iPad Pro vs Surface Pro 2017!

– Hey guys, this is Austin And today I'm going to compare what are arguably two of the most important tablets out right now

The brand new iPad Pro versus the Surface Pro This might seem like a weird comparison but they line up surprisingly well Not even counting that they came out within like a couple of days of each other So to start with, we have the 2017 version of the Surface Pro So they actually hooked us up with the review unit early, which is funny because it has "Not packaged for retail sale" on the box

But I'm going to unbox it anyway because that's what I do So, the Surface Pro as far as hardware wise should be very very similar to the Surface Pro 4 They've made a couple of small tweaks, mostly like smoothing out corners and what not But the hardware itself and the dimensions are pretty much unchanged Inside we had what should be the power adaptor

So if you saw our Surface laptop video you'll know that not only is the adaptor magnetic which is kind of cool but it also has a USB port on it Next, we have the iPad Pro 129 inch Again another new product And again something that actually really hasn't changed much since the previous generation, at least on the outside

Inside here we have yet again, pretty straightforward So this is the actual iPad itself in silver We also have the Lighting cable, some Apple paperwork, as well as the very very small power adapter The problem is this is a tiny 12-watt adapter, so compared to the 44-watt power cable for the actual Surface this takes forever to charge a big iPad like this It still always surprise me a little bit when I touch one of these iPads because it is just so huge

I mean, look at this, this is an iPad I feel like it's a Actually is it bigger than the Surface? Oh yeah

The Surface is actually smaller than the iPad Which I guess makes sense, it's a 123 versus a 129 inch display but Wow One area where the Surface definitely does have an advantage is with ports So again like the Surface laptop we have the magnetic Surface connector which can be used not only to power it but also for the dock We also have a full-sized USB 3

0 port, mini display, there's also a headphone jack on this side If you pop open the kickstand inside of here is a tiny little microSD card slot The iPad has a Lighting connector and a headphone jack So for basic tablet use this is fine When it comes to say connecting a USB device or wanting to use a second display the Surface wins hands down

Something else going for the Surface is the kickstand It's not only will it stand up by itself right out of the box but the kickstand's also very adjustable So it will go pretty much all the way flat and you bring it up And it will stop anywhere along the way It does add a lot of flexibility

With the iPad you pretty much have to have a cover or a keyboard to get it to stand up by itself That is where the Smart Keyboard comes in So like earlier versions all it does is just snap on with magnets to the side of the iPad, and then once you fold it out you get yourself a pretty decent keyboard that's going to be attached to the iPad So not only does the iPad now support quite a few different keyboard shortcuts, so I can open up something like Spotlight, I can actually command tab to go between different apps, and the keyboard itself is pretty much full-sized and it feels decent to type on The issue is, there's very little travel

It really does not measure up to something like a proper laptop keyboard By comparison, the Surface type cover feels a lot better This has actual key travel, so that actually makes a big difference And not only this is full layout with back lighting which the iPad is not, but it also has a trackpad So well, yes, the trackpad is not super necessary on something with a touchscreen

I find I use the touchscreen about like 80% of the time or so, but sometimes it's nice to be able to reach down and just be able to mouse over to something The issue is that neither of these actually come with their keyboards So the Type Cover for the Surface is going to run you 130 or a 160 for this Alcantara version And this Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro is $170 Which is a shame because you really do need the keyboards to get the most out of these devices

One area you can't complain about with these tablets are the displays So the Surface Pro is rocking a 123 inch panel with a resolution of 2736×1824 This PixelSense display looks phenomenal No one looking at the Surface display is going to be disappointed, but the issue is the iPad screen is just better

Not only does the iPad have a bigger 129 inch display with a resolution of 2732×2048, but it also has some cool features such as True Tone to adjust the white balance depending on what room you're in It gets really bright with 600 nits of brightness But what blows all that away is ProMotion What that means is that the iPad Pro has a 120 hertz refresh rate display

Now that's something that you find on stuff like high end game monitors, and it looks awesome in person So in video it's a little bit harder to show but the animations are incredibly fluid And also more important than that it feels super super responsive Hey guys, this is Austin This is the Fairphone 2 and it is a fully modular smartphone

The speakers on the iPad Pro are also top notch So it actually has four speakers, so there's going to be one each corner and combined, it sounds better than a lot of laptops Hey guys, this is Austin This is the Fairphone 2 and it is a fully modular smartphone The Surface actually does sound pretty good as well, so it has two front facing speakers

But compared to the iPad it's just not as loud All models of the iPad Pro now come with the Apple A10X This is monster of a processor, with six cores, three performance and three low power cores paired with four gigabytes of RAM is a lot for an iPad The Surface comes with quite a few different configurations So not only can you get it with the Core m3, i5 or i7 processor but it also has four, eight, and 16 gigabyte RAM options

Both the Core m3 and i5 models are going to be fanless just like the iPad But regardless of which Surface you pick up they're all going to be dual core chips based on the new Intel Kaby Lake process Now that's cool, but on paper the iPad has a big core count advantage Run them through Geekbench and results are surprising So not only is the iPad faster when you consider single core scores, but on the multithreaded side it is significantly faster than the Surface

Now this is a Core i5 processor, not even the base model, and yet the iPad Pro is still faster That is impressive Also Intel is probably really scared right now All the power in the world doesn't mean much without software to take advantage of it So the iPad Pro ships with iOS 10

Though it is not bad, things like Split View really make multitasking a lot more doable on the iPad However, what's really going to change things is iOS 11 So at first glance it looks fairly similar but just like my wardrobe change there's a lot going on under the hood So say I'm web browsing and I want to pull up the file menu, all I do is swipe up from the bottom, tap it, and then drag it off to the side and I get my normal split view which I can then just readjust if I'd like Or if I want I can shrink it back down, and if I pull down from the top it becomes a floating window

So I'm still being able to scroll on Safari but I can also just toss this up to the side and do whatever I need to get done This way you can get up to three apps on screen at once Now it's not perfect This is the very first beta, things are not quite as smooth as they could be, but this goes a long way in making the iPad feel a lot more usable On the other hand, the Surface of course is running Windows 10 Pro

Now Windows 10 has actually seen some pretty major upgrades over the last couple of years, but I've got to say I'm impressed with how much you can do on the iPad with iOS 11 One area where I have no complaints is with battery life So the iPad Pro like pretty much every iPad ever is quoted at 10 hours of battery life Whereas the Surface actually can go all the way up to 13 hours Regardless, you should easily be able to take these for a full day of use without needing the charger

Both also have solid stylus support So the Surface Pro has an all new Surface Pen which is supposedly a lot faster And when I tried it recently, it actually does feel pretty solid However, the Apple Pencil on the new iPad Pro is stupid fast It really does feel nearly one to one

The Surface Pro is definitely the safe choice It's a great Windows PC that just happens to be a tablet The iPad has a terrific display, it's super fast, and iOS 11 is actually pretty good, but it might not be for everyone So what do you guys think about these tablets? Which one you would pick up? Let me know in the comments below and I will catch you on the next one

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