When comparing the two devices, the first thing you’ll notice is that the size of Surface Pro 4 is slightly smaller than the iPad Pro. It features a 12.3-inch display while the iPad features a 12.9-inch screen. The Surface Pro 4 is slightly thicker than the iPad Pro, 8.4mm (0.33 inches) to the iPad’s 6.9mm (0.27 inches).
The Core M is the lightest version of the Surface Pro 4 and weighs 766 grams (1.69lbs). The Core i versions weigh 786 grams (1.73lbs). The iPad Pro at 712 grams (1.57lbs) is a slightly lighter device, with keyboard, so Apple wins in this regard.
The Surface Pro 4 adorns a bright, silver-colored magnesium shell. It is attached to its keyboard case by a triple hinge magnet. The iPad, similar to the previous Apple tablets is built with the same quality materials, such as the aluminum unibody.
The Surface Pen can be clipped directly onto the device without having to use the awful keyboard cover loops as the Surface Pro 4 features new magnets. This is much better than the iPad Pro’s Pencil, as it requires you to purchase optional accessories for storage.
The Surface Pro 4’s Pen, which comes with a digital eraser and interacts directly with Windows 10 to launch applications like OneNote and Cortana wins over the The Apple Pencil, which remains charged for an hour and can be charged via Lightning cable that connects directly to the tablet. The Surface’s Pen is equipped with interchangeable heads, which allow you to create a diverse array of lines and shapes on-screen without having to adjust your design settings.
The Surface Pro 4 is powered with sixth generation Intel Core M3, i5 or i7 processors and a 16GB RAM, which is twice the memory of the Surface Pro 3. The iPad Pro features an A9X processor, which runs at a max clockspeed of 2.25GHz, while the lower-level Core M3 and i5 processors in the Surface Pro 4 run at a minimum clockspeed of 2.2 and 2.3GHz, which is on par with the maximum clockspeed of iPad Pro. The Core i7 version of the Surface’s processor runs at a minimum speed of 2.7GHz.
According to Microsoft, the Surface Pro 4 can last on a single charge for up to 9 hours. Apple claims that the iPad Pro can last for up to 10 hours. Both tablets come with 8 megapixel rear cameras.
The Surface Pro 4’s hardware is on par with the iPad Pro in almost every aspect, plus it runs on Windows 10, which we all can agree is far superior to iOS in terms of productivity.
The Surface is customizable at almost every level, so you can really trick this device to do whatever you need it to do. So what we’ve here are two tablets with similar designs, screens and processing speeds – but the Surface Pro 4 can 1TB of data, has a more innovative stylus and runs on a desktop operating system.