Devices used in this review:
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet (12-inch, 256 GB, Intel Core i5, Windows 10) + Microsoft Surface Type Cover (Renewed)‘>Surface Pro 3 (i5, 8GB ram, 256GB Storage)
I have been meaning to write this up for a while now but just have not gotten around to it. My thoughts on iPad vs Surface Pro. A big part of how you will want to decide between these two devices is what kind of phone you have. If you have an iPhone iPad is 100% hands down the winner, but Windows has stepped up its game with its “Your Phone” app. It is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s unified communication if you have an android phone. But I am getting ahead of myself, there is a lot to unpack between these two tablets.
Firstly, let us talk about user experience. When you buy an iPad with an apple pencil, to pair it you simply plug the pencil into the lightning port of the iPad, and you are good to go. I was blown away by this. I could not believe how easy it was to get the two talking. If you have ever struggled pairing Bluetooth devices together this was an amazing experience. The surface pen however was a bit more traditional in its set up. When you open the surface app, it directs you to hold down on a button on the pen and wait for pairing. It went off without a hitch, but it was not as awe-inspiring as the apple pencil pairing.
The operating systems are also very different. The iPad runs iPad OS which is a tweaked version of the iOS that runs on all their smart phones. It is a fantastic mobile operating system how ever if you have anything that does not have an app, you are likely out of luck. And if you do anything that is graphic or video intensive tasks you honestly will be out of luck. The Surface in contrast take a rather different approach.
The Surface pro comes with a full-fledged version of windows 10 Professional. This means you can install any application you need to use regardless of whether it is in the Microsoft apps store or not. On the topic of the Microsoft App store, it is weak. While you can install any software that runs on windows with out a problem, there is a problem. Most of those applications are not optimized for touch screen devices so it can be a bit awkward using them in tablet mode. Some have been optimized for touch, such as the adobe creative suite (they even have apps for the iPad). But again, the experience can be mixed.
So, which is the better tablet? It really depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for something to get work done on the go, I would say the surface pro hands down. However, if you are looking for a companion device to check emails, and calendars and do some browsing on, iPad is the way to go.
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