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Budget tablet showdown: Apple 10.2-inch iPad (2019) vs. Microsoft Surface Go

In a few month’s time, Microsoft would possibly unveil the following era of its year-old, entry-level Home windows pill, the Floor Move. For now, then again, Apple has fired the primary shot: a $329 10.2-inch iPad that gives a large number of what the Floor Move does, and for moderately much less.

Whilst many Microsoft Floor drugs really feel cumbersome when indifferent from their Kind Quilt keyboards, the $399 Floor Move does no longer. Then again, it’s additionally powered through a slightly poky Intel Pentium Gold processor, whilst Apple’s newest iPad has its optimized A10 Fusion chip beneath the hood. It’s no longer that a lot other than the Apple nine.7-inch iPad (2018), despite the fact that. The iPad additionally makes the digicam a focal point, despite the fact that you’ll glance moderately ridiculous taking pictures the usage of any pill, Apple or Home windows.

After all, there’s an infinite gulf between Home windows 10’s pill mode and Apple’s iPadOS, which now powers the iPad. (For extra iPad protection, see Macworld’s tale.) Your desire of app and working machine it will be the figuring out think about making your selection, however let’s examine one of the key specifications.

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Apple refers to its new 10.2-inch iPad (2019) as a seventh-generation iPad. 

Apple 10.2-inch iPad: Elementary specifications

  • Show: 10.2-inch (2160×1620) IPS generation, 264 PPI, multitouch
  • Processor: A10 Fusion chip
  • Graphics: A10 Fusion chip
  • Reminiscence: 2GB LPDDR4 (more than likely—this received’t be identified till a teardown is carried out)
  • Garage: 32GB or 128GB
  • Ports: Lightning connector (Lightning to USB cable integrated), Good Connector, three.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-fi: 802.11ac dual-band, HT80 with MIMO, Bluetooth four.2; Gigabit LTE fashions to be had with eSIM
  • Cameras: eight Mpixel (HDR/symbol stabilization/Reside Pictures)/1080p video/ slo-mo 720p @120fps, 3X video zoom
  • Battery: 32.4Wh
  • Running machine: Apple iPadOS
  • Dimensions: nine.eight x 6.eight x zero.29 inches
  • Weights: 1.07 kilos (pill), 
  • Non-compulsory Equipment: Good Keyboard: $159Take away non-product hyperlink, Apple Pencil: $99Take away non-product hyperlink  
  • Colours: Silver, Area Grey, Gold
  • Worth: 32GB: $329Take away non-product hyperlink (Mobile: $459); 128GB: $429.00Take away non-product hyperlink (Mobile: $559); 
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Microsoft’s Floor Move Signature Kind Quilt is supplied with a touchpad and backlit keys.

Microsoft Floor Move: Elementary specifications

  • Show: 10-inch (1800×1200) IPS generation, 217 PPI, three:2 ratio, 10-point contact
  • Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Pentium 4415Y (Kaby Lake)
  • Graphics: Intel HD 615 (built-in)
  • Reminiscence: 4GB/8GB (8GB as examined)
  • Garage: 64GB eMMC/128GB SSD (128GB as examined).
  • Ports: 1 USB-C, 1 Floor Connector, microSD, headphone jack
  • Wi-fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, LTE choices to be had
  • Cameras: 5MP entrance (Home windows Hi-capable), 8MP rear (with autofocus)
  • Battery: 27Wh
  • Running machine: Home windows 10 House in S Mode (Home windows 10 Professional for business style)
  • Dimensions: nine.6 x 6.nine x zero.33 inches
  • Weights: 1.14 kilos (pill), 1.68 kilos (pill plus keyboard), 1.98 kilos (pill, keyboard, and charger), as measured
  • Non-compulsory Equipment: Kind Quilt keyboard: $99 (black) or $129 (burgundy, cobalt, platinum); Floor Cellular Mouse: $39; Floor Pen: $99
  • Worth: 4GB RAM/64GB garage: $399; 4GB RAM/128GB garage: $499; 8GB RAM/128GB: $549(by way of the Microsoft Retailer). Costco provides its personal package with 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and a Kind Quilt for $550.
  • Amazon is providing the Floor Move (4GB RAM/128GB SSD) for $350Take away non-product hyperlink and the Floor Move (8GB RAM / 128GB SSD) for $499;Floor Move (8GB RAM/128GB SSD) with LTE) for $629Take away non-product hyperlink  Take away non-product hyperlink

It’s the final line of the Floor Move specifications that’s essential: the fee—or, extra importantly, the reductions that Microsoft and outlets are providing earlier than the Floor tournament originally of October. That brings the costs of each machines virtually into parity.


We will make a robust declare that, presently, the Apple iPad outperforms the Floor Move. Consistent with Macworld’s nine.7-inch iPad (2018) assessment, the A10 chip inside of that iPad, in addition to the most recent style, scored 3463 on Geekbench’s single-core CPU take a look at and 5845 at the multi-core take a look at. The Floor Move, alternatively, slightly breaks 2200 at the single-core take a look at, and rankings about 4000 or so, max, at the multi-core take a look at. Although it’s very conceivable new Floor Move will make up flooring after which some, the threshold presently is going to the iPad.


You’ll wreck this down in a few other ways. As a unadorned pill, the Floor Move and iPad are each comfy to carry and to make use of. (At press time, we haven’t had a possibility to take care of the brand new 10.2 inch model.) From strictly a hardware viewpoint, despite the fact that, they’re about equivalent.

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The Apple Pencil is excellent for each artwork and paintings…

Whilst you get started including peripherals, then again—the Apple Good Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, as opposed to the Floor Move’s pen and Kind Quilt—the threshold begins shifting to Microsoft’s nook. Whilst the Apple Good Keyboard can also be folded again right into a stand, the Floor Move’s kickstand continues to be obviously awesome. We’re keen to shop for Apple’s claims about e-ink latency and so on at face price, however Apple’s going to have a troublesome time convincing somebody that the Pencil is the differentiating issue.

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…however the kickstand continues to be awesome at the Microsoft Floor Move.

Sadly, each keyboards have their weaknesses. The Floor Move shaves zero.5mm of key go back and forth off its different Kind Covers, with simply 1mm of go back and forth. Apple’s keyboard, alternatively, forgoes backlighting and sits completely flat. 

From an OS perspective, we nonetheless consider in Microsoft. iPadOS now has higher improve for multitasking, for instance, with Break up View. However Microsoft provides digital desktops, a extra helpful manner in including extra apps to a pill’s tiny display screen. In equity, then again, Apple provides picture-in-picture mode, which Home windows 10 does no longer.


We nonetheless say that it’s ridiculous to take photos with a pill—any pill. However the merit relating to multimedia intake falls squarely within the Apple iPad’s nook. No longer simplest is the digicam some distance, some distance higher, however the a lot of apps and video games which might be optimized for the iPad carry it some distance above the Floor Move.

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The brand new iPad means that you can stay the comfy measurement of the previous style whilst playing extra display screen room. Apple’s personal app retailer, too, merely has extra to provide than Home windows.

Word, despite the fact that, that streaming apps like Netflix seem on each platforms. And with the Floor Move, you don’t need to continuously grasp it—the Floor Move’s integrated kickstand very easily helps it.

App atmosphere

Microsoft’s all the time aimed the Floor Move at highway warriors who desire a browser, Place of job, and no longer a lot else. Apple, undoubtedly provides a richer app atmosphere, along with the Place of job apps that straddle each platforms. We’d argue that there’s a richer ecosystem of browsers and utilities inside the Home windows platform, despite the fact that it’s extremely not likely you’ll be working Photoshop on both an iPad or a Floor Move. 

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With Microsoft Phrase to be had on absolutely anything—even the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, proven right here—you shouldn’t fear about having the ability to run Place of job on iOS.

However iOS itself provides a some distance richer ecosystem of each local Apple apps in addition to third-party tool. On both platform, then again, you’ll be no longer doing a lot but even so mild modifying and content material advent. Content material intake continues to be in large part the focal point of the iPad.

It’s additionally price noting that the Floor Move ships with Home windows 10 in S Mode activated, which restricts you to working the restricted apps to be had within the Microsoft Retailer, despite the fact that you’ll be able to choose to modify to the total model of Home windows 10.

Conclusion: On paper, the iPad wins

That is an unfair combat: Apple’s just-introduced iPad is taking over a year-old product within the Floor Move. In early October, Microsoft may have it probability to respond to again. Will it’s sufficient to usurp the iPad? We’ll have to attend and notice.

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