iPad 4 128GB vs. Surface Pro
The cat is out of the bag and Apple is here to cure your storage short comings, at a premium for sure. Doug did us all a favor and explained the specifics of the new comer. Starting February 5th, the mighty fruit tablet will go on sale in its new 128GB configuration for $799 wifi and $929 for the Cellular option. Now then, at $929, I refuse to believe and extra 64GB of storage is justified for anyone! Why not just enjoy the 64GB and learn to adopt a could base solution, with Skydrive, Dropbox and Apple’s own iCloud, there are plenty of options to go around.
But here is where the 128GB iPad 4 starts to loose its shine, the Surface pro weighs in at 64GB of storage, full Ultrabook spec with an i5 processor and 4GB of RAM, an included pen and full blown Windows operating system (Windows 8) all starting at $899! Do you see something wrong with this picture? Sure, the Surface pro starting configuration is half of the available memory of the iPad 128GB, sure it also lacks the data connection option, but for the functionality, this thing is placed very competitively.
So how do they stack up? Well, just know that with the iPad you get that famous “instant on” ability because of its ARM architecture nature, a crap load of apps and a nicely designed super thin device. On the surface side, you get full functionality of a PC with the ability to run legacy and power user apps, a super think design for an Ultrabook and a pen!
What would you pick?
Doesn’t Windows 8 with EFI offer the instant on functionality as well? After all, we are talking about resuming from a standby state, not from a cold boot. If we are talking about cold boot, the iPad would be smoked by the surface pro easily. Given that, I think your last paragraph about the iPad having instant on over the Surface Pro is mute at best.