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Microsoft Surface Go vs Apple iPad 9.7 (2018): a quick comparison

10 July 2018 4

The Microsoft Surface Go is the latest Windows tablet from the company and in the Surface lineup but with a major difference as compared to previous offerings. This big difference is in the pricing which makes it the most affordable Surface tablet on the market. It is true that a cheaper pricing means cut-down in specs and features but that is also because Microsoft is eying a completely different audience with this new offering.

This special section of the audience is the same one which one of Microsoft's closest rivals Apple is also targeting with the 9.7-inch iPad launched earlier this year. It primarily comprises of teachers and students along with those who are looking for a reliable device option to get their work done even when on the move. It goes without saying that laptops are still there but they tend to be bulkier, heavier, and low on battery backup which is where such affordable tablers are trying to come into the picture.

This situation gives birth to the question that if you have to go for an affordable tablet, which one it should be? The competition is between the Surface Go and iPad 9.7 (2018). Let's find out what is the best possible option here.


Starting with the display, the Microsoft Surface Go sports a 10-inch PixelSense display with 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. In comparison, the Apple iPad features a 9.7-inch IPS display with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution with 4:3 aspect ratio. There is support for both touchscreen and stylus input on both these tablets. The latter includes the Surface Pen from Microsoft and Apple Pencil from Apple but both companies are selling these separately for an extra cost of $99 each.

Performance Specs

Microsoft has opted for 7th-gen Intel Pentium Gold processor coupled with 4GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the variant. While this is the kind of processor you would usually expect in a tablet at this price, it has a heavy task of supporting a fully-fledged Windows which makes things a bit skeptical. It will be interesting to see how it handles everything when Windows apps and software would be running. In terms of storage, one can choose from either 64GB eMMC storage or 128GB SSD.

As for the iPad, it is powered by Apple's A10 Fusion chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. This might not seem like much but it is more than good enough for handling iOS apps and day-to-day tasks. It has been released in 32GB and 128GB storage options.

Lastly, the Surface Go and iPad 9.7 (2018) are claimed to last for up to 9 hours and 10 hours respectively but the actual duration will obviously depend on one's personal usage.


The Surface Go tablet will be running full Windows operating system and the 9.7-inch iPad runs iOS 11 out of the box. Both are completely different software and as a result, offer different user experience. iOS is mostly about mobile apps which can be powerful enough but not as much as their Windows counterparts. In other words, it will come down to your needs to decide ​which is a better software experience for you.



Microsoft Surface Go vs Apple iPad 9.7 (2018): a quick comparison
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