Pixel C Vs iPad Pro and Surface Pro 3 differences

By Peter Chubb - Sep 30, 2015

Some people might ask why compare the Pixel C tablet to the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 3 considering the former has a 10.2-inch display, and the latter have 12.9-inch and 12-inch display respectively. However, it is clear to see that Google is aiming its new hybrid tablet squarely at those other two, even though it is undersized.

We should be comparing the new Surface Pro 4 to these other two tablets, but Microsoft has delayed the launch if its updated model, and so for now we have to go on how last years model compares.

We already offered details on their display sizes, but thought you might want to know some more of those details. The Pixel C has a 2,560×1,800 resolution, compared to 2732×2048 for the iPad Pro and 2160×1440 for the Surface Pro 3.

In terms or processor comparison, the Pixel C has a Nvidia Tegra X1 with a Maxell GPU, the iPad Pro Apple A9X chipset and the Surface Pro 3 Intel 4th Generation Core i3 CPU. We are told that in terms of performance, Apple’s larger tablet is very close to some high-powered laptops, although we have yet to see real-world results.

iPad Pro rivals

OS always plays a major part in how a tablet performs and all three run on different platforms. The Pixel C will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the iPad Pro has iOS 9 and the Surface Pro 3 has the latest version of Windows 10. All three have their good and bad points, along with a few neat tricks to offer the user something different.

One of the biggest factors in choosing a new tablet if you have no platform preference is price, and The Pixel C wins out there, although with a 2-inch deficient on its screen size, this was always going to be the case. The pricing is as follows: $499 and $599 for the 32GB and 64GB options for Google’s device, $799 and $949 for the 32GB and 128GB iPad Pro and $799 and $899 for the 64GB and 128GB Surface Pro 3.

There is still so much more to these tablets than what we have covered, although we will need to wait for some hands-on video reviews of the three before we can truly see which of the three has the edge.

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Also See: Android 7.1 Developer Preview for Pixel C, not Nexus 9 this month

  • A-thought


    so now we’ll see how stark the differences are:

    “I’d like to connect one or two external displays and extend the screen across them, not merely duplicate the screen.”

    Surface can. iPad pro can’t.

    “I’d like to connect an external drive to copy, move or store multiple Gigabytes of assets.”

    Surface can. iPad pro can’t.

    “I’d like to be able to use our common business applications from work, whether I’m at my desk or remote connecting in.”

    Surface can. iPad pro can’t.

    “I’d like to use more than two windowed apps at a time.”

    Surface can. iPad pro can’t.

    “I need to be able to print to any printer, both at home and all the printers at work.”

    Surface can. iPad pro can’t.

    “I need to be able to easily store some of my business assets & documents onto the device, you know, in the file system.”

    Surface can. iPad pro can’t.

    We could keep going but let’s not bother. Let’s just ask a question.

    Exactly how is an iPad Pro even a “Pro” device at all? the Pixel C won’t fare much better. so when the comparison is done using the right thing, business use cases, we see that there’s really no comparison at all.