I can't compare the two. But I can tell you that I am pretty happy that I bought the Create. Now keep in mind that I've never had an experience with a tablet, just an ipad. I like the surface as it is. It is a textured surface that does have a bit of a "paper" like drag to it. I am always worrying about pressing too hard because of it being pressure sensitive & the harder I press, the darker my lines get.
I do not use the buttons on the side, but I am a fairly new user. I am going to ask for the wireless accessory kit for Christmas.