Although Apple's iPad has traditionally been a tablet in almost every way, the recent leap to the iPadOS operating system has changed that. With a firm commitment to productivity, it becomes a serious contender for our 2 in 1 favorites, such as Microsoft's new Surface Pro 7. The question is, how do both teams behave when they face each other in depth? It is a face-to-face between Apple vs. Microsoft in full-fledged.
The new Surface Pro 7 from Microsoft does not reinvent the wheel, but it presents some minor improvements that consolidate it as our favorite 2 in 1. It has the same thin and light design as its predecessors, but at the same time it offers a robust and robust feeling. However, the bezels are still quite thick, and in this area the iPad Pro looks much more modern.
Apple made great strides in the design of the iPad Pro the last time it did a major overhaul and these changes are even more noticeable compared to the Surface Pro 7. The thin frames offer plenty of space to the magnificent iPad Pro screen. The 12.9 version inches feels huge when you hold it in your hand, but it's still light enough to be manageable in both tablet and laptop mode.
However, the iPad Pro still does not resize as a replacement for a laptop because of its mediocre keyboard. Apple has struggled with several of its keyboard designs in recent years, and the last Smart Keyboard is no exception. Considering the cost ($ 180 dollars for the 11-inch iPad Pro keyboard, $ 200 dollars for the 12.9-inch version), a writing experience is expected.
When it comes to the Microsoft Surface range, the Pro 7 keyboard is noticeably better and combined with the touch screen is sensational; On the other hand, with a cost between $ 130 dollars or $ 160 dollars, depending on your color preference, it is more affordable and easier to recommend. The same goes for Microsoft's Surface Pen, which costs $ 100 dollars compared to the Apple Pencil that costs $ 130 dollars.
The offer of ports on both devices is quite different: the Surface Pro 7 finally incorporates USB-C to its USB-A combo, a MicroSDXC card reader and 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPad Pro made a controversial move by getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, relying completely on a USB-C connection for everything and without support for Thunderbolt 3.
The software is the big difference between the two platforms: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 uses Windows 10 as a base, offering a complete Windows experience, while Apple iPadOS is much more versatile than the iOS of older iPads and is fluid enough so that it can act as a relatively capable laptop. But Microsoft's environment continues to offer a more versatile experience with a larger software offering.
With a starting price of $ 999 dollars, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes with an Apple A12X Bionic chip with its integrated M12 coprocessor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of integrated eMMC flash storage. You can opt for versions of 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB of SSD space, reaching the most expensive at $ 1,550 dollars or $ 1,700 dollars if you include mobile data connection. The 1TB version also comes with 6GB of RAM.
The Surface Pro 7 starts at just $ 750 dollars with a tenth generation Intel Lake Ice i3-1005G1 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage space. For $ 900 dollars super 8GB and a Core i5, which also updates Intel's relatively pedestrian UHD graphics to its 11th generation Iris Plus, much more capable of basic level games and 3D rendering.
There are versions in the entire price range up to 16 GB of RAM, 10th Generation Core i7 processor and up to a terabyte of storage space. The top configuration will cost you $ 2,300 dollars.
As for the screen, the iPad Pro presents the magnificent Apple Retina design with a resolution of 2,732 x 2,048, up to 600 nits of brightness and a wide range of colors. It is one of the best screens we have seen with its 120Hz refresh rate, from white to even muted colors, it is simply unbeatable.
But the Surface Pro 7 is not far behind: its 12.3-inch screen has a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824, lower than the iPad Pro, but since it is slightly smaller, it actually has a higher pixel density.
The level price of the cheaper Surface Pro 7 model is attractive, especially given its best memory and storage options. Graphically, the iPad Pro is much more capable than the Core i3 with the UHD graphic model of the Pro 7, but Intel's new Ice Lake processors should give the Apple device a chance and the top configuration should outperform the iPad Pro in sustained use as the games
The iPad Pro measures 28.04 x 21.48 x 0.58 centimeters and weighs only 635 grams (the Cellular model), while the Surface Pro 7 measures 29.21 x 20 x 0.83 centimeters, a bit more voluminous. That is reflected in its weight, which is 789 grams with its most capable hardware options. It's not a big enough difference to really notice, but if the weight and size are decisive for you, the iPad Pro is your team.
As for the battery life, the iPad Pro lasts up to 10 hours with its 36.71 watt-hour battery, while the Surface Pro 7 can last 10.5 hours. We have not had the opportunity to test any of these devices, so we cannot certify these figures, but they should be quite comparable. Apple is usually honest with its battery life specifications and Microsoft Surface devices usually offer excellent durability. None of the devices should have problems to spend a full day at work.
Surface Pro 7 takes the victory
This is a very tight victory since the hardware is sensational on both teams, with fantastic screens and powerful processors and graphics. Both have USB-C ports for current connectivity options and neither device is heavy or lacks an excellent battery. But some of the strengths of Surface Pro 7 place it ahead of the best Apple iPad Pro to date.