Recent quarterly reports about the success of tablet sales has put Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 in a very favourable position. According to Motley Fool’s article, the Apple iPad has seen a drop compared to recent years, while the Surface line of tablets by Microsoft has finally seen some impressive sales. To be fair, Apple reported $5.3 billion in sales for the iPad, which is more than five times that of the Surface’s $900 million. However, this trend is showing something about the direction that we’re headed with devices becoming more powerful and portable. Check out TabTimes article about low cost tablet competitors to the iPad.
As Motley Fool’s article explains, Microsoft has very carefully made a device which can fit the needs of students, professionals, and enterprises. Companies who don’t currently have a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policy could potentially purchase large quantities of Surface Pro 3’s to be used by all of their employees. Some of the attractive features include a docking station which allows the Pro 3 to be connected to a large variety of peripherals including monitor, keyboard, mouse, and more. However the weight and size of the product makes it incredibly portable. This allows the user to quickly undock, and head off to a meeting or anywhere they need to go.
One of the most interesting aspects of devices like the Surface is seeing an all-in-one device which satisfies nearly all needs a user may have. Imagine being able to carry such a light device with great processing power and memory for any work you need to do on-the-go, then docking it into your docking station at home, at work, for more screen real estate and more easily-used peripherals. Finally, imagine sitting on the couch with your family, playing games or ‘slinging’ media content onto your larger screen. The possibilities are endless. Of course, Microsoft isn’t the only company making an all-in-one solution. There are many comparison’s and reviews of other products such as Master Herald’s article comparing the Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 to the Surface Pro 3.
This prompts the question of where Apple will go with future lines of their iPads. With the iPhone 6 plus offering a larger screen experience, there may be a slowdown in iPad sales. So far, we haven’t heard anything about Apple creating a touch screen MacBook Air model. Maybe one day we’ll see a MacBook Air with a hinge like that of Lenovo’s Yoga Pro to combat these ‘laplet’ markets. We’re seeing the demand for such a device with all of the all-in-one touch screen PC’s and tablets that are doing so well right now. But who will be the market leader?
If you’d like to check out the Surface Pro 3 or other Surface products, go to the Microsoft website.