Another Microsoft ad disses iPad’s specs, multitasking, AirPrint and more

Wow, that was quick. Following on yesterday’s Windows 8 commercial which uses Apple’s Siri to highlight the iPad’s perceived flaws – such as its $499 price point versus an Asus VivoTab Smart and lack of Office (go figure), the Redmond-based software giant today release another ad along the same lines.

Suggestively titled ‘Comparison: iPad vs. Windows 8 Tablet’, the commercial pits an iPad 4 against an Asus Vivo Tab RT, which is based on the same ARM CPU technology like Apple’s tablet. However, the software maker has been caught cheating…

As you can see below, the commercial praises the Asus hardware for being thinner (0.37 inches versus 0.32 inches) and lighter (1.44lbs versus 1.16lbs) than the iPad 4.

Of course, the Windows maker also highlights its Office offering (“One Note app only comes with Microsoft Office”) and multitasking capabilities of Windows 8 that allow users to run two apps concurrently in split-screen mode.

You also need to buy a micro SD adapter for your iPad, the ad proclaims, and can only print to a special AirPrint-compatible printer whereas the Asus tablet prints wirelessly to “nearly all printers”.

Microsoft also has a nice web page up where users can choose to compare an iPad 4 to an Asus VivoTab Smart, Dell XPS 10, HP Envy x2 and Microsoft’s own Surface RT.

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Unfortunately for Microsoft, Elliot Temple of curi.us points out that a comparison between the iPad and the Asus device on Microsoft’s web site is inaccurate, to say the least.

iMicrosoft claims the Asus tablet “has a bigger touchscreen” whereas in reality Asus’ device has 3.55 percent less area than the iPad, not 36 percent more as Microsoft depicts.

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Elliot explains:

The iPad screen is 7.76 by 5.82 inches. The ASUS screen is 8.8 by 4.95 inches. ASUS is larger in one direction but smaller in the other direction, and has 3.55% less area than the iPad, not 36% more as Microsoft depicts.

How can the screen with a larger diagonal measurement be smaller? Because it’s a different shape. Long and thin gets you a bigger diagonal but a smaller screen, for the same diagonal inches.

On a related note, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates recently asserted that people are frustrated because the iPad “lacks real keyboard and real Office”.

Samsung Galaxy S4: Voted Best Phone Of The Season

Consumer Reports did its seasonal phone testing and outed the Samsung Galaxy S4 as the winner of current flagships on the market. The previous top was LG Optimus G, which won the holiday season tests.

The shop measures by several criteria, including camera performance, and it was overall satisfied mostly with the wide-gamut Full HD Super AMOLED display, the gesture and eye-tracking navigation, as well as the sharing and multitasking capabilities of the phone: “The S4 delivered top-notch performance in the most critical areas of our tests, including the camera,” they concluded.

Gold Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available for £1700 (~ $2580)

Apple’s iPhone 5 isn’t the only one getting to dip its toes in a gold bath. Samsung’s latest Android flagship has also undergone some gold-plating treatment thanks to a company called Gold genie.

The quad-core edition of the phone retails for £1700, which isn’t that much more expensive than other luxury Android smartphones around. Gold genie has also done the Galaxy S4 in platinum and rose gold. Additionally, you can opt-in for the black or white version of the phone to serve as base.

The gold-plated Galaxy S4 is SIM-free and only the 16GB variation is offered. Check out the source link below for more information and photos.

Galaxy Note II firmware update brings split-screen multitasking!

Samsung has released a firmware update for the Galaxy Note II, which enables the much anticipated split-screen multitasking feature.

Multi-View enhances the multitasking capabilities of the Galaxy Note II, allowing you to run two apps on the screen simultaneously. Mind you, not all Android apps are supported, but unlike the Galaxy Note 10.1, where only Samsung apps could be brought up to the screen, Multi-Window supports Google apps as well (Gmail, YouTube, Chrome and Talk).

The update version is XXALIJ1 and comes with a new baseband, as well as an update to Google Chrome.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note II, you can check for the new firmware from About device -> Software update. While waiting to download, you can see Multi-Window in action on the official Samsung Galaxy Note II ad below :