IPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4 (Part 1 / IPad)

My company kindly provided me with a 12″ IPad Pro… I kindly provided my kids with Core I5 Surface Pro tablets… after all this this kindness I am taking this as a usability comparison between Surface and IPad pro.

Two kids and by that two totally different behaviors, one IT affine and one a pur User. This makes the setup more challenging for the Surface at it has to deal with total technical ignorance and just needs to function (which ideally would be the default for tech stuff in this price region). Unfortunately this is rarely the case and I was looking to see how this would work with kid #2.

I am using the IPad with a pen and a logitech780 keyboard as I need it switch the keyboard between several devices. Keayboardwise this is a – uh well, works –  the build in keyboard is unbeatable given the possibility to easily switch between a couple of languages. IOS10 improved here as the correction still works across keyboards now (writing this on a German Keyboard with english spellchecking on the IPad).

The Apple Pencil is – despite the price – a brilliant product. It not only does what it shall, it just works (so we are back in stereotypes 🙂 ). The palm rejection works like a charm. BUT there are zero to nil programs that take real benefit from the pencil. I was expecting to easily be able to switch to a full digital workflow, handwriting being translated, signing all over the place and so on.

Well #FAIL so far – I do replace manual/analoge work partially with a digital part meanwhile. But it is a hassle to find software that would work hand in hand. Worst possible example (as directly comparable to Surface) is Microsoft OneNote. No real writing recognition, all writing ends up as picture, system integration into IOS hurts.

The IPad is a brilliant piece of technology, the overall integration into the Apple Universe just works. As a consumer product it just sucks – in particular if the usecase direct to a pure User with no technology affinity. Breaking borders always feels like a violation. For the moment I tend to believe this to be too pricy compared with an IPad Air for example. That would cover 90% of what the Pro does by half the price. For me right now the pendulum swings towards the MS product – let’s see what the kids come with 🙂

— Coments are more than welcome as I am trying to find more ways to make use of this enormous screen

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