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Surface 3 Vs. Surface Pro 3: Picking The Right Tablet

The Surface 3, the newest hybrid from Microsoft, packs the hallmarks of Surface Pro 3 into a thinner and lighter device.
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For its target audience, the Surface 3 is a great size. It's easy to hold in one hand. I couldn't even feel its weight in my bag. I can see it being a hit among students and mobile professionals like retail workers and flight attendants. Eskridge mentioned that customers in both education and travel have expressed interest in the device. That said, some might find the screen too small. I'd have a hard time using Surface 3 for daily productivity because I always have a bunch of apps running at once. 
As a tablet, it's also speedy and functional, though thick (8.7mm) compared with others on the market. The kickstand is a nice add-on, even without the keyboard.

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For its target audience, the Surface 3 is a great size. It's easy to hold in one hand. I couldn't even feel its weight in my bag. I can see it being a hit among students and mobile professionals like retail workers and flight attendants. Eskridge mentioned that customers in both education and travel have expressed interest in the device. That said, some might find the screen too small. I'd have a hard time using Surface 3 for daily productivity because I always have a bunch of apps running at once.

As a tablet, it's also speedy and functional, though thick (8.7mm) compared with others on the market. The kickstand is a nice add-on, even without the keyboard.

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5/1/2015 | 8:17:15 AM
Re: Surface 3 vs Surface 3 Pro
@shakeeb, the Surface Pro 3 is much slimmer than the Surface Pro 2 or the Surface Pro.  I think it's right on the border for the "tablet" form factor in my mind.  I use it often as a tablet, especially when traveling.  I pop the kickstand out, put it on my lap and poke away at the touch screen.  I do agree that it's much more capable as a laptop replacement than anything else I've tried.  For me it's right there in a sweet spot for size and functionality.  I can't say that it's perfect but it is a great tool and as I walk around with it I'm getting more people jumping on board with me.  3/4 of my team carries them now and the benefits are leaking out into the rest of the company, instead of laptop requests I'm getting requests for Surfaces now.
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4/30/2015 | 11:11:48 PM
Re: Surface 3 vs Surface 3 Pro
@LEdwardsAK- yes you could use the existing keyboard via USB port, but having a type cover is great as it could be much portable. 
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4/30/2015 | 11:09:36 PM
Re: Nice machine, did they address power connection?
@mejiac – That's a great idea to have a docking station with a mouse, keyboard and a monitor attached. This is one way you could use your Surface Pro 3 for business. 
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4/30/2015 | 11:06:50 PM
Re: Nice machine, did they address power connection?
@mejiac – Over time we should expect these devices to have a lesser battery life the same way our laptops perform. One good way to control this is to charge the battery only once the power is below 10%. Also you should always remove the power adaptor when fully charged. This will extend the cycles of the battery. 
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4/30/2015 | 11:01:22 PM
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@Thomas – This is why I love the Ultra Stamina Mode on my Sony Xperia Z2. This restricts high power consuming apps to give a better battery life.  It also restricts the core usage of the processor to save battery. Impressive technology that I would like all portable devices to have. 
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4/30/2015 | 10:57:30 PM
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@Thomas – I think the battery life depends on the resources you use on the device. If you are working on a processor consuming heavy task it drains the battery much faster. If you always have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth switched on you will still see a reduction in battery life. 
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4/30/2015 | 10:54:20 PM
Re: Nice machine, did they address power connection?
@Li Tan – Sometimes I feel technology is not helping children unless we closely monitor and control their activity. Few months back I purchased an Apple I pad for my child to take notes and use it for educational purposes. However recently I figured out that these y use this to play games during while the class teacher is teaching them.

 
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4/30/2015 | 10:50:18 PM
Re: Nice machine, did they address power connection?
@Kelly22 – Good old days laptops were much bulky and produced quite lot of heat when using them. Though we name it as laptop I don't think we could use it on our lap for more than 30 minutes continuously due to the heat.  I am wondering if Surface pro 3 generates a similar amount of heat, specially the one with high end processors. 
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4/30/2015 | 10:46:55 PM
Re: Nice machine, did they address power connection?
@Kelly22 – Its good to see Surface Pro 3 using the default micro usb charging method, but do you think ordinary mobile charges could charge the Surface Pro 3. Mobile phone chargers                 provide 5v 800mah to about 2000mah (depending on the mobile device). Is this sufficient to charge surface pro 3?
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4/30/2015 | 10:43:35 PM
Re: Nice machine, did they address power connection?
@Annon123... - How much time would the Surface pro 3 last? And How much backup time can your power bank give you? 
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