Why pay $500 for an iPad that can only do a small number of things if you could get a Surfrace Pro that can do so much more, while not actually increasing the weight or size of the device
Actually there are several reasons. I have both a android tablet and a Surface Pro. I also have a android phone too. The Surface Pro is nice, it can serve as both a tablet and a laptop, but it has limitations where it can't perform ether goal as well as a dedicated machine of that type can. Still as good as the Surface Pro is there are simply several things that pads are better suited for.
There is cost. A Surface Pro can set you back between $900 and $1200 depending on features and accessories. A good pad can be had for as little as $150. A excellent pad can set you back around $500. Mine cost me right at 300 bucks.
Then there is battery life. A Surface has a battery life of around 4 hours. This is good for normal daily use for purposes that its best suited for. With 4 hours I can get in a several meetings worth of notes and power point presentations. I can even get some good office work done before I have to recharge. But when watching movies or reading a books 4 hours is pretty poor.
My android is rated at about 10 hours. Which means almost a full day of reading and watching movies without recharging. Normal use for my Surface requires me to recharge it daily, where with normal use of my android I can get between 2 and 3 days out of one charge.
Touch screen applications are generally better on the android than on the Surface. Application written for pads are written with touch screen interface in mind. Where lots of touch screen apps for the Surface seem to have touch screen added as an after thought. Most of the real powerful programs that you use on the Surface have no touch screen support even added.
While I'm on the subject of apps. There are simply some better applications for certain subject on the pads than there are on the Surface. Ebook readers for one. I have several ebook reads on my pad, nook, amazon, and some 3rd party apps. Without a doubt they are all better for reading ebooks than anything I have found on the Surface.
Same can be said about most small time apps like calendars and calculators. The fact that a great deal of the apps on my phone can also be used on my pad also is a good feature.
Then there is convenience. For certain tasks a pad, or a phone, is clearly more convenient than a Surface. If I want to listen to music on the go, most of the music apps for the phone and pad are much better designed for these purposes. For quick tasks like checking email, the weather, or the news a pad is clearly better. I can check any of these processes in a few seconds on a pad and be done before the Surface has even fully booted. I keep widgets on my lock screen for weather and news. I want to check, I pick it up and push the power button. The screen comes on instantly.
Finally there is weight. While the Surface pro is light compared to a laptop is down right heavy next to my pad. My pad weights next to nothing. The extra weight of the Surface doesn't matter when you're doing laptop work with it but it matters if you are trying to use it for a tablet. After a few minutes of holding it like I would when reading a book my hand gets tired. I've held my android pad for hours with out the same issue because it is light.