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I'm thinking about getting a tablet for basic browsing and whatnot and to run Affinity Designer on. I have been using the desktop (win) version for a couple of years and love it.

I have never owned any Apple products. My desktop is W10, my phone is Android so iPad would be interesting but I'm sure I can manage.

I'm not a professional illustrator just like to tinker with vector graphics for fun.

With that in mind, would you recommend the iPad 10"/4/32gb for $250 or the Surface Go 10"/4/64gb for $300? Don't really want to spend more than that.

Thank you!

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If you were a Mac user, I would recommend the iPad, in part because it has a better screen & is (at least arguably) a more powerful machine. See for example this (now somewhat dated article) for more about the similarities & differences between the two devices.

However, since you are a Windows user I think the Surface Go would clearly be the better choice for you because (a) it runs an OS you are already familiar with & (b) the iPad can only run the iPadOS version of AD, which is a feature-reduced version of the desktop app & requires purchasing a separate (if inexpensive) license.

Affinity Photo 1.8.4, Affinity Designer 1.8.4, Affinity Publisher 1.8.4;  2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 40GB RAM; macOS 10.15.6
Affinity Photo & Affinity Designer for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 14.0.1

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Note, though that the iPad version of Designer is tailored to make good use of tablet-based features.

On the other hand, the Windows version of Designer will look and work the same on the Surface Go as it looks on any Windows machine. There is no accomodation to any of the tablet features of the Surface Go, and Designer will still work best with a keyboard attached. You can draw on the screen, but it's not truly the same kind of tablet experience you'd get with the iPad.

-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 2004 (19041.388),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop:  8GB memory, Intel Core i7-3625QM @ 2.30GHz, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Affinity Photo and Beta   / Affinity Designer and Beta  / Affinity Publisher and Beta.

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Thank you all for responding! I'm leaning towards the Surface. No need to reinvent the wheel with and iPad.

But I might stand by and save up for either the 128gb version of the Go or maybe even the Pro. My laptop is old, but instead of upgrading that, just get one of these. 

Again thanks for taking the time to respond!

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