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The 9.7-inch iPad Pro vs. the competition: Which works best?

Apple's latest high-performance tablet is hardly the first pint-size productivity machine.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro vs. the competition: Which works best?
Kris Naudus
Kris Naudus|@krisnaudus|March 21, 2016 3:35 PM
The iPad Pro is great for getting work done, but its 12.9-inch screen is a little too big for some. So now we have the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which takes the original Pro's souped-up internals and packs them into the same smaller form factor we're used to on the Air. But if you're looking for a petite productivity tablet, the iPad is far from the only game in town. We've stacked up the 9.7-inch iPad Pro against Microsoft's Surface 3 and Google's Pixel C to see how well each is equipped to be your daily driver.
iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Surface 3 Pixel C
Price $599, $749, $899 $399, $449, $499, $549 $499, $599
Thickness 6.1mm (0.24 inch) 8.7mm (0.34 inch) 7.1mm (0.28 inch)
Weight 437g (0.96 pounds) 622g (1.37 pounds) 517g (1.14 pounds)
OS iOS 9 Windows 10 Android 6.0
Display 9.7-inch IPS LCD Retina display 10.8-inch ClearType display 10.2-inch LCD
Resolution 2,048 x 1,536 (264 ppi) 1,920 x 1,280 (214 ppi) 2,560 x 1,800 (308 ppi)
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2 3:2
Processor Apple A9X Intel Atom x7 NVIDIA Tegra X1
Memory 2GB 2 / 4GB 3GB
Storage 32 / 128 / 256GB 64 / 128GB 32 / 64GB
Ports Lightning microSD, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, cover port USB Type-C
Front camera 5MP, f2.2, 720p video 3.5MP 2MP
Rear camera 12MP, f/2.2, 4K video at 30fps 8MP 8MP
Cellular radio Optional
WiFi Dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.2 v4.0 v4.1
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Battery 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours
Accessories USB camera adapter, Lightning SD card reader Surface Pen, Type Cover Keyboard Cover

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The 9.7-inch iPad Pro vs. the competition: Which works best?