The two premium tablets of the year have been revealed and all gloves are off in the fight between Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro and the new iPad Pros, especially when they get the iOS 11 update later this year.
Both have pit themselves against the other and the two are neck in neck in the battle for mobile computing supremacy, as well as consumers’ wallets.
Compared to mere media consumption, and usually cheaper, tablets, these two are often billed as productivity machines, your office on the go. So which of the two is really the ultimate productivity master? We take a closer look to find out
What is productivity
“Productivity” is one of those words you throw around and people nod their heads as if knowing exactly what you mean. The thing is, productivity means different things for different people.
At its simplest, productivity means being able to accomplish your task in the most efficient way possible, taking up less time, less effort, or both.
But as tasks differ from person to person or from job to job, There really isn’t one size fits all tool that would perfect address all kinds of tasks or situations.
So we also have to consider the different contexts and different types of work when thinking which of these two powerhouses fits the job just right.
When speaking of productivity in the realm of computers, most people immediately think of document creation and editing. In other words, office suites and personal information management (PIM).
While Microsoft Office still holds majority share in that space, gone are the days when it had monopoly in that market. Plus, Office is now available on almost all major platforms (save Linux, unless via WINE), so it’s not really a deciding factor anymore.
In that regard, what becomes more important is familiarity with the rest of the platform of the features available in the version for that platform.
Winner: Tie, the iPad Pro with iOS 11 wins in Mobility, the Surface Pro wins in the full desktop version of Office.