the best decision ive made this year.
     
  6. slu macrumors 68000

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    Hell, I'm considering replacing a Mac mini and a Nexus 7 with a Surface Pro 3. I'd say do it.
     
  7. shanshor thread starter macrumors regular

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    How does it hold up? Do you recommend the typecover?
     
  8. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    It's incredible in a travel setting, if anything that's it's strong point.

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    Type cover is a must, a true innovation that changes the game IMO.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    The odds are pretty good for me, that I'll be looking to get a SP3 to replace my laptop. Maybe by then, the SP4 may be out.

    I think the SP3 is an excellent product to replace your iPad and upgrade over your SP1. From what I've seen and read, the SP3 is a huge upgrade over the SP1 and you'll see the difference in performance and the larger display.
     
  10. jamezr macrumors G4

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    What is your battery life like?

    I know at least 3 guys at my work that are/have bought SP3's. They love them so far. Their experiences say it is a total laptop replacement.....tablet with a true desktop OS......
     
  11. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    Surface Pro 3 is about the same weight and thickness as my iPad2 but with a bigger sharper display and immensely more powerful and versatile not only for consumption but also for productivity and creativity. Even for consumption full Chrome browser with Adblock Plus is a much better experience free of annoying pop up ads. If you fly a lot it's much lighter and easier going through airport screening with one device vs multiple. I typically go through a business day on battery so it's a non-issue.
     
  12. gotluck macrumors 603

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    Surface Pro 3 is looking pretty darn good to me.

    The only negative to me is price (if you are comparing against tablets, which isn't really fair yes).

    I can't really justify purchasing a new tablet or laptop at the moment, but I can all but promise it will be a Surface Pro #
     
  13. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a

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    I would ask if the Surface Pro 1 that you currently have does what you need. If it does, why replace it? Would you miss all your iPad apps that you have? I am sure the iPad has great note taking apps as well as a way to annotate PDF's. Would a cheap windows laptop do the same thing for you?
     
  14. Misskitty macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely love it, dont miss the ipad air or MacBook Pro at all. It was a big risk but it was well worth it for me cause the SP3 just suits my lifestyle and the way I compute at home much better.

    The type cover is a must, IMO the SP3 wouldnt be half as useful or fun without the type cover. Its amazingly comfortable to type on as well.
     
  15. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    Any rumors about timeframe for SP4 with Windows 10?
     
  16. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    I don't use mine often enough to really gauge battery life. The couple of times I've used it until it died I probably got a solid 8-10 hours out of it, but that may vary depending on what you are doing.

    It is a total laptop replacement with the advantage of being a great tablet.
     
  17. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

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    I recently made the switch, though I had tried the SP2 and SP3 previously. I'm really enjoying it. It's a much better device than my iPad Air and MBP combo, because a lot of my electronic usage revolves around handwriting my med school notes. I'm very hopeful that Apple will make an upcoming tablet/hybrid that incorporates true stylus support with palm rejection, but honestly, I got tired of waiting. It's taking some getting used to, but there are many more pros than cons.
     
  18. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I just did this today. I think it was the best decision because I can install any application including full versions of Office and even have my iTunes too. The Surface Pro also has a SD card that can handle up to 128GB.

    I also got a black keyboard for mine. I like how the keyboard is backlit.

    I bought mine at BestBuy right now due to the extended return dates due to the holidays. I also got them to price match to what MicroCenter was selling so I got $100 off mine.

    iPads and Android tablets are too limiting.
     
  19. 1000 macrumors member

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    I gave up my iPad 3 for a SP3 a few months back. Let me say this without reservation, the SP3 is the finest device I have ever owned. It is wonderful as a tablet (has the most pleasing to the eye display I've seen), it's also great as a laptop (perhaps better on a table than a lap, but still serviceable) and having a full desktop OS in it's form factor is just so darned freeing. I work in legal technology for a large law firm so at any time I can whip it out and access IE, Citrix, Office and the like whereas with an iPad I was constantly fighting to do things on the move.

    Best decision I ever made, and I've been a staunch Apple guy for 10 years.

    1000
     
  20. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

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    I think the battery life is pretty good. The only time I have had it at 100% and used it constantly until the battery was at 0% I got around 7 hours. However, I was watching training videos that were flash based and I had my screen brightness turned up so I am sure I can get more.

    Also, I am not 100% sure on this but I heard that with a firmware update, the power typecover will work. I am hoping they release a power typecover exclusive to the SP3.
     
  21. jamezr macrumors G4

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  22. DeathTheKid macrumors member

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    It is a: tablet, ultrabook, and Wacom digitizer all in one. What is not to love.
     
  23. Armen macrumors 604

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    Definitely a big YES from me. The Pro 3 is a laptop. The iPad is not.

    If it was between a Macbook Air and a Pro 3 it's just preference.
     
  24. mgipe macrumors demi-god

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    I've had my SP3 for about two weeks now and am very happy with the purchase. It's a nice piece of hardware. I bought it for the pen features, which unfortunately, the iPad has been missing since day one. I still use my iPad extensively, but the Surface has taken on more of the important work.

    My only complaint is Windows 8. I'm looking for a good tool to get rid of the metro junk.
     
  25. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I'm keen to pull the trigger on one next year. Well once they make it with the new windows. I can't stand windows 8 :( but it looks like it has improved a lot since the first SP.
     

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