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The two most popular tech gadgets that came out last year are undoubtedly Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and Apple’s iPad Pro. These gadgets fall under the 2-in-1 category. This means that they are tablets which are more than capable of replacing laptops.

Both Apple and Microsoft have designed these hybrid devices with one purpose in mind, to be used in a business environment. Today we’re going to take a close look at what both devices have to offer and see which one is the best in terms of business productivity.

Apple iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Size and Weight

These are portable devices and that’s why their size and weight matters. No one wants to carry around a heavy and large gadget that doesn’t fit in their bag. Apple’s device weighs in at 1.57 pounds while Surface Pro 4 is a bit heavier weighing in at 1.73 pounds. Although there’s a difference, it’s almost unnoticeable.

While iPad Pro 4 might be the lighter one, Surface Pro 4 is the smaller one. Microsoft’s device measures in at 12.3 inches while iPad Pro ships in 12.9 inches. Even though Surface Pro 4 is easier to carry in bags, iPad Pro’s bigger display comes in quite handy for writing or editing larger spreadsheets.

Apple iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Operating System

Obviously, the biggest difference between these two devices is the operating system they use. Traditionally both operating systems only allowed access to their exclusive apps and features, but this has changed and more cross-platform apps started popping out.

We have to give it to Surface Pro 4 in this department because its operating system mixes perfectly with Windows 10 which is the most popular desktop operating system. This means that Surface Pro 4 owners will be able to work with the same apps on both their office PC and hybrid tablet. Apple’s iPad Pro operating system is highly optimized as well but its compatible with only other iOS powered devices.

Apple iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Final Thoughts

Apple iPad Pro wins when it comes to portability and display viewing, but Surface Pro 4’s operating system compensates for that. Nonetheless, customers are the ones who should decide which device fits their needs the best.

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