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Surface Pro 2 vs. Surface Pro 3 – Quick Comparison of Performance and Handling Experience

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In the present smartphone arena, the product cycle of any device would not be more than a year.

The time span of one year is enough for the product to make a mark for itself in the market, before its successor is launched by the company. Nowadays, smartphone manufacturing companies have little patience left in them before they release their upgraded product into the market. May it be poor sales or imminent competition; these smartphone manufacturing companies do not want to lag behind in any sphere.

Similar is the case with Microsoft, which released the Surface Pro 2 device, just nine months after the successful launch of the original Surface device. However, the company was not satisfied with the response they got from Surface Pro 2. As a result, Microsoft did their home work right this time and released the Surface Pro 3 device. The Windows Phone comes with the latest and upgraded features and certain physical enhancements to provide the user with improved handling experience.

Let us compare the two devices – the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface Pro 3, in terms of their performance and handling experience offered to the potential user.

Which product offers a better handling experience?

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Let us review the Surface Pro 2 handset first.

Messaging: In terms of messaging, the Pro 2 does not have any issues with the on-screen keyboard, as that with its predecessor. The Windows 8.1 offers the user with a smooth functioning experience. In terms of on-screen viewing option, the landscape mode is considered the best, considering the responsiveness of the rate of input incorporated into the handset. However, the portrait option has some lags to be encountered; whereas, the handwriting recognition and the split style keyboard option provides a decent experience to the user.

Organizer: In addition to the basic Calendar and People Hubs, the WP 8.1 provides the user with apps such as Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, Sound Recorder, Alarm and Calculator applications.

Internet: The handset comes equipped with Internet Explorer 11, providing the user with two options – desktop and touch-friendly option. Both have smooth navigation control, instant page representation and offer quicker page loads.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

In comparison, the Surface Pro 3 is claimed by the Microsoft as an ultimate answer to replace the laptops and PC’s. The massive 12-inch screen provides the user with a contemporary Ultrabook feeling. The Keyboard has also undergone enhancements, providing the user with a more responsive touchpad with the ability to lean back at multiple comfortable angles.

The Surface Pro 3 is the largest, fastest, lightest, thinnest and best tablet released by Microsoft.

Typing Experience: The magnetic strip affixed on the top, enables the user to fold the upper piece and attach it securely to the lower bezel of the device.  It would provide the user with a wedge profile, similar to that of a laptop, making it more comfortable and user friendly. Regardless, the user can opt for flat surface, suiting their comfort.

Performance: In terms of performance, the Surface Pro 3 has given other tablets and traditional laptops, a run for their money. The Haswell Core i5-4300U chipset, running at a speed of 1.9GHz, along with Intel HD 4400 GPU and a RAM of 8GB powers the Pro 3 handset.

Overall, The Surface Pro 3 tablet, as compared to the Surface Pro 2 handset, offers a comfortable handling and operating experience. The Pro 3, with all its accessories, would cost the user more than the price of the Pro 2 tablet. The Surface Pro 3 handset comes in different variants, offering the potential buyer with multiple options. The low-end Core i3 variant of the 64GB internal storage capacity is available at $799.