Surface Pro 6 Durability Test! – Is it stronger than the iPad Pro?!


My wallet is rather unhappy with me at the
moment. But it’s only fair to test the most powerful
Windows tablet: the Surface Pro 6. Microsoft’s flagship tablet was just recently
released, running a full version of the Windows operating system just like a PC, but in tablet
form. It’s even got a little builtin kickstand. Let’s get started. [Intro] This 2018 Surface Pro 6 is currently $800
at Best Buy. The exact same price as the 11 inch 2018 iPad
Pro. The big Surface does come with double the
internal storage though. The Surface is also a tad larger, with a 12.3
inch screen instead of the 11. And a bit thicker at 8.5 millimeters, verses
the 5.9 on the iPad Pro. Two millimeter difference doesn’t mean a whole
lot to the naked eye though. They are both very thin tablets. But when two pieces of technology compete,
it’s only natural to compare them. Some of the Surface Pro thickness stems from
it’s massive kick stand. We’ll see what that’s made out of in a second,
but it’s definitely no flimsy Nintendo Switch peg. It holds the Surface Pro at basically any
viewing angle you want. Let’s start with that durability test. Oh wait, sorry. The full file management system just opened
up. Let me minimize that before anyone gets jealous. Let’s start with the scratch test. Screens can be made out of a number of materials. Plastic would scratch at a level 3. Glass would start scratching at a 5 or a 6. And sapphire would scratch at a level 8. But glass can have different compositions. Tempered glass has the same hardness as regular
glass, but it’s less prone to fracturing. Looking at the imprints from my Mohs hardness
picks, the glass does appear to be a tad thicker than the iPad’s, but we can still see the
pressure transferring through the glass onto the LCD below. As I was finishing up the level 7 scratches,
there was a tiny pop and the entire length of the tablet was hit with hairline fractures. Not a good start. Each fracture from the level 7 basically spidered
out to the 4 corners. So a screen protector is probably a good idea
with this one. The Surface Pro 6 does not handle scratches
or damage very well. The side of the tablet has a proprietary magnetic
charging port. It would be nice to see a USB-C over here,
but it does have a full size normal USB port, along with a mini display port for external
monitors and stuff, all tucked into the metal frame. The bottom of the Surface Pro 6 has it’s little
docking pins, the little gold circles that connect to a keyboard. The Surface does allow you to plug a mouse
into the USB port, just like you would on a real computer. The iPad Pro does not support a mouse. The frame of the Surface Pro 6 is made from
metal, but it’s not anodized. It’s painted, making it slightly more vulnerable
to scratches. I do prefer Apple’s layer of anodizing over
this paint stuff. The power button is made from plastic, along
with the volume rocker…also plastic. And strangely enough, the whole upper side
of the tablet is made from plastic. Once place the iPad definitely wins is with
the camera. This Surface Pro only has a 5 megapixel front
facing camera tucked under the glass, with an 8 megapixel rear camera on the back, also
protected with this little circle of glass. Not overly impressive. It does come with an expandable micro SD card
memory slot though, which is a perk. I feel like a computer or tablet should adapt
itself to the user, and not the other way around. The front facing speaker grilles are right
next to our little headphone jack buddy. Thankfully he’s still around. This tablet has little useful perks all over
the place. Each of the 2 front firing speaker grilles
have a little bit of mesh over the top, but they’re definitely secure. These two speakers are probably no match for
Apple’s 4 speakers, but of course, we’re still talking about tablet speakers. Tiny speakers are always going to be tiny
speakers. The back of the Surface Pro 6 has quite a
bit of real estate. Microsoft has been pitching this tablet as
a computer, mostly because it is, and not so much of a drawing easel. But it looks like art can still happen. I turned the Microsoft logo into a cute little
turtle. Let me know what we should name it down in
the comments. The kickstand is made from metal. You can see the shiny silver glistening through
the paint later. There are 2 halves to the back panel though,
so a double session of Art Class with Jerry is now in order. We have the same shiny metal covering up the
upper portion, so the build quality and material is consistent on both halves. What should we name the shark? I went ahead and changed the background to
a more suitable aquatic environment for the buddies we just created. The Surface Pro 6 is using a 12.3 inch 1824×2736
resolution LCD display, which has a few more pixels than Apple’s 1668×2388…but who’s
keeping track. It lasted 12 seconds under the heat from my
lighter and then fully recovered. Tablets are definitely in a whole different
construction class than cellphones. Cellphones are by far the most used pieces
of technology on the planet, but tablets are still mobile and still should be durable. The bend test is next. Remember, the screen has already been cracked
from our scratch test. When I commence the bend, the Surface Pro
has some massive flex, but does lock out, and incredibly still works. Trying from the other side, we get a very
twisted tablet but with no catastrophic damage. Bending round 2 from the back pops the LCD
loose from the side adhesive. You can see the literal gap as the screen
pops away from the tablet, but the whole thing is still functioning. Pretty safe to say that this Surface Pro 6
can handle quite a bit more abuse than the iPad Pro. It could very well just be a weight issue. The Surface weighs 40% more than the iPad. And that weight definitely adds to the structure. It’s still incredibly light of course, there’s
just more structural material inside. Plus the Surface doesn’t have any flaws builtin
to it’s weakest points, like on the iPad, with it’s massive bend near the plastic cutout,
and the crack exactly on top of the middle microphone hole. Intentionally adding structural flaws in a
mobile product is a bad idea. Pretty basic stuff. The Surface Pro 6 passes the bend test. The thing that probably helps keep things
solid the most though was the kickstand. And extra massive metal plate securely built
into the tablet itself like a structural brace…can’t go wrong with that. Let’s do a quick jump inside so there’s no
question left over about the build quality. I’ll keep it all consolidated into one video. Neither of these tablets were designed to
be opened or repaired successfully – that’s a story for another day. Warming up the adhesive does make it easier
to remove the display, even though it still gets sacrificed in the removal process either
way. The interesting thing to me though, is that
the Surface Pro 6 is still holding onto life with it’s cracked, lit up display, while the
iPad gave up the ghost the very first second of the bend test. Finally, pulling the screen away from the
Surface Pro, we get our first glimpse inside. With it’s massive snaking copper heat pipes,
and big, blocky batteries, it’s easy to tell that there’s more hard wire and structure
inside the Surface Pro than there is inside the very flat elongated guts of the iPad. Apple went for a thin, light weight design,
and sacrificed structure in the process, while Microsoft packed their tablet with guts and
metal. Not all tablets are created equal. And there we have it. A full computer in tablet form, verses a smartphone
in tablet form. To me, the iPad Pro is just an overpowered,
hipped up, flexible Netflix machine. It sure does make artwork look good though. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already. And come hang out with me on Twitter. Thanks a ton for watching, and I’ll see you
around.

100 thoughts on “Surface Pro 6 Durability Test! – Is it stronger than the iPad Pro?!

  1. This is worse than a horror movie. I have my surface pro tucked inside a cotton case stored nicely in a cabinet full of clothes and is away from any sharp objects right now but wow this made me even more paranoid 😭

  2. My kid showed me the vid of him bending the iPad, so I said, yah I'd like to see him try that with a Pro, and here we are.

    Was not disappointed.

  3. How can the scratch test be accurate unless you can replicate the identical pressure being applied with each pick? This test is Jerry Rigged!

  4. The only way an iPad would be useful would be for messing around on.

    I can't see a professional buying an iPad for productivity…

  5. Could you please mute sound of blade carving device and scratching… It hurts my ears. And gives goosebumps… It's irritating. Please………..

  6. bro don't waste your money money don't grow on trees bro i know it's for your youtube but can you do something else less destructive dan breaking phones

  7. Please help us with the durability of samsungs new s6 tablet. Is it any more.durable than apples i pad pro

  8. From my own personal experience, the Surface Pro 6 build quality can't be beat – Mine has been dropped several times now, once directly on it's display on driveway pavement, with the only damage being some minor scratches to the back cover.

  9. Hey jerry you don't know how much i need a average laptop for developing but lack of money i am not able to buy by seeing your video i think you are too lucky.

  10. Who actually cares ?. Your either happy with the surface or iPad will depend on your preference. Personally I prefer the iPad but equally a particular workmate of mine swears by his surface pro and wouldn’t have an Apple device if you gave it to him.

    Either one does the job and I respect his preference. Same goes with smartphones, most of the major brands are pretty much on a par with each other and whichever a person prefers will not normally disappoint.
    Regarding strength between the 2 is like comparing apples with pears. As you rightly observe the really substantial stand on the surface greatly enhances its bend resistance. I’m sure if the iPad had a similar built in stand it would likely fair favourably with the surface. However Microsoft and Apple have chosen totally different routes. Microsoft have gone for a heavy robust design which is perfectly fine, whereas Apple have gone for a very slim lightweight design.

    Having friends and workmates owning both devices it’s interesting to hear why they made the choices they did. Excluding brand loyalty I’ve noticed that the people I know that opted for the surface mainly use it in an office environment so the weight is not an issue however those friends of mine that purchased the iPad tended to use it mainly on the go, for example to and fro work on the train, in a coffee shop, the airport or wherever they needed to use it other than in a stationary office. The iPad owners comments were that the 12.9” was heavy enough to carry around all day (not sure I agree) but said that the additional weight of the surface would be a deal breaker for them even if they could tolerate windows which most seasoned Apple users would not and equally vice versa.

  11. Zack: brakes Microsoft's surface pro 6

    Microsoft: okay that's it I'll "suyalator"

    This is why you don't give Zack anything

  12. All tech industries- We dont want to sell our products to JerryRigEverything.
    Jerry- Lets start with bend test
    😼😼

  13. But iPad pro is better tablet. Not to mention in various benchmark test it beats a crap out of microsoft studio or most laptops. Surface has no chance against it ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  14. Let's do a bend test..
    proceeds to bend it again, and again, and again, and again, and again
    Phew he finally sto….
    utterly destroys and removes the whole screen out of the machine
    Jesus christ dude…

  15. Need a test for the samsung tab s6 as well as the tab s4 which had a glas back that probably helps a lot with the bend test

  16. Please give me any device from your collection which is in working condition after all of this. I really need one but cant buy.

  17. U r actualy scracing with cutter and say its durability test . U did not talk about the change in technology just destroying everybthing u are funking idot.

  18. Honestly make me sad. My bday is in a couple of days . I wanted the surface pro but don’t have enough money so when he destroys it I’m like 😓

  19. Just saw this for the first…on a Surface Pro 6…my Surface Pro 6 just started shaking hard…probably because I was laughing so hard…or maybe because it was so scared…..😂😂😂😂😂😂💖😒😒😒

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