Likewise, whenever an Apple competitor launches a new product it gets compared to whatever Apple launched last. Yellow Journalism major Ewan Spence wants us to think Microsoft’s Surface Pro is in a fight with Apple’s new iPad Pro. It. Is. Not.
Apple To Oranges
Touchscreen notebook tablet hybrids are not the same as tablets which can do notebook-like work. A Surface Pro is not an iPad. Likewise, an iPad is not a Surface, even if there is overlap in functionality. One is a notebook and gets used as a notebook. The other is a tablet and gets used as a tablet.
The latest iterations of the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro have impressive specifications, can post up incredible numbers, and no doubt have certain benchmarks that their parent companies PR teams know will lead to the respective devices ‘winning.’
Yes, one wins as a notebook and loses as a tablet. The other wins as a tablet and comes in a close second as a notebook.
How hard is that to figure out?
The two pro tablets have wildly different roots.
No, not only do they have different roots, one is not a tablet. It’s a touchscreen notebook tablet hybrid. It can be used as a tablet, iPad style, but that usage sucks and pales in comparison to iPad.
End of discussion. Move along. Nothing to see here.
That meant that the full Windows catalogue would be available to the Surface Pro, and developers would not be working in a new environment.
Translation: Microsoft failed with Surface RT and folded in a few touch options to Windows 10.
How does that compare to Apple’s vision of the real tablet that can double up as a notebook? iOS is first and foremost a touchscreen operating system. Windows 10 is an operating system with a few touchscreen options.
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Surface Pro continues to shine if you step out of Microsoft’s strict definition of what its Windows 10 device should be allowed to do. Because of the open nature of the platform, there are very few barriers to running any program you wish.
Rubbish. It only runs Windows apps. No macOS. No Android (yet). No iOS. Windows 10 is a lock in, just like every other OS except macOS.
Apple’s tablet device may have the specifications on paper to match the Surface Pro, but only software specifically deemed appropriate by the Apple Store team will run on the hardware. There’s no option for legacy code, no ability to code your own, and there’s no option to leave Apple’s definition.
As if there’s an option to leave Microsoft’s definition of Windows 10 and the Surface platform. Somewhere in the technology comparison world we need to have some rules that say it’s not OK to compare Apple to oranges.
As with most philosophical discussions, there’s no right or wrong answer for everyone.
I suspect we’ll get one anyway.
The iPad stifles me, the Surface Pro lets me be creative. I need the flexibility of Windows 10.
And a colonoscopy. That’s what anyone who thinks a Windows 10-based Surface-whatever is a tablet needs. Maybe a lobotomy, too. Technology writers are much like babies and politicians. They all need to be changed and for much the same reason.