Microsoft Launches New Surface RT vs. iPad Ad Highlighting iPad Shortcomings

Microsoft is continuing its anti-iPad ad campaign, today releasing a new commercial comparing the Surface RT to the fourth generation iPad. The ad, which displays a Surface RT tablet and an iPad side-by-side, highlights both pricing and size differences between the two products.


Microsoft also uses the spot to summarize other iPad shortcomings that it has highlighted in previous ads, including the iPad's lack of an integrated kickstand and keyboard, the absence of dedicated productivity software on the tablet, its poor multitasking capabilities, and its failure to offer expandable storage.

Despite its vigorous advertising campaign, Microsoft revealed last week that its Surface lineup had earned just $853 million in revenue for the company, less than a $900 million writedown the company took for the Surface RT earlier this month.

As a result of the tablet's weak sales, Microsoft was forced to drop the price of the Surface RT by $150 in July, pricing its entry level offering at just $349.99. The company has since dropped the price of the Surface Pro as well, offering it for $100 off through the end of August.

Top Rated Comments

Chrjy Avatar
140 months ago
Oh jeez....is it me or are these ads just getting more embarrassing?!
Score: 72 Votes (Like | Disagree)
driceman Avatar
140 months ago
Microsoft: Die Apple, die!

Apple: Hey, free advertising :D
Score: 64 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sfrancis928 Avatar
140 months ago
Seriously Microsoft, stop touting that awful kickstand. Especially if you're not even going to show the iPad's Smart Cover in the comparison.
Score: 56 Votes (Like | Disagree)
troop231 Avatar
140 months ago
Hmm, it should be more like this: ;)

Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aristotle Avatar
140 months ago
Ironically, the 16GB iPad has more free space for data and apps than the 32GB Surface RT.

BTW. The Surface RT (or otherwise) cannot be used on the lap with that kickstand and that flimsy keyboard whereas an iPad with a keyboard case can.

If you want a stand, get a smartcover.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
12vElectronics Avatar
140 months ago
Why does Microsoft keep thinking people want a keyboard and USB connectivity on their tablets. If I wanted to connect my USB and have a full keyboard, I'd use a laptop, not a tablet.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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