Android vs. iPhone? One is an operating system. The other is a product. Windows vs. Mac? “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” One is an operating system and the other is a product.
We seem to enjoy comparing items, contrasting features, and rising to some kind of conclusion that leaves out the most important factors. Take Joshua Goldman as an example:
iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 6: Which tablet is the best laptop replacement?
First, they are not the same. One is a traditional touchscreen tablet (iPad Pro) and the other is a traditional cheap-assed PC notebook with an optional and crappy keyboard with a touchscreen that seldom gets used (Surface Pro 6).
How do I know?
I own an iPad Pro and love it to death; even with Apple’s new Smart Keyboard Folio keyboard. At work, I’m relegated to a Microsoft Surface Pro 6. Both are about the same size but they are not the same type of device and seldom get used in similar settings.
The iPad Pro’s mobile operating system makes it a complete nonstarter compared to the Surface Pro running on full Windows 10 Pro. Having Windows 10 means you can run full versions of traditional Win32 software and much more that Apple’s iOS simply can’t.
We’re done here. Move along. Nothing to see.
The Surface runs PC apps while the iPad Pro runs iOS apps. Oh, by the way. The iPad Pro screams performance while Surface Pro 6 is a slugfest with a detachable keyboard.
With iOS you’re limited to what’s available in Apple’s App Store. While that app catalog is in the millions, you might not find mobile equivalents for the full desktop software or legacy applications you need.
Apple’s iOS App Store has far more apps available for iPad than Windows has for Surface Pro, but he’s correct and won’t compare Apples to apples.
iOS can’t handle workflow the same way Windows 10 can on the Surface Pro 6. Being able to have two, three, four or more apps open on one screen with differently sized windows and quickly switch between them, but also move text, images or data between them is something you take for granted with a desktop OS.
I don’t recall ever having done my workflow that way on a Mac or a Windows PC, and definitely not on an iPad. Also, I don’t believe in multi-tasking.
Drawing on the Surface Pro 6 is a great experience.
No it’s not. Hardly anybody uses a Microsoft Surface to do that, and such a limited capability should not be compared to iPad Pro.
One thing I have to admit; if you like ports then you’ll like Surface Pro 6. If you hate ports and dongles you’ll love iPad Pro. But don’t worry. The idea here is to use the device as a laptop replacement.
That won’t work, either, because Apple does not sell laptops. The Mac is a notebook.
Funny thing. True story. iPad Pro is faster and has better battery life and all that power is priced less than a comparably equipped Surface Pro 6.
Despite the iPad Pro’s capabilities, the Surface Pro comes closer to the feel and features of a traditional laptop.
I agree. That’s because the iPad Pro is a tablet that can do what most of us do with notebooks, and the Surface Pro 6 is at best a clumsy tablet that customers use as a PC notebook.
They are not the same so why bother to compare them?
That’s what humans do.