Surface Pro 4 vs iPad Pro: can they replace your laptop?

What The Deal Yo with the Surface Pro and the iPad Pro? Which of these is better than the other? Can either of them replace your laptop? These are a few techy questions we’ve been pondering ourselves, so we’ve decided to do a little research to determine the answers.

To make things a little easier, we’ve broken both tablets down into pros and cons.

Surface Pro 4

Pros:

  • A fitted support stand props the machine up easily.
  • A great display (12.3 inches, 2736 x 1824), albeit one that is slightly inferior to the iPad Pro’s.
  • Fast, efficient Windows 10 processing system.
  • A great range of apps.
  • A healthy range of ports.
  • Up to 16GB RAM.

Cons:

  • It’s a little on the large side (especially when you add the Type Cover) – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, if you’re thinking about swapping your lappy for this machine, you’re unlikely to want a tight, compact device that’s suited for playing games at home. You’ll be wanting a powerful – but still portable – technological machine.
  • Pretty standard speakers, especially when compared to the iPad Pro.
  • Six hours battery life, which isn’t exactly spectacular to be fair.

iPad Pro

Pros:

  • Thinner and lighter than the Surface Pro 4, which may or may not be an attribute that sounds appealing depending on your personal preferences.
  • A great display (12.9 inches, 2732 x 2048) that’s slightly better than the Surface Pro.
  • Bassy, clear-sounding speakers that are perfect for pumping out tunes.
  • Great battery life – lasting around ten hours.
  • A great range of apps, which won’t come as much of a surprise.
  • 8-megapixel camera for gorgeous photography.

Cons:

  • Inferior add-on keyboard compared to the Surface Pro.
  • Siri is cool, but Windows 10’s Cortana is a far smarter digital assistant.
  • Doesn’t have quite as many built-in ports as the Surface Pro.
  • An extremely capable processing system for great performance, but simply not as good as the one built into the Surface Pro.

So, can either of these tablets replace your laptop?

Both of these machines are capable of replacing your laptop if you’re using them for typical stuff such as web surfing, word processing, playing games, drawing up presentations and screening movies. Both of them are even capable of taking great piccies and editing video. However, in both cases you’ll have to purchase an add-on keyboard to have a laptop-like experience. Both of the keyboards available for each machine are pretty capable, but the Surface Pro’s backlit, spacious typing surface gives it the edge over the iPad.

So, when it comes down to it, is there an overall winner? Sorry folks, this one is simply too close to call. Both machines are suited to replacing laptops, but the one that’s right for you is simply a matter of preference. Have another flick through the pros and cons and determine exactly what it is you want from your machine. Is it images? Performance? Long battery life? Choose your favoured categories and use them to guide your purchase.

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