Less Isn't Always More | Comparing The iPad Pro And Surface Pro 4

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It's finally happened; your faithful old laptop has died and you want to replace it with a brand new tablet. Yet with fierce competition as rife as ever between Apple and Microsoft, it can be difficult to know which one to trust when making your first tablet purchase. Is the latest offering from one technology giant better than the other? Will either be able to fully replace a laptop? Here we compare Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro 4.
iPad Pro The iPad Pro: Is bigger better?

Design

The iPad Pro is slick and minimalist, with a large 5.7 x 220.6 mm screen, 6.9 mm body and 713 g weight, compared with the heavier and thicker Surface Pro 4. The 8.4 mm body of Microsoft's tablet weighs in at 786 g, and its screen is a smaller 292.1 x 201.4 mm. However, what the Surface Pro 4 lacks in grace it makes up for in features, including a microSD card reader, a USB 3.0 port and a MiniDisplay port. Furthermore, a magnetic section along one side enables the Surface Pen to be stored on the tablet itself, something the iPad Pro would benefit from. iLocks is currently designing its own enclosure stand for the iPad Pro so stay tuned for more information.

Software

The winner is clear here; Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 is capable of running a full Windows 10 desktop, whereas the iPad Pro only runs iOS 9, the same as the latest iPhone, and therefore can't run full programs. There may be significantly more apps available to iOS users than Windows users, but for someone looking to replace their laptop, is this really the main priority?
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Surface Pro: Tablet or Laptop?

Display

Although the iPad Pro's 12.9 inch screen is slightly larger than the Surface Pro 4's 12.3 inch offering, there is little difference in sharpness (with the iPad Pro at 2,732 x 2,048 and the Surface Pro 4 at 2,736 x 1,824) or pixel density (with the iPad Pro at 264 ppi, and the Surface Pro 4 at 267 ppi).

Storage

The Surface Pro 4 offers a highly impressive maximum storage capacity of 1TB, while the basic model boasts the same level of storage as the top iPad Pro; the difference here is staggering.

Conclusion

The iPad Pro may be lighter and slimmer with a slightly larger screen, but these factors alone do not make up for the wealth of extra features the Surface Pro 4 boasts in comparison. With a significantly higher storage capacity and the ability to run a full desktop, the Surface Pro 4 can truly replace your laptop, and proves that less isn't always more.

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