Every story of worth has certain components which are universal. Protagonist, antagonist, foils, conflict, and elements which help to make a story worth reading, listening to, or watching. So it is with the technology industry.
Invalid comparisons are the norm.
Think of the Windows vs. Mac era. Windows is an operating system; software. The Mac is a platform; hardware. Yet, they have been compared and contrasted ad nauseam since 1995.
How about Android vs. iPhone? The same invalid comparison applies. Android is an operating system; software. The iPhone is a platform; hardware. Yet, they, too have been compared and contrasted for a decade.
This weekend I read of another invalid comparison. An iPad vs. a PC notebook.
iPad Air vs. Microsoft’s Surface Go: Which Is a Better Laptop Replacement?
They are not the same despite the fact that both are hardware. The iPad Air is a full blown tablet which excels in the handheld mode, but– add a Bluetooth keyboard– and it can handle some typical notebook jobs; Microsoft Office comes to mind.
What about Microsoft’s Surface Go?
It comes with a touchscreen but a keyboard is extra. These days Windows has some touchscreen capability and many PC notebooks have detachable keyboards. Does that make them tablets?
And most Surface-whatever users actually use their devices with a keyboard and as a notebook. The term laptop is so 1999.
And most iPad users actually use their devices without a keyboard and as a tablet.
See? Not the same. So comparisons between tablets– whereby one is not really a tablet– is an exercise in insanity for the sake of an online argument.
Microsoft Surface Go is a full-fledged Windows 10 PC notebook with a touchscreen, but it’s a lousy tablet. iPad Air, on the other hand, is a full-fledged tablet running iOS, but it can double up as a halfway decent notebook with a good Bluetooth keyboard.
Eric Silvka’s comparison was faulty in many ways. For example, he used an iPad Air with a keyboard when an entry-level iPad– starting at $329– would be appropriate. The review comparison video is a good one, but the summary is the same.
As potential laptop replacements, performance is really where the rubber meets the road, and Dan came away somewhat unimpressed with the Surface Go. He wanted to like its relatively full-fledged Windows 10 operating system, and it was fine for basic tasks like emails, web browsing, and document writing, but he found things bogging down a bit when trying to multitask.
Underpowered PC notebook. What a surprise. What about the iPad?
With the iPad Air, you don’t really get a desktop-class operating system, at least for now, but it generally works very well when you need to multitask, switching easily among Safari, Messages, Notes, Mail, iWork and more with no performance issues. And with iPadOS 13 coming later this year, the iPad will become even more powerful.
If you need a decent notebook, get something else besides the Surface Go. If you need a tablet that can be a notebook at times, any recent iPad will do the job.
It’s time to stop the insane comparisons.