It’s the battle between the big tablets. The more established Microsoft Surface Pro 4 versus the newbie iPad Pro; two of the most powerful tablets yet. They’re both big, bold and beautiful; but which one takes the cherry on top here?
Sure, they are both gorgeously big, but they are actually targeted for different types of users; be it the creative one, or those who like to play as much as they work. That being said, Apple’s 12.9-inch screen and quad speakers comes with an optional Pencil for the artists in you, and a keyboard. While the Surface Pro 4 could be regarded as a laptop replacement, since it’s using a 6th-gen Core processor to run full Windows 10.
Let’s begin with some other comparisons, based on several tests conducted from notable sites. When it comes to design, the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro is big and ridiculously large respectively. The latter feels as though you’re holding a portable mini TV, but surprisingly it’s still very comfortable to use. The Surface Pro 4 is made out of sturdy magnesium while the iPad Pro is from aluminium, so they’re both relatively smooth in texture. But then again, the iPad Pro’s design would seem a tad bit more cleaner and simple with its minimalist elements.
The Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro screens are surprisingly pretty evenly matched. The latter obviously has a larger 12.9-inch screen, compared with the Surface Pro 4 that comes short at 12.3-inch. Though it’s worth mentioning that the Surface’s display actually packs in more pixels per inch than that of the Apples’, making it relatively better in colour vibrancy. But then again, the iPad Pro’s screen covers more of the sRGB colour spectrum than the Surface Pro 4, so that means the former could produce slightly more accurate hues. It’s a draw here.
There’s clearly no competition here because we’re comparing the unbeatable iPad Pro’s quad-speaker setup against the two speakers on the Surface Pro 4. That being said, the iPad Pro has a relatively louder and surprisingly more balanced sound, whether you’re streaming Spotify or immersing yourself in a K-drama. Though the Surface Pro falls short in this category, it does provide a pretty good sonic punch if you’re not that particular in considering this factor.
All in all, we think that it’s a tie. They are equally good, and we guess it just depends primarily on user preferences, and if portability matters to you, there’s not much of a difference between the two. It all boils down to whether you want a big screen tablet with benefits (iPad Pro), or a tablet that works exactly like a laptop (Surface Pro 4). It’s as simple as that.