Saturday, October 26, 2013

Giant Trafalgar Square Surface Pro 2 laughably reaffirms its size disadvantage vs. the iPad Air

Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets are definitely larger than the full-sized iPad, but this may be over the top. Hot on the heels of Apple's iPad announcement, Microsoft was spotted with a "big" event of its own: The company has erected a gigantic Surface "tablet" in London's Trafalgar Square, according to numerous media reports and tweets on Thursday.

The tablet is 27 feet wide and 17 feet tall, garnering criticism for being too big when compared to the iPad Air. It actually comes with an oversized but functional purple Type Cover 2, which is connected -- we assume via Bluetooth -- to a nearby normal sized Surface Pro 2, which then transmits its display to the oversized one.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, despite recent reports and analysis of why Windows 8 no longer suffers from as high a number of BSOD crashes as earlier versions did, a Twitter user captured just such a crash (above).

Microsoft released the Surface 2 (for Windows RT) and Surface Pro 2 (running full Windows 8) tablets on Tuesday, the same day that Apple held its iPad Air event. Unlike the giant one in Trafalgar Square, the typical Surface 2 tablet is either 10.81 x 6.79 x 0.35 inches in size (Windows RT) and weighs 1.49 pounds, or 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches in size (Windows 8) and weighs 2 pounds.

In comparison, though, the new iPad Air weighs just one pound.

It's unclear just how much the Trafalgar Square Surface Pro 2 weighs.

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