In his latest video, MacRumors videographer Dan vs. iPad Air on Microsoft's Surface Go to determine which one he or she likes for on-the-go computing.
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In this comparison, Dan decided to focus on using iPad Air and Surface Go as a bit of a laptop replacement. The iPad Air starts at $ 499 while Surface Go comes at a price base of $ 399, but in an effort to view them as potential laptop replacement And join to consider equipment with first-party keyboard accessories, which drives iPad Air up to $ 659 and the Surface Goes to $ 529.
In his video, Dan shared his impressions on the design and features of each one, including important productivity accessories such as their keyboard and stylus.
As a potential laptop replacement, the performance is really where the rubber meets the road, and Dan leaves quite unnoticed at Surface Go. He loves the relatively full operating system of Windows 10, and it is ideal for major tasks such as emails, web browsing, and document writing, but he finds things down slightly when trying the multitask.
With iPad Air, you're not really getting a desktop-class operating system, at least right now, but it usually works great when you need to multitask, easily switch to Safari, Messages, Notes, Mail, iWork and more without performance issues. And on iPadOS 13 coming in the future this year, iPad will be stronger.
So where did we get off at iPad Air vs. Surface Go? This is a challenging comparison considering they have some significant spec variation and case usage of everyone is different. In general, Dan saw the iPad Air to offer a more enjoyable user experience, though it was not a laptop replacement. But Surface Go is not his experience, and he's wondering if it's not better to just point someone out to a Chromebook or a more traditional Windows notebook if they're looking for a cheap laptop experience.