Apple iPad 10.2 vs Google Pixel Slate vs Microsoft Surface Go

The recent release of Apple iPad 10.2 on 25th September 2019, has added a much needed competition for Google Pixel Slate and Microsoft Surface Go which have been in the market since last year.

These three tablet devices have varied specifications that might or might not be according to all of a general user’s needs. Hence we have an extensive comparison down below over -viewing the attributes these tablets are equipped with.

Tablet SpecsApple iPad 10.2Google Pixel SlateMicrosoft Surface Go
What’s NewBesides the more striking display of 10.2 inches and Smart keyboard support, it almost offers the same specifications as of iPad 9.7. The larger 10.2-inch retina display makes it more suitable for graphic designing, video animation, reading and tasks that require better visualisation. Documentation made more comfortable with the full-size attachable keyboard. 12.3-inch molecular display available in three varied models is designed to meet the needs of user from gaming to different types of workload.Compact and sleek design with a 10-inch touchscreen, the Surface Go is lighter in weight which makes it ultra-portable.  Depending on what your workload looks like, the Surface Go might be ideal for your productivity and entertainment needs.
OS iPad OS provides the privilege of multitasking with slide over and splits view. Working is made fun and productive with the latest home-screen design.Chrome OS brings the ease of multitasking with split-screen tools. The availability of Linux for developers along with satisfying the entertainment needs of most consumers. Titan security enables some more security options.Windows 10 Home in S mode comes with an excellent interface & enhanced system security. It collaborates with Microsoft’s exclusive apps available within Windows Store. Plus, switching out of the S mode is pretty simple with one-way switch.
StoreAvailability of all latest iOS free and paid apps on the App Store lets you find everything in one place.With a verified Google Play Store account, installing free or paid apps, games, and software made easy. You can even install beta versions provided for testing.Microsoft devices are equipped with Microsoft store, which features not only games, apps and software but also the latest movies and songs. You need to do a free upgrade from Windows S to regular version to install apps outside of Microsoft Store.
AppsAbout thirty built-in apps to meet a consumer’s social and personal demands.Users can access Android apps with Pixel Slate accessibility features.Features all the built-in apps that are usually available in most of the Microsoft devices.
LanguagesAll-inclusive language support for over 32 languages, including several dialects for users around the globe. Language is not a barrier any more.You can change language and input in advanced settings. You can download language support for your preferred language if not already provided. You can change the region and language in the settings. You can select from over twenty languages.
MusiciTunes lets you listen and download your favourite music on your iPad.Google Play Music lets you play downloaded music on your Pixel SlateGroove Music and Spotify come pre-installed with Surface go. Groove is great for syncing music with OneDrive an playing your favourite tunes, while Spotify lets you listen to podcasts and music for free (with ads).
GamingIdeal for gaming with App store supported games.Pixel Slate Core M3 is specially designed for gaming.You can play games; however, it is more suitable for your working needs.
Video CallsWith 8MP camera and other excellent camera attributes, you can FaceTime to any FaceTime enabled device over cellular network or Wi-Fi. Video calling made fun with Duo Cam 8MP front camera. Even in dim light, your video calls will be as good as in bright lights. The front-facing camera of just 5MP, lets you make 1080p Skype HD video calls.
BatteryThe 32.4 watt-hours built-in battery, enables you to surf the web, watch videos or listen to music for up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi and up to 9 hours using cellular data. Its 48Wh battery gives you use time up to 12 hours. With fast charging, you can charge it for 2 hours usage in just 15 minutes.  Over Wi-Fi, you can use it for 9 hours of video playback. And over cellular data, it provides up to 8.5 hours.
WirelessDual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) supported. Cellular network with a whole range of bands and Bluetooth 4.2 PAN. Supports dual-band of 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz meeting the needs of different users. With Bluetooth 4.2, you also have the facility of PAN.Surface Go with LTE Advanced and Wi-Fi to support connectivity. For PAN, it is equipped with Bluetooth 4.1.  
SecurityThe Touch ID sensor, makes your device fully secure. It is equipped with Pixel Imprint™ Fingerprint Sensor and Titan™ C security chip for entirely securing your device and information. TMP 2.0 and Windows Hello face sign-in, Microsoft provides the enterprise level of security.
Weight Wi-Fi: only 1.07 pounds (483 grams).
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 1.09 pounds (493 grams). Whatever model you choose, it’ll be super handy and lightweight.
Due to only 1.6 lbs. (731g) of weight, it’s pretty much light and easy to be held.  Wi-Fi: 1.15 lbs. (522 g). LTE Advanced: 1.17 lbs. (532g).
PricingWi-Fi: 32 GB storage in $329 and 128 GB in $429.
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 32 GB in $459 and 128 GB in $559.
Pixel Slate with Core m3 processor, 8GB RAM and 64 GB storage in $799. Pixel Slate with Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage in $999. Pixel Slate with Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 256 GB storage in $1,599.
If you purchase directly from Google Store, you can save up to $350 on each.
Wi-Fi: Surface Go with 64GB storage, Intel 4415Y processor and 4GB RAM in $399.
Surface Go with 128GB storage, Intel 4415Y processor and 8GB RAM in $499.
What’s in the BoxWith the iPad 10.2, you’ll get a USB cable and USB power adapter. The user guide and warranty document aren’t mentioned anywhere, but it’s quite evident that you will get these with your device.Along with your Pixel Slate, you’ll find a power adapter, USB-C charge cable and quick start guide.Apart from the Surface Go, the box contains a power supply, Quick start guide, Safety and warranty documents.
Buy NowApple | Amazon | WalmartGoogle | Amazon | WalmartMicrosoft | Amazon | Walmart

It doesn’t matter whether you go for an Apple iPad 10.2, a Google Pixel Slate or a Microsoft Surface Go, for an enjoyable and smooth experience we recommend some accessories when buying expensive devices. Do make sure to check them out as well!

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Zahra Habib
Co Founder of QZ Consulting & editor at TechVise, Zahra has over 15 years of content development & editorial experience. She is a novelist & has written for media publications, magazines, businesses & digital platforms.

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