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Can it run Photoshop or Illustrator or Premiere?
I create a ton of presentations and many of them require custom images and vector drawings. I also use Photoshop and Premiere a lot to prepare video from the studio.
64-bit iPad 5: Not quite well enough. The iPad has a wealth of photo manipulation applications and a surprisingly deep stable of video editing apps. That said, getting the precise control you would with a mouse using a finger would be difficult, and the professional Adobe Creative Cloud apps are just not available on an iPad. But with a bulky 64-bit iPad 5, you could probably get by.
Surface 2 RT: No. Once again, not even close.
Surface 2 Pro: Yes, quite well. The peppy Haswell processors in the Pro, combined with full Windows 8.1, a good amount of RAM, and the ability to use external control devices like mice make the Surface Pro a great contender for a mobile media production system.
Can it run Microsoft Office?
There's a difference between being Office-compatible and running Microsoft Office. Almost everything has an Office-compatible solution these days. But because I'm transferring complex files to clients who use real Office, I'm looking for a real office solution.
64-bit iPad 5: Yes, for most people (but probably not me) Microsoft, notoriously, has not released a version of Office for the iPad. But the iPad has many Office-compatible apps that are quite good.
For most people, this would be fine. For me, though, since my PowerPoints are huge, and have to be injested by a third-party webcast broadcasting system, there might be some incompatibility problems. Because I do so much with pure PowerPoint, it's probably not a fit with me, but otherwise the iPad is pretty good (although see my notes on Outlook below)
Surface 2 RT: Pretty much. This is the one place where the Surface RT shines. I honestly think Microsoft should have called it the Office Machine. Surface RT has a complete implementation of Microsoft's Office and it's a good one. Not sure there's enough RAM to handle my multi-thousand slide PowerPoint files, so it might not make it for me, but it would work for most people.
Surface 2 Pro: Yes. Quite well. Again, the good amount of max RAM available combined with fast processors and full Windows makes this a win.
Can it access my corporate servers?
I have our massive media library and all the documents I use in my various projects on our file server. That server (actually a set of servers) is critical to everything I do.
64-bit iPad 5: Not really. Apple is building in more and more enterprise access technology, although whether apps can access corporate servers is in question because most apps can't access SMB networks. This is where the file system tied to each app begins to fail for real work.
Surface 2 RT: No. For some completely baffling reason, Microsoft left out Active Directory functionality from RT. So you can't access enterprise Microsoft networks from Microsoft's tablet. W. T. F. ?
Surface 2 Pro: Yes. Once again, because this is real Windows, it's a no-brainer. It does it.