iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface Pro 9: Which One To Choose?

In recent years, it has been Apple who has captured the main sales of the tablet format thanks to its iPad and its different versions adapted to the needs of each user.

It is the same company of the bitten apple and Microsoft who star in this new comparison of products under the watchful eye of all those who are looking for a new tablet or, in the case of Surface, a hybrid between it and a powerful laptop. Without further ado, let’s start talking about the iPad Pro and its recent rival, the Microsoft surface pro in its ninth edition.

Apple new iPad Pro
Apple’s new iPad Pro

Differences between iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 9

Aesthetics and design

The Surface family is an ode to elegance, minimalism, and ultimately good taste. they chose Rounded edges in favor of greater ergonomics and are thicker than the iPad, but perfectly justified by the support that keeps the device upright. Once you try it, you won’t want to part with it.

For its part, Apple has always taken care of the design of its products, with a recent trend in recent years towards flat edges and rounded corners. For this model, in addition to maintaining a truly premium construction, its lightness with 682 grams in front of the 879 of the surface both in their WiFi versions.

As for colors, the Microsoft model is available in Platinum, Sapphire, Forest Y Graphite while the iPad Pro only leaves two options: Silver Y space gray.

Microsoft Surface Pro 9


Tim Cook’s firm presents its new M-chip2 with Neural Engine which is available in configurations of 8 and 16 GB of RAM along with 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB of storage. They are only data, but we can affirm that, for its use, purely as a tablet, the performance is splendid.

On the other side of the board, Microsoft offers its processors Intel Core i5 or i7 twelfth generation for its WiFi version and the SQ3 for its 5G model, which we know is the result of a collaboration with Qualcomm Snapdragon. Being a product designed for dual use, few tablets can be on its heels in this regard. It is capable of running heavy applications, games, and programs more lightly than the iPad, without forgetting that it handles smoothly.

As for its multiple configurations, we can choose the i5 processor with 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 256 storage. One step above is its i7 version with 16 or 32 GB of RAM and storage versions of 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB. If we opt for the 5G version, we will have the SQ 3 processor with 8 GB of RAM and 256 storage.

Microsoft SQ3
Microsoft SQ3

When referring to the connections, the Cupertino firm only includes a USB-C Thunderbolt 4, so we will likely need an adapter. For the Surface Pro 9, they have integrated two stalls of USB-C Thunderbolt 4 and a 3.5mm mini jack without forgetting the charging port Surface Connect.


Without a doubt, we are facing two excellent screens with which to consume all kinds of multimedia content. The size is pretty much the same, though Beats the Surface Pro 9 with 13 inches compared to the 12.9 of the iPad.

In terms of resolution something similar happens, but this time, in favor of Manzanawhich presents a resolution of 2,732 x 2,048 pixels while the product of Microsoft collects some data from 2,880 x 1,920 pixels.

Both panels enjoy a refresh rate of 120hz and an excellent representation of colors, but if we talk about brightness, there is a significant difference, 1,600 nits for the iPad and just 450 for the Surface Pro 9.

However, to Microsoft’s credit, we highlight its impressive haptic feedback when using the Surface Slim Pen 2 as long as our pocket allows us to get hold of it.


Both the iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 include a combo consisting of four stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, providing a near-perfect experience in both cases.

Cameras and biometrics

Apple and its excellent photography management get a clear win over Microsoft.

iPad Pro has two cameras
iPad Pro has two cameras

The iPad Pro has two cameras on its back, a 12-megapixel main and a 10-megapixel ultra-wide angle. It has a 2x optical zoom and a 5x digital zoom, all accompanied by a TrueTone Flash, image stabilization, and autofocus. In addition, it is capable of record in 4K at 60fps.

In its front part, it has a sensor of 12 megapixels able to record in 1080p at 60fps with cinematic stabilization which makes it a perfect ally for video calls, in addition to acting as Face ID.

The Surface Pro 9 only has a 10-megapixel camera on its back with autofocus and recording in [email protected]. Its front camera records in 1080 at 30fps and promises an excellent experience with windows hello thanks to its neural processing.


We all ask ourselves the same question when purchasing a device with these characteristics: How long will my battery last? And, indeed, it is one of the most important sections, in addition to the fact that its duration will depend on the use. It is not the same to squeeze your abilities with games as surfing the internet or watching a series.

In this case, the Surface Pro 9 surpasses the iPad, giving away autonomy of 15.5 hours in its WiFi model and 19 hours in its 5G configuration while the Apple product delivers 10 and 9 hours in its WiFi and WiFi plus cellular versions respectively.

As for load capacity, Microsoft sticks out its chest with its 47W in front of the twenty of the iPad.


First of all, we must get used to the idea that both products are by no means cheap and the price we pay will depend directly on the selected configuration and the different peripherals offered by the brands that we want to purchase additionally:

iPad Pro:

8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage: 1,199 (WiFi) / 1,369 (WiFi + Cellular).

8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage: 1,309 (WiFi) / 1,479 (WiFi + Cellular).

8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage: 1,529 (WiFi) / 1,699 (WiFi + Cellular).

16 GB RAM + 1 TB storage: 1,969 (WiFi) / 2,139 (WiFi + Cellular).

16 GB RAM + 2 TB storage: 2,409 (WiFi) / 2,579 (WiFi + Cellular).

Microsoft Surface Pro 9:

12th generation Intel Evo Core i5 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage: 1,299 (WiFi).

12th generation Intel Evo Core i5 16 GB RAM + 256 GB storage: 1,639 (WiFi).

12th generation Intel Evo Core i7 16 GB RAM + 256 GB storage: 1,859 (WiFi).

12th generation Intel Evo Core i7 16 GB RAM + 512 GB storage: 2,189 (WiFi).

12th generation Intel Evo Core i7 16 GB RAM + 1 TB storage: 2,529 (WiFi).

12th generation Intel Evo Core i7 32 GB RAM + 1 TB storage: 2,979 (WiFi).

Microsoft SQ 3 with 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage: 1,659 (5G).


We are facing two excellent devices, but beware, aimed at different types of users and, of course, personal tastes. To get hold of either of the two, we must analyze if we prefer the operating system of iOS or the classic windows from Microsoft.

It will also be necessary to assess the use that we are going to give it. If we are going to limit ourselves to watching series, movies, and YouTube videos, the most sensible thing to do is to buy the iPad Pro, but if we are going to go further, if we are going to do office tasks, browse, or even play and edit, the perfect ally will be the Microsoft Surface Pro 9.

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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.

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