In terms of screen size, the Surface Go boasts of 10-inch display that has a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1800 x 1200 pixels. The 6th gen iPad, on the other hand, has a 9.7-inch screen and an aspect ratio of 4:3 with 1536 x 1200 pixels. The iPad has survived for so long is because Apple puts its best effort in the display and it does seem like – at least on paper – that the Surface Go perhaps falls short.
Powering the Surface Pro is a 7th generation Intel Pentium Gold processor whereas Apple relies on its tried and tested Apple A10 Fusion chip. This could be the key in deciding Microsoft’s fate as far as the Surface Go is concerned as the iPad is known to deliver extremely reliable performance.
It’s a pleasant surprise to see the Surface supporting pen input in the form of Surface Pen, as the iPad too comes with its Apple Pencil.
What might give the Surface an edge is that it comes with a kickstand along with offering keyboard and mouse experience. It’s a feature that is missing – at least out-of-the-box – in the Apple iPad. How it translates in real-time experience remains to be seen.
Even in terms of storage the Microsoft tablet offers more (64GB) in its base model compared to the 32GB iPad variant.
A reason why the Apple iPad has stood the test of time is simple: iOS. The operating system on the iPad has always offered a far better experience than Android or even Windows. While Microsoft has improved drastically over the years – and Windwos 10 is a testament to that – when it comes to its OS, how it integrates in the Surface Go will be the real test. Surface Go runs on Windows 10 and crucially offers support for desktop apps as well.