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34 GPSolo 4 (2017)
Traveling Companions: iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4

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By Jeffrey Allen

n my previous column, I focused on
   acomparison between the Mac OS
   X arld Windows 10 operating sys-
   tems--- I still can't help but -,vonder
   if Microsoft skipped Windows 9 as a
marketing tool, putting them at version
10 to match Apple's OS X. Oh, well, that's
not relevant to this column's topic -the
PadPro Versus the Surface Pro 4-just a
random thought that marched across my
brain as I wrote that column.

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Anyway, for those of you who have not
read my previous comments about the
;Pad Pro, let me sunnariye them for you
briefly. (Forpurposes of simplicity, I will
refer to the 9.7 ilad Pro as the simaller
and the 12.9 iPad Pro as the larger.)
I like the smaller ilad Pro as a traveling
companion. It has lots of power, lots of
uses, and comes in, what I consider the
perfect size. While the larger iPad Pro has
a slightly faster processor and a bit more
RAM, i do not consider it as useful as a
traveling companion owing to its larger
size and greater weight. in truth, I have
not noticed much difference in perfor-
rance speed between the two versions,
despite the differing specifications.
   The two versions both use the same
verslon of the iOS, come in the same
memory contfgurations, and have
Retina displays. 'To create the Retina
presentation the larger iPad Pro comes
with a higher resoltution than the smaller
one, but Von do not see the difference.
Another significant difference retates

Jeffrey Allen (jallenlawtek@aol.com, 'allenlawt4ekbiog.
corn) is the principal in the law firm of Graves &
Allen in Oakland, California. A freqiuent speaker on
technology topics, he is Editor-in-Chief of GPSolo
magazine and GPSolo eReflort and a member of the
Board ot Editors of Experience rnagazine.

Apple iPad Pro (left) and Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (right)

to the camera, as Apple created the
smailer iPad Pro with a better camera
(1 2-megapixel 'Sight versus 8-megapixel
ISight). The two iterations of the iPad
Pro have a few other differences that
will likely fall into sync in the next up-
grade. You can compare the speciia
tions in detail on Apple's website (apple.
   Perhaps the most significant differ-
ence frorn a usability perspective relates
to the relative sizes and weights of the
two devices. Without a case (or key-
board) the smaller iPad Pro measures
9,4 x 6.6 x 0,24 and weighs 0.9%
pounds (0.98 pounds for the WiFi + cel-
lular models). The larger iPad Pro (also
withnout a case or keyboard) measures
12 x 8.68 x 0.27 and weighs 1.57
pounds (1.59 pounds for WiFi + cell-
lar). The weights with Apple's keyboard
case come to 2.33 pounds for the larger
and 1.73 for the smaller. That makes the
larger version slightly larger and heavier
than the 2.03 pound, 11.04 x 7.74 x

0.14/0.52 MacBook and about the
same size and almost as heavy as the 3.02
   _,) ur ,        ,, 1,r,
pound. 11.97x 8.36 x 0.59 MacBook
Pro (13). So, you are taking up lust
about the sanie space in your case and
carrying almost as much weight with the
larger iPad Pro with keyboard case as
vou would for an excellent laptop com-
pu ter. Given this choice, I wouid likely
ont for the MacBook Pro in most cases
over the larger iPad Pro oimg t) its
substantially greater power for a slight
increase in weight; but if I did not need
the laptop, I would likely opt [or the
smaller iPad and save the 1 . pounds of
extra weght, Intin tth, I prefer using a
laptop when I write, so if I have serf-
ous writiung to do (other than simply
e-mails), I generally will bring a laptop
along instead of the -Pad.
   In practice, the smaller iPad Pro
has joined my Kindle eReader and my
iPhone 7 Plus as the tools that come with
me on virtually every trio and accom-
pany rne 'in most of my daily activities.

Published in GPSOLO, Volume 34, Number 2, March/April 2017 © 2017 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion
thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent ofthe American BarAssociation.

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